Detroit Tigers vs Toronto Blue Jays Prediction, 8/20/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Detroit Tigers vs Toronto Blue Jays
Date: Friday, August 20, 2021
Location: Rogers Centre in Toronto, ON
Odds/Point Spread: Detroit (+225) Toronto (-312)
Rogers Centre is the site where Robbie Ray and the Toronto Blue Jays (63-56, 4th in AL East) will play the Detroit Tigers (58-64, 3rd in AL Central) on Friday. The Tigers open this matchup at +225 while the Blue Jays are coming in at -312. The over/under has been set at 9. The pitchers expected to start will be Tyler Alexander and Robbie Ray.
The Tigers have accounted for 163 doubles as a unit and have smacked 136 baseballs out of the stadium. Detroit has a slugging % of .397 and have been rung up 1,163 times, while being walked on 380 occasions. As a squad, the Detroit Tigers are putting up 4.4 runs per contest, which is 19th in the league. They have compiled 513 runs batted in as well as 963 hits for the season, while their team batting average is .240. They have a total of 531 runs and hold an on-base percentage of .308.
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The Tigers have compiled a team ERA of 4.48 so far this season (19th in MLB), and their staff has rung up 963 hitters. They have accumulated a K/BB ratio of 2.32 and the pitching staff holds a WHIP of 1.37. Tigers pitchers have given up 160 long balls in addition to 591 total runs (22nd in baseball). Their pitching staff has walked 415 batters and their FIP is 4.67 as a squad so far this season.
The Tigers have sent 427 relief pitchers to the mound this season. The relief pitchers have inherited 181 runners this season with 33.7% of those runners crossed home plate. They have accumulated 29 saves for the season and have missed out on 15 out of their 44 save chances. The Tigers bullpen have earned a save percentage of 65.9% and has stepped onto the mound in 108 save situations. The relief pitchers have notched 60 holds over the course of the season (16th in MLB). Tigers relief pitchers have gone to the mound with runners on base 116 times as well as having 116 appearances in high leverage situations.
The Detroit Tigers have earned 3,180 putouts at this point in the season, in addition to 1,097 assists and 70 errors. Their fielding rate sits at .984 which is 19th in the majors, and they have twisted 875 double plays. The Tigers have transformed 69.4% of baseballs in play into outs out of their 9,540 innings on the field, ranking them 18th in baseball.
Alexander (5-9 win-loss record in his career) holds a FIP of 4.55 while going up against 668 batters in the major leagues. He has given up 178 hits (10.3 hits per nine innings) with 30 free passes. His earned run average is 4.53 (78 earned runs allowed) and his WHIP is 1.342. Alexander has taken the hill for 155 innings and has racked up 134 punch outs in his MLB career.
The Toronto Blue Jays have earned an on-base percentage of .328 as well as a batting average of .265 so far this season. They have struck out on 927 occasions (29th in MLB) and have earned 1,062 base hits. Toronto has recorded 183 long balls this season as well as 591 runs batted in. The Blue Jays have a team slugging percentage of .459 and they tally 5.17 runs per outing (4th in MLB). They have put up 208 doubles, while walking 357 times and scoring 615 runs.
The Toronto pitching staff have relinquished 497 runs this year while holding a team ERA of 3.98 (453 earned runs relinquished). They have relinquished 153 dingers and they yield 4.37 runs per 9 innings (12th in baseball). The Blue Jays have a WHIP of 1.264 and have a FIP of 4.27 as a squad over the course of the season. Their strikeout to walk ratio sits at 2.88 (1,057 strikeouts against 367 free passes). They have a ranking of 9th in baseball as a pitching staff in total hits given up with 927.
With 83 save situations, the Blue Jays have 46 holds and 14 blown saves. Toronto has had relief pitchers take the mound in 34 save opportunities and they have tallied 20 saves. Their relief pitchers have stepped onto the hill 113 times in high leverage situations in addition to 132 occasions with base runners. Toronto relievers hold an inherited score rate of 29.4% out of 194 inherited base runners. They rank 20th in baseball with a save percentage of 58.8%, and they have sent 404 relievers to the hill on the season.
Out of their 9,219 innings played, the Blue Jays hold a defensive efficiency of 69.8% (12th in pro baseball). The Toronto Blue Jays have turned 89 double plays and own a fielding percentage of .983 (23rd in professional baseball). The Blue Jays have accrued 1,029 assists, 71 errors and have a total of 3,073 putouts this season.
Ray (58-56 mark in his career) has a 4.07 ERA and has given up 8.0 hits per nine innings. He has a K/BB ratio of 2.77 and he has gone up against 4,197 hitters so far in his career. He has given up 443 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.338 and a FIP of 4.1. During his pro baseball career, Ray has given up 874 base hits and he has 1,209 punch outs in 979 innings.
Who will win tonight's baseball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Toronto (-312)
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