Toronto Blue Jays vs Detroit Tigers Prediction, 7/8/2023 MLB Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Toronto Blue Jays vs Detroit Tigers
Date: Saturday, July 8, 2023
Location: Comerica Park in Detroit, MI
TV: Bally Sports Detroit
Odds/Point Spread: Toronto (-210) Detroit (+180)
The Toronto Blue Jays (48-40) are hitting the road to Comerica Park on Saturday where they will attempt to defeat the Detroit Tigers (38-48). The odds on this game have Toronto at -210 and Detroit is coming in at +180. The betting total is set at 8.5. The pitchers who are expected to start are Kevin Gausman and Matt Manning.
The Blue Jays have compiled 162 two-baggers as a unit and have knocked 99 balls out of the park. Toronto has a slugging rate of .418 and have struck out 706 times, while taking a walk on 275 occasions. As a squad, the Toronto Blue Jays are recording 4.5 runs per game, which ranks them 17th in the league. They have accounted for 373 runs batted in and 791 hits for the year, and their average at the plate is sitting at .261. They have earned a total of 394 runs scored while holding a team on-base percentage of .327.
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The Blue Jays have a team ERA of 3.90 on the season (9th in the league), and their staff has rung up 835 hitters. Blue Jays pitchers have surrendered 116 long balls in addition to 369 runs in total (10th in baseball). Their pitching staff has walked 261 opposing players and their FIP sits at 4.22 as a unit this season. Toronto has given up 719 hits (8.3 per 9 innings) and 339 earned runs. They have earned a K/BB ratio of 3.20 and their pitching staff holds a collective WHIP of 1.25.
Blue Jays relief pitchers have come into the game with runners on base 94 times in addition to having 92 appearances in high leverage situations. The bullpen have racked up 51 holds on the year (8th in the league). The Blue Jays relief pitchers have a save rate of 78.9% and has come into the game in 89 save situations. They have compiled 30 saves on the season and have missed out on 8 of their 38 save opportunities. The relief pitchers have inherited 134 base runners on the season with 21.6% of those players crossed home plate. The Blue Jays have sent 292 relievers to the hill so far this year.
The Toronto Blue Jays have earned a total of 2,348 putouts this season, in addition to 688 assists and 46 errors. Their fielding percentage sits at .985 which is 19th in MLB, and have a total of 68 double plays. The Blue Jays have transformed 69.1% of balls in play into outs out of their 7,044 innings, which ranks them 16th in professional baseball.
Gausman has thrown 1,461 innings and has totaled 1,512 strikeouts thus far in his career. Gausman (83-86 career win-loss mark) sits with a FIP of 3.60 while going up against 6,138 hitters in the majors. His earned run average is 3.87 (628 earned runs allowed) and his WHIP is 1.266. He has surrendered 1,449 base knocks (8.9 hits per nine innings) with 401 free passes.
Detroit has a total of 81 home runs this season and 328 RBIs. They have recorded 131 doubles, while taking a walk 283 times as well as notching 339 runs. The Detroit Tigers have accumulated an on-base percentage of .301 as well as a team batting average of .231 this season. The Tigers have a team slugging percentage of .369 and they average 3.94 runs per contest (28th in the league). They have been called out on strikes on 766 instances (15th in MLB) and have earned 672 hits.
The Tigers have a team WHIP of 1.255 in addition to having a FIP of 4.25 as a pitching staff for the season. Their K/BB ratio sits at 8.50 (726 strikeouts vs 240 bases on balls). They come in at 14th in the league as a pitching staff in total hits relinquished with 723. They have relinquished 107 homers and they allow 4.88 runs per 9 innings (23rd in baseball). The Detroit pitching staff have surrendered 416 runs so far this season and come in with a team ERA of 4.46 (380 earned runs allowed).
Detroit has had relief pitchers step onto the mound in 31 save opportunities and they have earned 17 saves. They are ranked 24th in baseball with a save percentage of 54.8%, and they have dispatched 279 relievers to the hill on the season. Their relief pitchers have stepped onto the mound 95 times in high leverage situations and on 98 occasions with base runners. Detroit relievers hold an inherited score rate of 34.6% out of their 136 inherited runners. With 80 save situations, the Tigers have accrued 47 holds in addition to 14 blown saves.
The Detroit Tigers have turned 65 double plays and hold a fielding percentage of .982 (28th in professional baseball). The Tigers have recorded 752 assists, 56 errors and have earned 2,303 putouts for the year. Out of their 6,909 innings on the field, the Tigers have accumulated a defensive efficiency of 69.5% (11th in the majors).
During his career, Manning has conceded 171 hits while tallying 120 strikeouts in 170 innings pitched. He has allowed 91 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.348 and a FIP of 4.4. He has a K/BB ratio of 2.03 and he has faced 743 batters so far in his pro baseball career. Manning (8-11 career win-loss mark) has a 4.80 earned run average while giving up 9.0 hits per 9 innings.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread or moneyline?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Detroit (+180)
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