MLB Baseball Betting: Toronto Blue Jays at Detroit Tigers

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Friday night baseball betting on tap as the Toronto Blue Jays leave the ‘friendly confines’ of the Rogers Centre and head down to Detroit to take on the Tigers. The Blue Jays are part of a four team back competing for supremacy in the AL East. Currently, the Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees are tied for the division lead with the Tampa Bay Rays and Blue Jays just 1 game behind. The Tigers have been a picture in mediocrity this season. They’re 39-39 on the season in third place in the AL Central six games out of the division lead. Neither team in great form at the moment with each splitting their last ten games.

As we noted at the outset of this analysis, both teams have been decidedly mediocre this season. Toronto has been slightly less mediocre ‘on paper’ but they’re not exactly a profitable team. Detroit has a losing mark at home (20-22 -6.2 units) and in night games (18-27 -11.6 units). They’ve also been very poor ‘bouncing back’ after a loss. After a loss the Tigers are 15-23 -10.8 units. Toronto is nothing special on the road–they’re 16-21 -3 units away from the Rogers Centre. To their credit, they’ve made money coming off a loss going 21-17 +3.1 units.

Drew Hutchinson gets the start for Toronto and he sure is a tough pitcher to figure out. Overall, he’s been most unimpressive this season with a 4.99 ERA that balloons to 8.92 on the road. Here’s where things get tough to figure–despite Hutchinson’s poor numbers the Jays have won games with him on the mound. Overall, Toronto is 11-5 when Hutchinson starts including 5-3 on the road. He’s been very sharp in his most recent assignments–in his last three starts he’s put up a 1.65 ERA in three Brewers’ wins.

Anibal Sanchez will take the mound for Detroit and he’s been substandard for most of the year though is in better form now. Sanchez has a 4.63 ERA overall with the Tigers winning 7 of his 16 starts this season. They’ve won his last three starts, however, with Sanchez posting a decent 2.74 ERA. Still think that Toronto has more ‘upside’ and that they’re the more legit contender of the two.


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