Toronto Blue Jays vs. Detroit Tigers MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/9/14
Detroit Tigers (62-50) at Toronto Blue Jays (61-55)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 1:07 pm (Rogers Centre)
Max Scherzer (R) (13-4) (3.235) vs. Marcus Stroman (R) (5-3) (2.769)
The Line: Toronto Blue Jays +119 / Detroit Tigers -129 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-DET, SNET
The Detroit Tigers and Toronto Blue Jays play Saturday afternoon at Rogers Centre.
The Tigers are 5-3 in the month of August and a healthy 13 games above .500. The Tigers offense has been struggling a bit, but their pitching staff has allowed three or less runs in five of their last eight games. Overall, the Tigers have an ERA of 3.95, which is 22nd in baseball, and they’ve won four of their last six games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Ian Kinsler has five hits in his last two games and Nick Castellanos has homered twice in his last two games. Starting is Max Scherzer, who is 13-4 with a 3.24 ERA and has 171 strikeouts in 153 innings. Scherzer is 4-0 with a 1.79 ERA in six career starts against the Blue Jays.
The Blue Jays are 1-6 in the month of August five games above .500. The issue for the Blue Jays during this stretch is an offense that has been held to three or less runs in five of their last seven games. The Blue Jays have lost 27 straight games when scoring three or less runs. Jose Bautista has eight RBIs in his last eight games and Melky Cabrera has a hit in eight of his last 10 games. The Blue Jays have an ERA of 4.09, which is 24th in the majors. Marcus Stroman takes the hill, and he’s 7-3 with a 3.49 ERA and has 68 strikeouts in 77.1 innings. This is Stroman’s first career game against the Tigers.
The Tigers are 4-1 in Scherzers last 5 road starts and 41-15 in Scherzers last 56 starts overall. The Blue Jays are 5-2 in Stromans last 7 home starts and 0-4 in Stromans last 4 starts as an underdog. The Tigers are 5-1 in Scherzers last 6 starts vs. Blue Jays.
You see Scherzer's career numbers against the Blue Jays? Yeah. I'll have some of that.