Toronto Blue Jays vs. Detroit Tigers - 7/9/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Detroit Tigers (45-42) at Toronto Blue Jays (50-39)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 1:07 pm (Rogers Centre)
M Boyd (0-2) (6.44) vs. A Sanchez (9-1) (3.02)
The Line: Toronto Blue Jays TBA / Detroit Tigers TBA --- Over/Under: TBA See the Latest Odds
TV: RSN, FSDT
In Saturday MLB action from Rogers Centre, the Detroit Tigers and the Toronto Blue Jays will be continuing their weekend series.
This will be the third game of the set. In Thursday’s opener, the Blue Jays eked by with a 5-4 victory. On Friday, Toronto made it two in a row with a 6-0 win.
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For Saturday’s game, the Tigers will be rolling out lefty Matt Boyd. In his six games so far (five starts), Boyd has put up an 0-2 record, a 6.44 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP in 29.1 total innings. In this spot, Boyd will be filling in against his former team for the injured Daniel Norris.
We’ve got some interesting faces in the Detroit lineup this year. Ian Kinsler leads the way on 102 hits with 71 runs, 16 homers and 52 RBI. Nick Castellanos has put up 98 hits with 44 runs, 17 homers and 51 RBI. Miguel Cabrera continues to be reliable on his 97 hits, 49 runs, 18 home runs and 53 RBI this year. Cabrera snagged two hits on Friday.
Over on the Blue Jays’ side, we’ll be seeing RHP Aaron Sanchez in the start. Over his 17 games and 9-1 record this year, Sanchez has put up a 2.94 ERA with a 1.18 WHIP in 113.1 innings. Sanchez got a win his last time out against the Royals, going eight innings with three hits and one earned.
At the plate, Toronto has a mass of talent at their disposal. Josh Donaldson heads the charge on 100 hits with 79 runs, 22 homers and 60 RBI. Edwin Encarnacion has 88 hits with 23 homers, 80 RBI and 57 runs. Encarnacion slapped a three-run homer on Friday. Troy Tulowitzki is hitting just .239, but also has 27 runs, 15 homers and 43 RBI.
The Tigers are 6-2 in their last eight against the American League East, and 7-4 in their last 11 overall. Detroit is also 4-2 in their last six on Astroturf, and 1-7 in their last eight road games against a team with a winning record.
As for the Blue Jays, they’re 8-2 in their last 10 game threes of a series, and 5-0 in Sanchez’s last five home starts. Toronto is also 10-1 in Sanchez’s last 11 starts with four days’ rest, and 4-1 in Sanchez’s last five starts in game three of a series.
I like the way Sanchez has been throwing lately, so I’ll go with the Blue Jays for the win here.