Detroit Tigers vs. Toronto Blue Jays MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/3/14
Toronto Blue Jays (34-24) at Detroit Tigers (31-22)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at 7:08 pm (Comerica Park)
Liam Hendriks (R) (1-0) (2.314) vs. Anibal Sanchez (R) (2-2) (2.492)
The Line: Detroit Tigers -140 / Toronto Blue Jays +130 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: SNET, FSN-DET
The Toronto Blue Jays and Detroit Tigers will begin a three-game series on Tuesday at Comerica Park.
The Blue Jays are one of the hottest teams in baseball, winning 11 of their last 13 games. While the Blue Jays bats have been getting the job done for much of the season, it’s actually been their pitching staff that has improved during this stretch. The Blue Jays have allowed three or less runs in six of their last 10 games and are 27-1 when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Edwin Encarnacion has 11 RBI in his last eight games and Jose Bautista has an eight-game hitting streak. Drew Hutchinson gets the nod, and he’s 4-3 with a 3.88 ERA and has 59 strikeouts in 65 innings. This will be Hutchinson’s first career game against the Tigers.
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Despite being first in the AL Central, the Tigers have lost six of their last nine games. It’s the offense that has let the Tigers down during this stretch, as they’ve scored two or less runs in six of their last 11 games. However, Miguel Cabrera has homered three times in his last six games. The Tigers have the 16th best ERA in baseball at 3.89 and are 19-7 when allowing three or less runs. Anibal Sanchez gets the nod, and he’s 2-2 with a 2.49 ERA and has 41 strikeouts in 43.1 innings. Sanchez is 2-2 with a 5.48 ERA in four career starts against the Blue Jays.
The Blue Jays are 4-1 in Hutchison's last 5 road starts and 8-1 in their last 9 road games overall. The Tigers are 6-0 in their last 6 vs. American League East and 8-1 in Sanchez's last 9 starts with 5 days of rest. The Blue Jays are 1-6 in the last 7 meetings in Detroit.
Detroit has been in a bit of a slump and Sanchez is an inconsistent pitcher at times. With the way the Blue Jays can put runs on the board, there's value in getting them with the plus money.