Detroit Tigers vs. Toronto Blue Jays - 6/8/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Blue Jays (31-28) at Detroit Tigers (29-28)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at 1:10 pm (Comerica Park)
R Dickey (3-6) (4.21) vs. J Zimmermann (8-2) (2.58)
The Line: Detroit Tigers -128 / Toronto Blue Jays +118 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSD, SNET
Coming up in MLB action from Comerica Park on Wednesday, we’ve got a series finale between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Detroit Tigers.
This will be the third game of the set. In Monday’s opener, the Tigers destroyed Toronto 11-0. On Tuesday, the Tigers managed a 3-2 victory in 10-inning comeback fashion to make it two straight.
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Veteran R.A. Dickey will be taking the mound for the Blue Jays on Wednesday. In his 12 starts and 3-6 record this year, Dickey owns a 4.21 ERA with a 1.29 WHIP across 72.2 innings of work. On Friday in a win over the Red Sox, Dickey allowed just one unearned run in 6.2 innings.
The Toronto batting order boasts some very talented hitters. Edwin Encarnacion has 55 hits with 25 runs and 46 RBI with 12 homers. Josh Donaldson is up there alongside with 13 homers, 30 RBI and 43 runs. Jose Bautista is hitting just .227, but also has 12 homers with 39 RBI and 35 runs. Encarnacion, Donaldson and Bautista combined to go 0-for-10 on Tuesday.
The Tigers will be countering with right-hander Jordan Zimmermann on Wednesday. Across his 10 starts and 8-2 record, Zimmermann has produced a 2.58 ERA with a 1.15 WHIP in 66.1 total innings. After returning to action following a groin injury Friday, Zimmermann held the White Sox to two runs on five hits in 5.2 innings.
Detroit holds a pretty capable and powerful batting order as well. Ian Kinsler heads the charge on 74 hits with 11 homers and 35 RBI alongside 50 runs. Victor Martinez is playing well these days with 70 hits, 24 runs and 34 RBI. Miguel Cabrera has launched 12 homers with 36 RBI and 32 runs in 2016.
The Blue Jays are 1-4 in Dickey’s last five starts following a quality start in his previous outing, and 2-6 in Dickey’s last eight starts against a team with a winning record. Toronto is also 2-9 in Dickey’s last 11 starts overall, and 1-7 in Dickey’s last eight starts with four days’ rest.
Meanwhile, the Tigers are 15-6 in their last 21 Wednesday games, and 5-1 in Zimmermann’s last six home starts. Detroit is also 8-2 in Zimmermann’s last 10 starts overall, and 5-2 in Zimmermann’s last seven starts versus a team with a winning record.
I find it hard to trust Dickey for much of anything these days, so I’ll take Zimmermann (who has been hot this year overall) and the Tigers here.