Toronto Blue Jays (25-31) at Detroit Tigers (26-30)
|Date & Time||Friday June 1, 2018, 7:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Detroit Tigers -105 / Toronto Blue Jays -115 --- Over/Under: 10
The Toronto Blue Jays and the Detroit Tigers meet in game one of their three game MLB weekend set from Comerica Park on Friday.
The Toronto Blue Jays desperately need a win after losing 18 of their last 25 games after being swept by Boston to start the week, including a 6-4 loss in the series finale on Wednesday. Teoscar Hernandez and Kendrys Morales each had two RBIs to make up the scoring for Toronto in the loss, with Hernandez hitting a home run, while Morales went 2 for 4 with a double. Kevin Pillar, Yangervis Solarte and Justin Smoak each had a base hit as well to cap off Toronto’s offense in the loss as the Jays put up just six hits as a team in the losing effort. Sam Gaviglio took the loss, falling to 2-1 this season after giving up four runs on seven hits while striking out four over six innings of work. Jaime Garcia will start game one and is 2-3 with a 5.52 ERA and 43 strikeouts this season. In his career, Garcia is 0-0 with a 4.50 ERA and 2 strikeouts against Detroit.
The Detroit Tigers will be looking to keep their momentum going after winning six of their last eight games, including a 6-2 win in their series finale against the Angels on Thursday. Victor Reyes led the way with three RBIs, going 3 for 4 with a triple and a double, while Niko Goodrum, Jeimer Candelario and John Hicks each added an RBI with Goodrum and Candelario each adding a double to round out the scoring for the Tigers in the win. Nick Castellanos went 3 for 5 with a double and Dixon Machado added a two-bagger of his own, while Ronny Rodriguez went 2 for 4 to cap off Detroit’s offense in the victory. Ryan Carpenter went four innings, giving up one run and striking out three, not factoring in the decision. Warwick Saupold got the win in relief to climb to 3-1 this season. Blaine Hardy will start game one and is 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA and 17 strikeouts this season. This will be Hardy’s first career start against Toronto.
Toronto is 3-13 in their last 16 games against a left-handed starter and 1-4 in their last 5 games overall while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 road games. Detroit is 6-2 in their last 8 games overall and 5-1 in their last 6 home games against a left-handed starter while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games against the AL East. The over is 8-2-1 in the last 11 meetings between these two teams in Detroit.
As a Blue Jays fan, this hurts me to say, but I have no clue why Toronto is the favorite here on the road. Garcia isn’t a world beater by any means as he’s given up six runs in two of his last four starts, and the Jays are struggling mightily. Detroit, despite not having a top-tier caliber lineup, is putting together some strong performances over the last week and Hardy has looked solid in his first two starts, so I’ll back Detroit to take game one on Friday.