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Detroit Tigers vs. Toronto Blue Jays - 7/20/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Toronto Blue Jays at Detroit Tigers
Date & Time Saturday July 20, 2019, 6:10 PM (EDT)
Location
Comerica Park
Detroit, MI
The Line
Over: 10.5 (-110) / Under: 10.5 (-110)
TV Channel
RSN, FS-Detroit
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The Toronto Blue Jays and the Detroit Tigers meet in game two of their three game set in MLB action from Comerica Park on Saturday.

The Toronto Blue Jays will look to build some steam after opening the set with a 12-1 rout on Friday. Danny Jansen had three RBIs while Teoscar Hernandez had a home run and two RBIs. Eric Sogard added two RBIs while going 3 for 6 with a double while Freddy Galvis added three hits with a double as well as an RBI of his own. Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Justin Smoak and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. each had an RBI with Guerrero Jr. going 3 for 5 at the dish. Billy McKinney and Cavan Biggio each had a base hit to cap off Toronto’s offense as a team in the win. Marcus Stroman got the win to improve to 6-10 on the year after throwing seven shutout innings, giving up six hits while striking out five. Trent Thornton will start game two and is 3-7 with a 5.25 ERA and 97 strikeouts this season. This will be Thornton’s second career start against Detroit.

The Detroit Tigers watched their woes continue after a fifth straight loss to start the series on Friday. Gordon Beckham had Detroit’s lone RBI while JaCoby Jones went 3 for 4 with a double and Jeimer Candelario went 2 for 4 with a double of his own. Christin Stewart had two hits while Harold Castro added a base knock to cap off Detroit’s offense as a team in the loss. Jordan Zimmermann remained winless, falling to 0-7 on the year after giving up six runs on seven hits while walking four and striking out five over 3.2 innings of work. Daniel Norris will start game two and is 2-8 with a 5.14 ERA and 79 strikeouts this season. This will be Norris’ first career start against Toronto.

Toronto is 1-4 in Thornton’s last 5 starts and 3-8 in their last 11 road games while the over is 4-0 in Thornton’s last 4 road starts. Detroit is 1-10 in Norris’ last 11 home starts against a team with a losing record and 11-44 in their last 55 games overall while the over is 3-1-1 in Norris’ last 5 starts overall. The over is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams in Detroit.

I don’t think it’s any secret that Toronto is probably the team with more offensive potential between the two, but the problem is that Thornton has allowed five or more runs in three of his last four starts, totalling 17 runs in 7.1 innings in those starts. On the other hand, Norris has also given up five or more runs in three of his last four starts, totalling 17 over 17.2 innings of work. This seems like a game where the offenses can wake up, so I’ll side with the over in this spot.

Pick:
Over: 10.5 (-110)

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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