In a game that has the potential for a lot of runs, Buck Farmer (0-2, 7.80 ERA) and the Detroit Tigers (60-67) are in Toronto to square off against Drew Hutchison (12-2, 5.06 ERA) and the Blue Jays (71-56). This is the second of a three-game series at the Rogers Centre. The Blue Jays won the last game 5-3 and Toronto leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 1:07 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 29 and can be seen on FSDT, RSN and MLBN.
Hutchison pitched 6.2 innings in his last outing, surrendering one run, striking out five and walking one in a 3-1 win over the Yankees. Jose Bautista (.243, 85 Rs, 30 HRs, 87 RBIs, 6 SBs) went 1 for 2 yesterday with one run and one stolen base. Farmer went 5.1 innings, surrendering three runs, striking out three and walking three in a 12-5 defeat to the Reds in his most recent start. J.D. Martinez (.292, 76 Rs, 34 HRs, 87 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday.
This one isn't expected to be close when Toronto, a substantial -251 favorite, takes on Detroit. The matchup has an estimated Over/Under (O/U) of nine runs. The Blue Jays have recorded an overall money line of +552 and have shown high-level performance as a favorite this season with a record of 52-28. The Blue Jays have no trouble scoring as they lead the AL in offense with 5.4 runs per game. The Blue Jays are one of the best in the AL in terms of hits with a phenomenal 8.9 per game. Toronto is one of the best in the AL in terms of walks, earning an average of 3.4 per game.
Over in the other dugout, Detroit is coming in with an overall money line of -739 and a disappointing record of 26-39 as the underdog. The Tigers are tough outs for opponents, leading the AL with 9.5 hits per game.
The Tigers lead the season series, 2-1. The Blue Jays have a 53-44 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Farmer takes the mound. Hutchison (RHP) will be on the hill against the Tigers, who have a 42-53 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - Tor, O/U - Over
After last game's shutout win against the Detroit, the Blue Jays now have eight shutouts this season. The Tigers have been shut out in six games this season.
Having scored zero runs in their last game, the Blue Jays are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Tigers have a 10-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs.
When they are outhit, the Tigers are 7-45. The Blue Jays have a 12-45 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 13th in home runs, Detroit has hit 129 this season. Toronto ranks second with 173 home runs.
Ranking first in hits, Detroit has earned 9.50 per game this season. Toronto ranks fourth with 8.90 hits.
Toronto ranks at the top of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage of .781. Detroit ranks in the top five at second with an OPS of .764.
The Tigers are 29-52 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Blue Jays are 41-40 when they allow at least one homer.