R.A. Dickey (8-10, 4.26 ERA) and the Toronto Blue Jays (71-56) meet Matt Boyd (1-4, 7.04 ERA) and the Detroit Tigers (60-67) in the first of a three-game series at the Rogers Centre. The game starts at 7:07 p.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 28 and will air on FSDT and RSN.
In his most recent outing, Dickey pitched 6.0 innings, allowing five runs, striking out one and walking one in a 12-5 victory over the Angels. Jose Bautista (.243, 85 Rs, 30 HRs, 87 RBIs, 6 SBs) went 1 for 2 yesterday with one run and one stolen base. The Tigers were unsuccessful to the Rangers 4-2 the last time Boyd pitched. He went 6.0 innings, giving up three runs, striking out three and walking two. J.D. Martinez (.292, 76 Rs, 34 HRs, 87 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday.
Toronto is a considerable -240 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is nine runs. The Blue Jays perform well as a favorite with a 52-27 record and have an overall money line of +663. The Blue Jays come into the game with the top-ranked scoring offense in the AL, averaging 5.5 runs per game. The Blue Jays are a superb hitting team with 8.9 hits per game, one of the highest marks in the AL. They have been very patient at the plate, ranking second in the AL with an average of 3.4 walks per game. As for the pitching staff, the Blue Jays don't give up many walks to opposing batters, leading the AL with only 2.5 walks allowed per game.
Switching gears, the Tigers come into this game with a weak win percentage of .400 when playing as the underdog (26-39) and an overall money line of -739. Detroit is the top hitting team in the AL with an average of 9.6 hits per contest.
In their previous three games this season, the Tigers have a 2-1 record. This game will feature Boyd (LHP) on the mound against the Blue Jays, who have an 18-12 record when they take on a left-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Tigers will be the right-hander Dickey. They sport a 42-53 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - Tor, O/U - Over
When leading after 7 innings, Toronto is 32-23, while Detroit is 28-28.
Having scored zero runs in their last game, the Tigers are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Blue Jays have an 8-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs.
When they outhit their opponents, the Tigers are 50-17. The Blue Jays have a 56-6 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking first in runs, Toronto has earned 689 this season. Detroit ranks sixth with 561 runs.
Ranking 15th, Detroit is in the top half of the league in walks, notching 359 this season. Toronto ranks in the top five at third with 431.
When the Blue Jays hit at least one home run, they are 65-29. When the Tigers hit at least one homer, they have a 44-32 record.