Jordan Zimmermann (8-2, 2.58 ERA) gets the start for the Detroit Tigers (30-28) as they go up against R.A. Dickey (3-6, 4.21 ERA) and the Toronto Blue Jays (31-29) in the last of a three-game series at Comerica Park. The Tigers won the last game 3-2, extending a five-game winning streak. The game starts at 1:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Jun. 8 and will air on FSDT and RSN.
In his most recent outing, Zimmermann pitched 5.2 innings, allowing two runs, striking out three and walking two in a 10-3 victory over the White Sox. Ian Kinsler (.320, 50 Rs, 11 HRs, 35 RBIs, 7 SBs) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run and two RBIs. The Blue Jays were also victorious the last time Dickey pitched. He pitched well, going 6.2 innings, giving up one runs (one unearned), striking out four and walking five in a 5-2 victory over the Red Sox. Michael Saunders (.290, 28 Rs, 9 HRs, 19 RBIs) went 1 for 3 yesterday.
The Tigers are a -130 favorite for the series finale getaway day game on Wednesday, with a total of 9.
Pick - Det
In their last game, the Blue Jays lost by a margin of one run. The Tigers are 8-7 in one-run games. The Blue Jays have a 6-11 record in close games.
The Tigers are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded 11 strikeouts. The Blue Jays have a record of 5-7 when they are struck out that many times or more.
It looks like the Tigers have a slight leg up on the Blue Jays, as the Tigers have won their last five games while the Blue Jays have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Blue Jays are 23-7. The Tigers have a 25-7 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 18th in runs, Toronto has earned 248 this season. Detroit ranks eighth with 273 runs.
Ranking 19th, Toronto is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.717). Detroit ranks in the top 10 at eighth with an OPS of .769.
When the Blue Jays allow at least one home run, they are 16-19, well-matched with the Tigers who are 16-20 when allowing at least one homer.