Runs may be hard to come by in this one as Michael Fulmer (5-1, 3.24 ERA) and the Detroit Tigers (28-28) meet J.A. Happ (6-2, 3.06 ERA) and the Toronto Blue Jays (31-27) in the first of a three-game series at Comerica Park. The game starts at 7:10 p.m. ET on Monday, Jun. 6 and will air on FSDT and RSN.
In his last start, Fulmer pitched 7.2 innings, allowing zero runs, striking out eight and walking two in a 3-0 victory over the Angels. Victor Martinez (.352, 24 Rs, 9 HRs, 34 RBIs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 4. The Blue Jays were victorious over the Yankees 4-1 the last time Happ pitched. He went 6.0 innings, allowing one run, striking out three and walking two.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game a Tigers -120 matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 9.
Predictions: SU Winner - TOR
The Blue Jays won their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Tigers are 7-7. The Blue Jays are 6-10 in close games this season.
The Tigers are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Blue Jays have a 6-5 record when opponents give up one walk or less.
When they are outhit, the Tigers are 4-18. The Blue Jays have a 6-18 record when opponents outhit them.
Detroit ranks in the top half of the league when it comes to home runs, hitting 70 this season. Toronto ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 75.
Ranking 25th, Toronto is near the bottom of the league in hits, notching 7.93 per game. Detroit ranks in the top five at fourth with 9.21.
Ranking 18th, Toronto is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.725). Detroit ranks in the top 10 at eighth with an OPS of .767.
The Blue Jays are 16-18 when they allow at least one home run. The Tigers perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 15-20 record.