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#917 Toronto Blue Jays -110 vs.
#918 Detroit Tigers 10.5
Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 6:10pm EDT
Written by Bosun Akinpelu

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The Detroit Tigers will be trying to snap their four-game losing streak when they take on the Toronto Blue Jays in the second game of their three-game series on Saturday night. The game will be played at Comerica Park and it is scheduled to begin at 6:10 PM. ET.

Trent Thornton, 3-7, 5.25 ERA, will get the start for the Blue Jays. The Tigers will give the ball to Daniel Norris, 2-8, 5.14 ERA.

(This preview was written before Friday’s game was played).

Blue Jays Trying To Snap Two-Game Losing Streak

The Blue Jays are coming off their fourth consecutive series loss and will try to take advantage of their matchup against the struggling Tigers as they attempt to snap their two-game losing streak and pick up their first series win in their last five.

Toronto has struggled offensively, but the team is playing well right now, averaging 7.33 runs per game in their last three games. The Blue Jays’ .233 batting average is 30th in the league. Their .300 on-base percentage is 28th, while their .411 slugging percentage is 23rd in the league. The 419 runs they have scored is 24th in the league.

Freddy Galvis leads the team with a .265 batting average and 46 RBI, while Lourdes Gurriel Jr. leads the team with 17 homers.

Toronto’s pitching has been as bad as the team’s offense. Opponents have a .266 batting average against the Blue Jays, which is 23rd in the league. Their 4.92 ERA is 22nd, while their 28 quality starts are 26th in the league.

In his last start, Thornton gave up five hits and five earned runs in 1.1 innings, leading to a 10-8 loss to the Boston Red Sox. The team will need a better effort from him to get the win on Saturday.

Tigers Looking For Second Win In 11 Games

The Tigers were swept in two of their last three series and have lost their last four contests. They will try to end their futility with a win over the Blue Jays, which will give them their second win in their last 11 games.

Detroit hasn’t played well offensively. The team’s .234 batting average is 29th in the league. Their .294 on-base percentage is 30th, while their .385 slugging percentage is 29th in the league. The 337 runs they have scored is 30th in the league.

Miguel Cabrera leads the team with a .289 batting average and 37 RBI, while Brandon Dixon leads the team with 12 homers.

Detroit’s pitching has been just as bad as the team’s offense. Opponents have a .273 batting average against the Tigers, which is 29th in the league. Their 5.14 ERA is 26th, while their 27 quality starts are 27th in the league.

In his last start, Norris gave up eight hits and five earned runs in 5.2 innings, leading to an 8-6 loss to the Cleveland Indians. The team will need a significantly better start from him when they play the Blue Jays on Saturday.

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Full-Game Side Bet

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The Tigers haven’t played well at home this season and have lost 41 of their last 55 games at Comerica Park. They have also struggled against AL East teams, losing their last five contests. The Blue Jays have done well against AL Central teams, winning four of their last five games. They have also done well against teams with losing records when Thornton is on the mound, winning five of his last six starts.

Prediction: Toronto Blue Jays

Full-Game Total Pick

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The Blue Jays have played over the total in Thornton’s last four road starts and in five of his last six starts.  The Tigers have played over in four of their last five games and in six of their last eight games against right-handed starters.

Prediction: Over

First Five Innings Side Pick

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The Blue Jays will win the first five innings of this game because they have outplayed the Tigers in the first five innings of their last three games, averaging 3.33 runs per game while the Tigers average 1.33 runs per game.

Prediction: Toronto Blue Jays

First Five Innings Total Bet

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The Blue Jays and Tigers are averaging 4.66 combined runs per game in the first five innings of their last three games and they will stay under the first five-inning total in this game if they maintain their current scoring pace.

Prediction: Under
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Written By Bosun Akinpelu

Bosun is very passionate about sports and he feels bad to get paid for doing this, but we here at Winners and Whiners are glad to have him as a part of the team. As someone who minored in Mathematics, Bosun has a lot of faith in numbers, and will make his picks based on stats and not emotions. He has been successfully picking winners for quite some time, so if you want to get paid, then stick with Bosun.