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.
(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 Blue Jays (@BlueJays) July 18, 2019
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 Tigers (@tigers) July 19, 2019
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.
- 4-1 in their last 5 vs. American League Central.
- 4-1 in their last 5 during game 2 of a series.
- 5-1 in Thornton’s last 6 starts vs. a team with a losing record.
- 0-5 in their last 5 vs. American League East.
- 11-43 in their last 54 overall.
- 14-41 in their last 55 home games.