The Tigers and Blue Jays meet for the second game of their series in Toronto tonight. The Blue Jays took the first season series, winning two of three games while holding the Tigers to just four runs. They have recently made up some ground on the division-leading New York Yankees and are now 11.5 games behind them in second place.
Detroit has been a disappointment this season and is 13 games behind the Minnesota Twins in fourth place in the AL Central. They recently took two games from the San Diego Padres at home while winning the series but are 4-13 since their season-high six-game winning streak ended three weeks ago.
The Tigers have been a disappointment so far in 2022, but like most teams in the Majors, they are still hoping to turn around their season before it’s too late. Unfortunately, they’ve been having difficulty putting wins together and haven’t won two straight games in several weeks. Nevertheless, their 13-game deficit in the standings isn’t impossible to make up, especially in one of the weaker divisions in baseball.
Miguel Cabrera is the leader in average at the plate, hitting .284 for the Tigers this season. Jeimer Candelario is the home run leader with ten, and Javier Baez is first on the team in RBIs with 38.
Tarik Skubal is the best pitcher for Detroit, with seven wins, a 3.67 ERA, and 113 strikeouts. Bryan Garcia has contributed to the team in a relief role this season but will make his first Major League start tonight. He has two saves this season and a 7.55 ERA in 39.1 innings pitched.
The Blue Jays have been on a tear recently but had their seven-game win streak snapped by the St. Louis Cardinals while splitting the two-game series. After a stretch where they lost nine of ten games, the Blue Jays have won ten of their last 12 overall. They haven’t lost a series since being swept in four games by Seattle during the Mariners’ recent 14- game win streak.
Vladimir Guerrero is atop the power numbers for Toronto and has 21 homers and 62 RBIs on the season. Alejandro Kirk is the team leader in average, hitting .316.
Kevin Gausman is the strikeout leader on the mound for the Blue Jays with 122, and Alek Manoah is the staff’s ace with an 11-4 record and 2.24 ERA. He will make the start tonight at home against Detroit.
The Tigers are 4-13 straight up in their last 17 games, and the total has gone over in four of their previous six games. Toronto is 5-1 in their last six home games, and the total has gone under in nine of the previous 11 games against Detroit.
The Blue Jays hope to continue their dominance over the Tigers and have outscored them 22-7 in four matchups this season. Detroit is just trying to get back on track, as they have now lost ten of their last 12 games on the road. The pitching matchup tonight heavily favors the Blue Jays, who hope to start another winning streak after tonight’s game.
Godds Pick/Prediction: The Blue Jays will win, and the total goes over.