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MLB Betting: Toronto Blue Jays vs. Detroit Tigers – Friday July 14, 2017

Major League Baseball Matchup at a Glance:

  • Where: Comerica Park; Detroit, MI
  • Date & Time: Friday July 14, 2017; 6:10pm CT
  • Point Spread: Detroit Tigers -123
  • Total: 9.5
  • Quick Pick: Detroit Tigers -123

Two of the most disappointing teams in the American League will get together in the first game of the second half of the season. The Toronto Blue Jays will take on the Detroit Tigers. Toronto comes into the game with a 41-47 record overall. The Blue Jays are in last in the American League East, but just a single game behind fourth place Baltimore.

For Detroit, they are also fourth place in the division. The Tigers are 39-48 on the season, and 8 games behind the first place Cleveland Indians. Detroit is a game ahead of the Chicago White Sox, who are last in the division. The Detroit Tigers are -123 over the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night.

Tigers to Sell in July

The Detroit Tigers are likely going to sell pieces of their team at the trade deadline. Justin Verlander, the starting pitcher in this game, along with Justin Upton could be on the move. Upton leads the team in all offensive categories. The veteran outfielder is hitting .265, with 15 homeruns and 54 runs batted in.

The Tigers as a team are hitting .254. Detroit ranks 18th in batting average, and 15th in runs scored. The big issue for Detroit has been their pitching. The Tigers start the second half with an earned run average of 4.87, which is the 5th worst. Detroit is watching opponents hit .269 against them in 2017.

Blue Jays Keeping Faith

The back to back American League Championship Series loser – Toronto Blue Jays are keeping the faith despite being 6 games under .500. Toronto fell flat in the final game before the break, allowing Houston to score 19 runs, splitting the fourth game series. Toronto’s  Justin Smoak had a fantastic first half with a .294 average, 23 homeruns and 56 runs batted in.

The Blue Jays on the offensive side have been disappointing, ranking near the bottom in most categories. Toronto is hitting .244, which is 22nd, and have scored just 366 runs, which is 26st out of 30 teams. The Blue Jays starting pitching led the American League in quality starts last season have moved to 18th in the game with 37 quality starts.

Verlander Deals

Justin Verlander will throw for the Detroit Tigers in this game. The veteran is 5-6 on the season, and holds a high ERA of 4.73 on the season. Verlander has struck out 98 batters, while walking 51 in over 104 innings.

Aaron Sanchez will throw for Toronto. Sanchez has yet to pick up a win this season. He is 0-2 on the year with an ERA of 4.85. Sanchez has thrown just 26 innings in 2017, with 18 strikeouts and 13 walks. Look for Verlander to pitch better than Sanchez, which leads to a Detroit win. Bet the Tigers -123 over the Blue Jays.