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Detroit sends Justin Verlander vs JA Happ in Tigers vs Blue Jays game

Toronto Blue JaysDetroit Tigers
Aug 23, 1:05 PM | GrassComerica Park

Toronto Blue Jays vs Detroit Tigers Odds

56-67TEAM RECORD66-57

Toronto pays a visit to Detroit on Thursday, hoping to shut down the Tigers bats in baseball action at Comerica Park.

Justin Verlander gets the call for the Detroit Tigers and he will try to build on a 12-7 mark. In the other dugout, JA Happ brings a 9-10 ledger to the game for the Blue Jays as he tries to quiet the Tigers bats.

View Toronto vs Detroit Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're backing the visitors in this one, you'll find the Blue Jays listed as underdogs of +-290 at most sportsbooks. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 7.5, depending on the book.

Power Rankings:
The Tigers sit at No. 3 in the American League in the current MLB power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Blue Jays sit at an American League No. 10 on the same chart.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Detroit's No. 6 ranked American League offense (4.6 runs per game) against a Blue Jays defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 12 in the American League at 4.8 runs allowed per game. The Tigers have been averaging 9.1 hits per game, more than the Blue Jays have managed so far this season (8.4 hits on average).

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Detroit has the American League's No. 7-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Blue Jays own the American League's No. 12 mark in runs allowed.

Last time out for Toronto, they were a 3-2 loser as they battled the Tigers on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Tigers at -187 were rewarded, while the 5 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The Blue Jays endured a 3-2 loss at the hands of the Tigers on Wednesday, with Aaron Laffey throwing 6 innings of 5-hit ball at Comerica Park.

Toronto Blue Jays Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Baltimore are 5-5
After playing Detroit are 2-8
After a loss are 2-8

Detroit Tigers Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing LA Angels are 4-6
After playing Toronto are 6-4
After a win are 7-3

A few Blue Jays at Tigers trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Toronto's last 8 games when playing on the road against Detroit
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Toronto's last 7 games when playing Detroit
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Toronto's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Toronto's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Detroit's last 8 games when playing at home against Toronto
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Detroit's last 7 games when playing Toronto
Detroit is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Toronto
Detroit is 19-5 SU in its last 24 games at home

Next up:
Toronto at Baltimore, Friday, August 24
Detroit home to LA Angels, Friday, August 24

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