The Detroit Tigers (39-49) host the Toronto Blue Jays (49-41) at Comerica Park on Sunday with the three-game series all square at 1-1. The Tigers leveled the series 1-1 after winning 2-0 on Saturday, their second head-to-head victory in five games this season.
Starter Matt Manning threw 6.2 scoreless, no-hit innings for the win, and Alex Lange earned his 13th save with a scoreless ninth. Riley Greene went 2 for 2 with two walks and one run in the win over the Blue Jays.
ON THE MOUND
Chris Bassitt (8-5, 4.09 ERA) is slated to start for Toronto. The RHP allowed three runs over six innings in his last start, a 4-3 home win over the White Sox on Tuesday. He gave up six hits while striking out five and walking one in the no-decision.
Bassitt has made one previous start against the Tigers this season, a 3-1 home loss on April 13. He surrendered two runs on four hits over six innings, striking out seven and walking three. LHP Tarik Skubal (0-0, 0.00 ERA) gets the start for Detroit.
It’s his first appearance of the season against the Blue Jays. Skubal made one start against the Blue Jays in 2022, throwing four innings in a 6-0 home defeat on June 12. He gave up seven hits and walked two while striking out five in the loss.
In his last start on Tuesday, Skubal took a no-decision at home against the Athletics. He threw four scoreless, no-hit innings, striking out six, in the 1-0 defeat.
AT THE PLATE
Over the last five games, Toronto has averaged 5.4 runs a game, a small gain compared to their season average of 4.5. Against left-handed pitchers like Skubal this season, the Jays have a .711 OPS.
George Springer is the team’s most productive hitter against left-handers with a .642 OPS in 63 at-bats. Detroit is averaging only 3.2 runs per game in the last five, down slightly from 3.9 for the season.
The Tigers have a .656 OPS against righties in 2023, the third lowest in the league. With a .706 OPS over 226 at-bats, Zach McKinstry has been their best hitter against right-handers.
HOME AND AWAY
Toronto is 26-23 in away games in 2023, scoring 4.7 runs per game while allowing 4.5 runs. Detroit has gone 20-24 in front of their home fans this season, averaging 4.0 runs per game while surrendering 5.1. In the last 10 games at Comerica Park between the teams, Toronto is 6-4 with an average scoreline of 4.5-2.2.
The Blue Jays are third in the AL East, seven games behind the division-leading Rays. The Tigers are third in the AL Central, six games behind the Twins.
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