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MLB: Toronto Blue Jays vs Detroit Tigers | 30 July, 7:07 AM (PST) 


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POTENTIAL STARTING LINEUPS: 

TORONTO BLUE JAYS: 

C | Danny Jansen 

FB | Vladimir Guerrero 

SB | Cavan Biggio 

S | Bo Bichette 

TB | Matt Chapman 

LF | Lourdes Gurriel 

CF | George Springer 

RF | Teoscar Hernandez 

DH | Alejandro Kirk 

 

DETROIT TIGERS: 

C | Tucker Barnhart 

FB | Spencer Torkelson 

SB | Jonathan Schoop 

S | Javier Baez 

TB | Jeimer Candelario 

LF | Austin Meadows 

CF | Akil Baddoo 

RF | Robbie Grossman 

DH | Miguel Cabrera 

This Saturday night is the second match of the four-game series of the Toronto Blue Jays versus the Detroit Tigers. After winning twice against the San Diego Padres, the Tigers will be gearing up for better odds against the Blue Jays in their own arena, Rogers Centre. Conversely, Toronto was enjoying a winning streak of seven up until they lost to the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1. 

 

Following the All-Star break, the Tigers were met with a slow start as they consecutively lost three games after winning against Oakland. This MLB season, specifically the first half, Detroit has been among the worst teams playing, but we won’t be discrediting the effort the Tigers are exerting to be productive this second half. In the American League Central, they rank fourth while 26th in the league. The Detroit team is 13 games behind the final AL Wild Card spot. It’s not looking too good, but that doesn’t mean they’re the definite losers against their opposing team. 

 

Standing at 7th in the MLB, Toronto has been superb on the baseball field since the end of the first half of the ‘22 season. Contrary to the Tigers, the Blue Jays started their second half with a sweep in their Boston series— even had a 28-5 win in their first returning game! The Blue Jays are undoubtedly one of the best offensive teams in the MLB and not to mention that they also rank fifth in home runs this season, hitting 127 long balls. Dearly holding onto the top AL Wild Card spot, the Blue Jays still have a long way to go if they want to level up to the Dodgers, Yankees, and Astros this season. 

 

In this analysis, we’ve taken into consideration one aspect more than the numbers and that’s the injuries. Injuries, especially those of a prized player, can be a momentous disadvantage to a team yet a sizeable advantage to their opponents. In the case of this game, Blue Jays’ Yusei Kikuchi will likely be staying off the field for his slow but steady return from a neck injury. Detroit might definitely be the underdog as they do not have a strong lineup among other things. Still, they are capable of causing trouble and winning if Kikuchi’s struggles prevail.  

 

7:07 AM, Saturday, July 30, 2022. Rogers Centre, Toronto, Canada. 

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