A five-game winning streak has moved the Toronto Blue Jays into second place in the American League East
Coming off a series sweep over the Kansas City Royals, the Blue Jays welcome the Detroit Tigers for a four-game series that will take them up to the MLB All-Star Break.
Detroit, like Toronto, have won seven of their last 10 and sit second in their division.
While Toronto’s offence is trending upwards in a big way, the two teams rank fairly close in some of the season-long stats:
Big Picture Stats
- Detroit has scored 418 runs in 2016, ranking them eighth in baseball and just slightly behind the Blue Jays who are number six (428).
- The Tigers also rank eighth in home runs with 112.
- One area where the Tigers have the upper hand is batting average, ranking sixth league-wide with a mark of .270 compared to Toronto, who rank 18th at .250.
- The two teams share 7th place when it comes to OBP: .331.
- Pitching hasn’t been a strength for Detroit. Their 4.55 ERA ranks 22nd.
- An opponent batting average of .270 against Tigers’ pitchers ranks 25th.
Tigers to Watch
- Miguel Cabrera continues to be the star of the show. He is currently hitting .298 with a .902 OPS, 18 home runs, 53 walks, and a .378 on-base percentage.
- Ian Kinsler is putting together a great season, hitting .293 with 16 home runs and 52 RBI.
- Victor Martinez, the DH, has launched 16 home runs of his own with a .316 average.
- Nick Castellanos is yet another Tiger with 16 homers, hitting .307.
- Cameron Maybin has been streaking with his average now reaching .352, though his power has been rather quiet.
- Francisco Rodriguez headlines the bullpen with 23 saves. He currently has a 3.03 ERA and 1.11 WHIP.