The Toronto Blue Jays play the second game of a three-game series on the road Saturday against the Detroit Tigers. Toronto is 66-60 following a 10-7 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday. Toronto has alternated between wins and losses in each of its last seven games and the Blue Jays have dropped to 12 ½ games behind the first place Tampa Bay Rays in the American League East.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr is batting .310 to lead Toronto and the designated hitter has 36 home runs, 90 RBIs, 143 hits and an on-base percentage of .406 to lead Toronto in each category. As a team, Toronto has hit 189 home runs in 126 games. On Saturday, Toronto will send Alek Manoah to the mound. The right-hander is 5-2 with an ERA of 3.18, 78 Ks and 25 BBs.
The Detroit Tigers are 61-67 following a 3-2 loss to the St Louis Cardinals on Wednesday. Detroit split its two-game interleague series with the Cardinals and the Tigers are third in the American League Central but trail the first place Chicago White Sox by 12 ½ games. Detroit defeated Toronto in two of three games last weekend in Toronto.
Jonathan Schoop's batting .285 to lead Detroit and the second baseman has team highs in RBIs with 70 and hits with 139. Left fielder Robbie Grossman has 19 home runs and an on-base percentage of .359 to lead to Detroit in both categories. On Saturday, Detroit will send Tyler Alexander to the mound. The left-hander is 2-2 with an ERA of 4.25, 59 Ks and 16 BBs.