There wasn’t much attention on baseball last night, as the Chiefs and Patriots squared off. However, there were a couple of notable moments on the diamond. The Twins beat the Royals in a big game, coming back in the 9th to win 4-2. It certainly isn’t the bullpen of yesteryear for the Royals anymore.
The win for the Twins gave them a whole game lead in the AL Central wildcard race. Conversely, the Royals fell to 3.5 back as we head into the final stretch of the regular season. A much bigger card tonight in MLB, with the NFL taking a backseat until Sunday.
There are some important games on the docket tonight, but one of them isn’t in Toronto. The Detroit Tigers who have given up on the season, and the Toronto Blue Jays who have completely slipped out of contention are in action at the Rogers Centre. The Blue Jays had to come out strong after the All-Star break guns a blazing. It wasn’t the case, though, as the Jays remained stagnant, carrying it over into August where they really had to make a move, yet didn’t.
9 games back, it’s too late for the Jays to stage a miraculous comeback. The same magic they once had in Toronto is gone. The energy left when Encarnacion left for Cleveland, where they are having a stellar season. The Tigers and Blue Jays can sympathize with one another, as they watch memories of better times behind them.
I don’t think it’s going to get better anytime soon for the Tigers and Jays. They’re entering more of a rebuilding stage, then thinking about fielding a winning team next season. In any event, the Jays can still call themselves a major league baseball team. The Tigers are putting out what amounts to a AAA lineup on most nights.
I think it’s fine to look at what they got, but for the moment, the results are not pretty. It probably won’t be the prettiest next year either, but they had to shave off lots of salary and that’s what they did in 2017. We’ll see how Buck Farmer holds up tonight, as Marcus Stroman counters for the Jays.
Detroit Tigers vs. Toronto Blue Jays Pick
Buck Farmer (3-2, 7.18 ERA) vs. Marcus Stroman (11-6, 3.08 ERA)
Buck Farmer is another player on the Tigers that should probably be down in the minors. If this wasn’t a year they were having a fire sale, yeah, Farmer wouldn’t be playing in the majors. For guys like him, the Tigers are scouting to see if he belongs in the majors in 2018. His results thus far would indicate an emphatic no. Farmer enters tonight with an ERA of 7.18, along with a staggering ERA of 12.27 in his last three starts. That includes a 1.64 WHIP and .389 OBA. In his last four starts, he’s allowed 21 runs. The last time he was in Toronto facing the Jays, he was mauled for 8 hits and 6 runs in just 4.1 innings. The Jays went on to win 15-1.
Stroman will get the call on Friday after throwing a BP session on Wednesday. He’s been hampered by injury after Trumbo nailed him with a line drive to his arm on September 2nd. It wasn’t serious and the Jays and Stroman feel like he’s ready to go for Friday night. He’s been lights out at home with a 2.55 ERA and 1.22 WHIP, and going up against a depleted Tigers’ lineup. So, this is the game to come back from an injury. Stroman shouldn’t have too many issues against the Tigers, but I have zero faith in Farmer to hold the Jays at bay. The Jays should take this one by a couple of runs or more.
PICK: BLUE JAYS -1.5 (-110)