Detroit Tigers vs. Toronto Blue Jays: Odds, Prediction

David Bastl | Updated Mar 27, 2019

The Stro-Show will take centre stage Thursday afternoon as Marcus Stroman and the Blue Jays hope to stop an Opening Day losing streak. Entering this game with the Tigers the Jays have lost seven straight Opening Day games.

Detroit
47-114
AT
March 28, 2019, 3:37 PM ET
Rogers Centre
Toronto
67-95
Runline +1.5 -150
Moneyline +135
Over / Under o +9

30%

Betting Action

70%

Runline -1.5 +125
Moneyline -165
Over / Under u +9

30%

Betting Action

70%

The Blue Jays and Tigers are officially in transition years as both teams will field a relatively inexperienced group heading into the 2019 season. With the Tigers starting the season on the road, it will be a welcome change for a fan base that has seen their Opening Day game at home rained out for the last two years. While Jays’ fans will have to wait for Vladimir Guerrero Jr., as the franchise’s future star starts the season rehabbing an injury.

Betting Analysis

The Tigers took four of seven games from the Blue Jays last season, but have struggled against them in the Dome going 4-12 in their last 16 games in Toronto.

Both of these teams are going through a changing of the guard and both are not expected to do much this season. The Blue Jays are expected to finish fourth in the American League East and are paying +3800 to win it (+4500 to win the league). Their win total is pegged at 75.5 at Sports Interaction.

If you’re feeling lucky, the Tigers are a massive +4900 to win the Central division at Sports Interaction (+12500 to win the league). Also on the site, the team’s win total is listed at 67.5, the second lowest of any American League team.

Of note, the Blue Jays opening day record all-time is 26-16, but they enter this game on a seven-game opening day losing streak, and have also lost eight of the last nine opening day games.

Detroit Tigers

Call it like you see it – this version of the Tigers is destined for the basement in the American league Central. The Kansas City Royals might bump the Tigers out of that spot, but it will be close.

Jordan Zimmermann will be the team’s opening day starter. In the off-season he underwent core muscle surgery and is looking for a bounce-back campaign. If he is successful, he could be a hot asset the team will deal at the trade deadline. While he was a member of the Nationals from 2012-15 he made at least 32 starts and was a work-horse on the pitching staff. The 35-year old former MVP Miguel Cabrera will be looked upon to provide leadership to this young core, but the power from his bat has long disappeared.

The Tigers will play eight consecutive games on the road before their home opener. Last season the team was 26-55 away from Comerica Park.

Toronto Blue Jays

The Blue Jays will turn to Opening Day starter Marcus Stroman as he headlines a pitching staff that has a ton of question marks entering the season. Stroman battled through injuries in 2018, but had a decent spring posting an ERA of 2.19 in 12 1/3 innings. Stroman is a long shot to win the Cy Young at +6600.

He’ll be supported by Aaron Sanchez, who is in the same boat injury-wise. After that the questions start in Matt Shoemaker, Clayton Richard and Trent Thornton.

Unfortunately, Jays fans will have to wait for possibly the greatest prospect in team history. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was rated as Baseball America’s No. 1 prospect but is sidelined with an oblique injury. He is the betting favourite at Sports Interaction to win American League rookie of the year at +100. He is also listed at +8000 to hit the most home runs in the Majors, and a distant +10000 to win the AL MVP award.

Once the rookie is in the lineup he should have some help in the middle of the batting order with Justin Smoak. Smoak’s over/under home run total at Sports Interaction is 25.5.

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