Blue Jays vs. Tigers Match Prediction and Betting Odds 2018/19Published March 26, 2019
The Toronto Blue Jays will host a four-game series against the Detroit Tigers to start the 2019 MLB season. Detroit has not announced who the starting pitchers will be for all four games yet. The known starters are as follows:
- Thursday, March 28: Marcus Stroman, RHP vs. Jordan Zimmerman, RHP
- Friday, March 29: Matt Shoemaker, RHP vs. Matthew Boyd, LHP
- Saturday, March 30: Aaron Sanchez, RHP vs. Undecided
- Sunday, March 31: Clayton Richard, LHP vs. Undecided
Spring Training Outlook:
Neither team is going to enter the regular season having hit the ball well during spring training. But the Blue Jays have done a little better; their team batting average is .259 through 30 games. Detroit has only been able to hit .248 through 32 games.
The Tigers pitching staff has fared a little better than Toronto’s pitching staff, though. In 32 games, they have an ERA of 4.71; Toronto’s is 5.14 (in 30 games). Opposing batters are making more contact with Detroit’s pitchers (.256) than Toronto’s (.248).
Both teams are looking to rebuild this season, but the Blue Jays are a little better equipped than the Tigers. They already have some promising young talent in place; they just need it to develop and emerge as the major league talents they are expected to be. When that happens, though, is anyone’s guess.
Detroit doesn’t really have much on the roster right now, and there isn’t even enough in the farm system to threaten to make the Tigers relevant this season.
That being said, for Game One, look for Stroman to have a better day than Zimmerman and for the offence and bullpen to bring home the win. For Game Two, expect both teams to be more explosive on offence and for Toronto’s offence to carry the day.
Game Three and Four will depend on who the Tigers start. If Sanchez ends up facing Spencer Turnbull, take the Tigers. As for Game Four, Clayton Richard may be able to outpitch Matt Moore (since neither are very promising) but not Tyson Ross. Either way, take the Tigers to win this one.