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Jays vs Tigers Preview and Odds July 14th-16th

With the season temporarily on hold due to the Major League Baseball’s All-Star game festivities in Miami, the boys of summer get back into action this weekend as the Toronto Blue Jays (41-47) visit the Detroit Tigers (39-48) to kick off the unofficial second half of the season.

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Toronto have to be pleased with earning a split in their recent four game series against baseball’s best Houston Astros over the weekend, however the two games that they lost saw them out slugged by a margin of 35-3. The Jays will now look to get back to their winning ways when they open up their three game series against another struggling opponent as they head to Comerica Field in Detroit.

The odds for this match up below come from Pinnacle Sportsbook. Pinnacle is known for offering the best odds and highest betting limits. Their reduced juice odds structure ensures that customers are getting the best payouts for their dollars.

Friday July 14th: Sanchez (0-2, 4.85 ERA) vs Verlander (4-5, 4.73 ERA)

The series opens with a pair of struggling power right handers squaring off with one another as both righties will look to get back into the win column. 

Toronto’s Aaron Sanchez will be making his second start after a lengthy DL stint and Jays fans are hoping for a better showing than the disaster on Friday night. Sanchez got torn apart by the Astros for 8 runs and 7 hits over just 1.2 innings of work. Granted it was his first taste of live action in over a month however Sanchez struggled with control as he walked four batters with no strikeouts. It’s hard to imagine a consecutive poor outing for last year’s ERA leader.

The Tigers counter with ace Justin Verlander who has had his own issues this season as he looks to get back to the .500 mark after consecutive losses at the hand of the division leading Cleveland Indians. This will mark the first meeting this season against Toronto who he normally pitches tough.

Team (Pitcher) Odds from Pinnacle Sportsbook Run Line Money Line Over/Under
Toronto Blue Jays (Sanchez) +1.5 @ 1.54 2.07 Over 9.0 @ 1.952
Detroit Tigers (Verlander) -1.5 @ 2.66 1.862 Under 9.0 @ 1.952

Saturday July 15th: Stroman (9-5, 3.28 ERA) vs Fulmer (9-6, 3.19 ERA)

The premier pitching matchup goes on Saturday afternoon with a couple of pitchers in search of win number 10 on the year as Stroman and Fulmer toe the rubber.

Stroman was rock solid his last time out as he held a potent Astros offense at bay going 7.0 strong innings allowing just one run and six hits while striking out six batters in the victory. 

Mike Fulmer has been a nice surprise for Detroit this year in his second season in the Majors. Fulmer has been on a nice run lately as he’s won his last three starts compiling 13 strikeouts to only two walks over his last 23 innings. The Jays have actually started showing signs of improving against right handers with Troy Tulowitzki and Josh Donaldson beginning to heat up after very sluggish starts.

Sunday July 16th: Happ (3-6, 3.54 ERA) vs Sanchez (1-0, 5.89 ERA)

This series wraps up on Sunday afternoon as Toronto’s JA Happ will look for a better fortune compared to his last outing. Much like teammate Aaron Sanchez before him, Happ got hammered in the 19-1 beatdown to the Astros on Sunday where the lefty lasted just four innings and surrendered six runs and seven hits in what was his worst outing as a Blue Jay.

The Tigers counter with Anibal Sanchez who will be looking for his second win of the year and is making just his fifth start of the season as the starting pitcher. Sanchez began the year coming out of the bullpen as he worked through some pitching deficiencies and has actually been decent in his four starts as the starter. His last time out he tossed six strong innings and surrendered just two runs in the victory over the San Francisco Giants. 

Both teams are equally at a critical point in the season to make a push in the division. Toronto are 8 ½ games out of first in the AL East while the Tigers are 8 games back of division leading Cleveland in the Central.