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Blue Jays vs. Tigers Match Prediction and Betting Odds 2018/19

For the Toronto Blue Jays, the 2019 MLB Season will kick off with a four-game series with the Detroit Tigers in Toronto. Both teams are going to be in similar positions this season—looking for young talent to emerge as they rebuild.

Toronto got rid of a lot of veteran talent in the last year. The guys that are left were having down seasons due to injuries, and they couldn’t get good value for them. But they have embraced the rebuilding process so that their talented young players will get the opportunity to develop.

However, developing often means making mistakes and not winning many games.

Detroit is coming off another 98-loss season and is staring the possibility of another right in the face. They did not have a good roster last season, and unless Miguel Cabrera returns to his triple crown form and someone trades a ton of prospects for him, there isn’t much hope for this season.

While all the starting pitchers have yet to be announced, the ones that have 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

Predictions:

Neither team really has much to be proud of on their pitching staffs. There is hope for Stroman and Sanchez if they can remain healthy, but it has been a while since either really pitched well. The Tigers have a promising youngster in Spencer Turnbull who will likely start the Saturday game. It will be either Matt Moore or Tyson Ross on Sunday.

Stroman has a little more potential for upside than Zimmerman, so take the Blue Jays to win Game One. For Game Two both pitchers had ERAs around 5.0 last season; the offence will win the day in this one. Take Toronto to win.

Sanchez has the most promise on Toronto’s staff but is coming off a bad year. Detroit will likely start a promising young pitcher, Spencer Turnbull. Take Detroit to win. For the final game, no matter who the Tigers start, take them to win.

For the final game, no matter who the Tigers start, take them to win.

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