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Toronto Blue Jays vs. Detroit Tigers - 3/29/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Detroit Tigers at Toronto Blue Jays
Date & Time Friday March 29, 2019, 7:07 PM (EDT)
Location
Rogers Centre
Toronto, Ontario
The Line
Toronto Blue Jays -130 / Detroit Tigers +120 -- O/U: 8.5
TV Channel
RSN, FS-Detroit
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The Detroit Tigers and the Toronto Blue Jays meet in game two of their four game MLB set from Rogers Centre on Friday night.

The Detroit Tigers will look to build on their 2-0 opening day victory over Toronto on Thursday. Christin Stewart was responsible for the lone scoring output in the win, with the game-deciding two-run home run in the 10th inning. Niko Goodrum added a double while Nick Castellanos and Jeimer Candelario each chipped in a base hit as well in the winning effort. Jordan Zimmermann threw seven one hit shutout innings, striking out four and not factoring in the decision. Victor Alcantara got the win to improve to 1-0 this season while Shane Greene picked up his first save of the season by closing out the bottom of the 10th. Matt Boyd will start game two and was 9-13 with a 4.39 ERA and 159 strikeouts last season. In his career, Boyd is 0-1 with a 4.30 ERA and 25 strikeouts against Toronto.

The Toronto Blue Jays will look for a bounce back performance after being held off of the scoreboard to start 2019. Brandon Drury and Teoscar Hernandez each had a single as the lone pair of Blue Jays to record a base hit in the loss, with Toronto mustering up just two base hits as a team in the losing effort. Marcus Stroman threw seven solid innings, allowing just two hits while walking four and striking out seven, not factoring in the decision. Daniel Hudson allowed the two-run home run in the 10th, taking the loss to fall to 0-1 this season. Matt Shoemaker will be making his Blue Jays debut in game two and was 2-2 with a 4.94 ERA and 33 strikeouts for the Angels last season. In his career, Shoemaker is 3-1 with a 0.83 ERA and 30 strikeouts against Detroit.

Detroit is 4-1 in Boyd’s last 5 starts and 23-55 in their last 78 road games while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games against the AL East. Toronto is 13-38 in their last 51 games against a left-handed starter and 10-4 in their last 14 Friday games while the under is 5-0 in their last 5 home games. Detroit is 5-12 in the last 17 meetings between these two teams in Toronto.

I was wrong with Toronto in the opener, but in all honesty, what we saw was the definition of a pitchers’ duel and a great one at that. I expect Toronto to bounce back in game two behind Shoemaker who will want to make an impact for his new club and has owned the Tigers for the majority of his career. Toronto’s offense is also too good to be held off of the scoresheet two days in a row, so I’ll lay the juice with the Jays here.

Pick:
Toronto -130

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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