Detroit Tigers at Toronto Blue Jays
|Date & Time||Saturday March 30, 2019, 3:07 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Detroit Tigers +122 / Toronto Blue Jays -135 -- Over/Under: 8.5
The Detroit Tigers and Toronto Blue Jays meet Saturday in MLB action at Rogers Centre.
The Detroit Tigers were shutout in their second game after producing a shutout opening day. The one concern the Tigers should have early on is that they’ve produced a combined two runs in the first 19 innings. Of course, the Tigers were ranked 26th in the league last year with 630 runs scored, so I guess it shouldn’t be that big of a surprise. The Detroit Tigers hope to start a season 2-1 or better for the fifth time in the last six years. Nicholas Castellanos leads the Tigers with three hits while Niko Goodrum and Jeimer Candelario have combined for two hits. Spencer Turnbull gets the ball, and he was 0-2 with a 6.06 ERA and 15 strikeouts last season. This will be Turnbull’s first career game against the Blue Jays.
The Toronto Blue Jays woke up offensively in their second game of the season and the pitching staff has come out smoking out of the gate. The Blue Jays have allowed just two runs in their first 19 innings and have 24 strikeouts. Toronto was 27th in baseball last season with a 4.85 ERA, so this is a pleasant surprise early. The Toronto Blue Jays hope to start a season 2-1 or better for the third time in the last five years. Brandon Drury leads the Blue Jays with two hits while Justin Smoak and Teoscar Hernandez have combined for four hits and three RBI. Aaron Sanchez gets the ball, and he was 4-6 with a 4.89 ERA and 86 strikeouts last season. Sanchez is 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA and 30 strikeouts in his career against the Tigers.
The Tigers are 24-55 in their last 79 road games, 2-5 in their last 7 during game 3 of a series and 29-61 in their last 90 overall. The Blue Jays are 2-6 in their last 8 games on astroturf, 4-0 in Sanchez's last 4 home starts and 4-1 in Sanchez's last 5 starts. The Tigers are 5-12 in the last 17 meetings in Toronto and the under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. The over is 6-1 in Sanchez's last 7 starts overall. The over is 5-1 in Tigers last 6 overall.
Sanchez was not good at all last season, which included a 4.89 ERA and an allowed batting average of .262. He had a serious problem with control and was actually worse at home than on the road when factoring in his allowed batting average. With that said, the Detroit Tigers can't score, so I'm not sure it's worth putting in serious stock into this pitching matchup. Through 19 innings, the Tigers have done nothing offensively and don't exactly have a lineup that makes you think a change is coming. I'll lay the reasonable price with the Toronto Blue Jays at home.