Blue Jays at Tigers MLB Spring Training Preview and Prediction
Blue Jays vs Tigers Spring Training Odds
It's only one game, but things are looking up for the Toronto Blue Jays. They dismissed the Phillies with an efficient 2-1 win on Friday and now look to their next game with Detroit. In their opener, the Jays didn't have the offense they'll need to eventually muster, but their pitching was spot on against the anemic Phillies lineup. Joe Biagini played almost as good as possible, giving two solid innings and striking out two, while only allowing one hit.
What made the difference was Curtis Granderson's homer in the first inning, which proved to be all the Jays needed. Picking him up this offseason is panning out to be a good move, but we'll have to see more from the 36-year-old. Randal Grichuk then scored off an Almedys Diaz single in the same inning. So far the new additions to the team are contributing.
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So what about this game?
- WHEN: Feb. 24 at 1:05pm ET
- WHERE: Joker Marchant Stadium, Lakeland, Florida
Take The Blue Jays at -110 at Bet365
The Blue Jays are riding high off a win from their season opener and there's no better feeling than being in the win column, even though just one game was played. They had a good game not only from Granderson, Grichuk, and Diaz, but their minor leaguers banged up Pivetta pretty good as well, even if they got no runs out of it. Al Alberquerque and Craig Breslow each pitched an inning, but only allowed one hit each.
Danny Barnes, a rightie, will take the mound on Saturday. He's a relief pitcher, so we should expect a similar start in terms of length to that of Biagini. In Barnes' 66 IP in 60 games played last season, his record was only 3-6, but he held a WHIP of 1.09 and ERA of 3.55. He's projected to do a bit better this season at 3-4. We are expecting another low scoring game here with Barnes doing his part.
The Detroit Tigers, by contrast, are coming off a 3-1 loss to the Yankees. Chad Huffman's RBI single in the first wasn't enough as they allowed the Yanks to pull ahead of them with a three-run bottom of the 6th. The good news for them is that they prevented new Yankee Giancarlo Stanton from making any noise with his bat in his opener on the team. Miguel Cabrera went 1 for 2 with a single.
Jodran Zimmermann is starting this game for the Tigers. The 31-year-old has been a serviceable starter during his career, but faltered a bit last season with an 8-13 record in the 29 games he played and started. Overall, his ERA was a high 6.08 with an even worse WHIP of 1.55, and in the 160 innings he pitched, he only struck out 103. The right hander is expected to have a better year, but we don't see him doing a 180.
Look for Barnes and Zimmermann to play well, but Toronto's offense will have that extra bit to push them over the edge in a game that will be very similar to both teams' openers. That being said, Detroit loses again and the Blue Birds fly away with this one. The books aren't going to adjust prices on this team for a while, so let's take them while we can, this time at even money. Take the Toronto Blue Jays at Bet365.
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