Red-Hot Toronto Opens Opportunistic Four-Game Homestand Versus Last-Place Tigers – and With Some Wins Have Chance to Put Heat on Yankees
The Toronto Blue Jays (54-32, 2nd in the AL East) open up a 4-game homestand against the lowly Detroit Tigers (39-59, 5th in the AL Central) starting on Thursday and concluding on Sunday.
This apparent mismatch series provides the Blue Jays with a much-needed chance to continue rising higher in the standings, and solidifying their blooming postseason prospects. Beating up on Detroit, one of MLB's worst teams and a dismal road team this season will be the objective, that is, before the competition stiffens and Toronto returns to play against it's much-tougher AL East rivals.
Blue Jays fans have reasons for optimism as the early preseason faves are now playing much better after a mid-season lapse and management replacement, the slump due in part to key injuries. Toronto is 9-1 in their last 10 games and enjoys one of the league's best home records at 31-19 this season.
Thursday's first pitch gets thrown out at 4:00 pm EST. The Blue Jays-Tigers series continues with a rematch on Friday (same time), followed by two day games on Saturday and Sunday.
Prediction (powered by Pointspreads.ca):
The Blue Jays will be big favourites in all four games, with good reason. At worst, Toronto should go 3-1 in this series. The question is -- do we back them laying heavy chalk?
Perhaps, but the wiser wagers could be betting the OVER in every game.
These two teams are producing runs lately, as the Blue Jays have exceeded the total 7 of their last 10 contests, while the Tigers are on a strong over trend going 9-3 in their last dozen games (bad pitching helps).
These totals should be beatable as OVER bets, so we will lean to high-scoring games in this Toronto-Detroit series.