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The Toronto Blue Jays will send Marcus Stroman to the mound on Friday night as they visit the Detroit Tigers. The Blue Jays are the -166 away favorite (wager $166 to win $100) on the MLB odds while the Detroit Tigers are a +143 home underdog (wager $100 to win $143) with a 9.5-run total at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
Blue Jays at Tigers | OddsShark Matchup Report
The Blue Jays and Tigers split a four-game series at the Rogers Centre to kick off the regular season at the end of March, with the teams scoring just a combined 18 runs in those contests and the UNDER paying out all four times. Overall the teams are 5-5 in their last 10 meetings dating back to last season.
The total has also gone UNDER in six of the last eight away games started by right-hander Stroman (5-10, 3.25 ERA, 7.2 strikeouts per nine innings). Stroman is making his first career start at Detroit’s Comerica Park but has a 2.17 ERA in 29 career innings against the Tigers. Detroit is just 1-8 in its last nine home games, with the total finishing UNDER six times.
Detroit counters with right-hander Jordan Zimmermann (0-6, 7.01 ERA, 6.0 SO/9). The Tigers are 1-8 in Zimmermann’s last nine home starts, with the total going OVER six times at betting sites, so bettors will have to decide whether to follow the trend of the pitcher having a good individual season, or the one who is scuffling.
Right-hander Trent Thornton (3-7, 5.25 ERA, 9.1 SO/9) starts for the Blue Jays on Saturday, opposite Tigers left-hander Daniel Norris (2-8, 5.14 ERA, 7.4 SO/9). The Blue Jays are 1-5 in Thornton’s last six away starts, with the total finishing OVER in his four most recent away starts. The Tigers are 2-8 in Norris’ last 10 starts when they were favored at home.
Neither team has named its starter for Sunday’s series finale. Following this series, the Blue Jays have a six-game homestand against the Cleveland Indians and Tampa Bay Rays.