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MLB Betting Preview: Toronto Blue Jays vs. Detroit Tigers- June 3rd, 2014

The Toronto Blue Jays and Detroit Tigers are both sitting at the tops of their divisions in the American League, and now we get a huge three game series that’s set to get underway between the two of them on Tuesday night. The series will be played in Detroit, and the Blue Jays have just been on absolute fire recently, while the Tigers have been on a bit of a down swing as of late. This is going to be a fun series to watch, as we should fully expect to see both sides get up for the big series. Game 1 of the series is set to start at 7:10pm EST, and will feature two very interesting pitchers as well.

For the Blue Jays, they have been able to win 11 of their last 13 games, and have also won 16 of their last 20 as well. They’ve been a major surprise, especially since they are in such a tough division in the AL East. Edwin Encarnacion absolutely lit it up in May by hitting 16 home runs, and kicked off June with another home run in a 4-0 win over Kansas City. Toronto is sending out Drew Hutchinson to the mound, who has won three straight starts even though he struggled in his last one. Overall, Hutchinson is 4-3 this year with a 3.88 ERA.

The other side features a Detroit team with some serious power, including two-time defending AL MVP in Miguel Cabrera. Cabrera hit .380 in May, and was a bright spot for a team who has lost 10 of their last 14 games, including two of three to Seattle this past weekend. They counter with pitcher Anibal Sanchez, who may be just 2-2, but has an impressive 2.49 ERA. Sanchez had won two straight and looked to be on his way to three straight before Joe Nathan gave up a three-run homer to Josh Donaldson as the team lost 3-1 on Wednesday.

Consensus

This is a tough game to call, and the Tigers are actually pretty big favorites at -140 on most sports betting sites. It’s understandable when you looking at the pitching match-up though, as the Blue Jays actually decided to push Hutchinson back in his start (he was supposed to start Sunday), after he gave up five runs and three homers in five innings on May 26th.¬†Detroit has the edge in pitching, and I think we see them break the slump tonight and get a key win against a strong opponent. I’ll take the Tigers with the odds.

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