What seemed to be a highly contested series that would be decided by a personal error and a few runs, turned into a dazzling display of skill and concentration for Toronto. The Canadians were in total control for all 18 innings and the fact that they won both games is hardly surprising. Harder to explain is the bookmakers’ resolve to rate the hosts as underdogs and offer punters a chance to win big.
Bet: Toronto Blue Jays
Odds: bet365 2.35
Detroit entered this contest with excellent pitching and a fairly convincing offense, but everything went down the drain from the first innings of game one. Their starting pitchers fell miserably and were retired before the seventh inning, leaving the relievers to sort out the mess. Naturally, they felt powerless against the team that outscored Boston just a week ago and this brings us to game three and a rare chance for the Blue Jays to sweep the visitors.
Streak expanded to four wins
If Toronto wins this match, they will extend their winning streak to four victories, while Detroit will lose four games in a row for the first time in 2012. It would also mean that the hosts would be tied with the Orioles and Rays for the second place in the East, while the gap separating the Tigers from the leading White Sox will get wider. Toronto’s Edwin Encarnacion is scoring a home run game after game and his impressive form should offset the lose of Jeff Mathis who was sent to the disabled list.
As far as pitching goes, Detroit has the upper hand because Doug Fister’s ERA of 4.03 is almost two runs better than his counterpart. Cecil has allowed an average of 6 runs per game and he was unlucky not to receive any support from his teammates during the games when he struggled. This shouldn’t happen tonight, because while the Tigers are hitting less than they usually do, the Blue Jays have turned into a run-scoring machine.
As Toronto plays better the odds for a home victory are rising, and today bet365 went as far as rewarding those who put their confidence in the Blue Jays with odds of 2.35. The visitors might have the slightly better pitcher, but they lack everything else starting from home pitch advantage and ending with effective batting. Unless you like the idea of shoving all your chips on one card, it is better to go against the odds and back Toronto for a third consecutive win over Detroit.