Toronto Blue Jays Outlook:
The 2019 season is going to be a rebuilding year for the Blue Jays. The club has a new manager, Charlie Montoyo. He is a first-time manager having last been the bench coach for the Tampa Bay Rays last season. Most of the veteran talent is gone and the ones that are not are coming off of injuries. Should they return to form once they are healthy, they will likely be out the door before the trade deadline.
The plan in Toronto is to play and develop their young talent this year. It is hard for guys to develop if they don’t play, so the plan going forward is to give the young guys a chance.
Detroit Tigers Outlook:
The Tigers are coming off a 98-loss season and didn’t really do much to improve the roster in the off-season. The guys that were brought in can be considered stop gaps, at best. With one of the weaker farm systems in baseball, there isn’t much hope for relief once the season starts.
So, unless Miguel Cabrera can return to his slugging ways once he is healthy and a number of guys can outperform the low expectations placed on them, this is going to be a long season for the Tigers.
- Thursday, March 28: Marcus Stroman, RHP vs. Jordan Zimmerman, RHP
Neither pitcher was too impressive last season, but both also had injury issues. However, if healthy Stroman has a better chance of being good than Zimmerman. Take Toronto to win.
- Friday, March 29: Matt Shoemaker, RHP vs. Matthew Boyd, LHP
Both pitchers are coming off years where their ERA was around 5.0. Don’t count on them to win the game. Since Toronto has been hitting better during spring training take the Blue Jays to win this one as well.
- Saturday, March 30: Aaron Sanchez, RHP vs. Undecided
Sanchez is coming off a bad year, but he did pitch well against the Tigers last year. However, he will likely face a promising youngster, Spencer Turnbull. Take the Tigers to win this one.
- Sunday, March 31: Clayton Richard, LHP vs. Undecided
Richard is coming off a year where his ERA was +5.0. There is little reason to believe he is going to be much better. Detroit will start either Tyson Ross or Matt Moore. No matter who it is, take the Tigers to win.