On paper, this looks like a bit of a damp squib. Both sides have more or less been eliminated from playoff contention and it is difficult to split the two on current form. With most Major League Baseball franchises, home advantage should be a positive but Toronto’s results at Rogers Centre would go against that general trend.
Meanwhile, the Detroit Tigers tend to struggle on the road. With just three wins in their last 10 league games, the visitors are struggling for form themselves and it is very hard to justify backing a team that have lost 42 of their 69 road trips so far this season.
Toronto Blue Jays
Like Detroit, the Blue Jays also have a 3-7 record in their most recent encounters. Without a shadow of a doubt, Toronto have been one of the most disappointing franchises in Major League Baseball this year and John Gibbons will do well to keep his spot as head coach – it has been difficult to watch for the most part of the campaign.
While some players have pulled their weight, far too many of Toronto’s biggest names have failed to step up to the plate. In recent weeks, Josh Donaldson and Kendrys Morales have provided some welcome support to Justin Smoak but it has been a case of too little, too late for the Blue Jays. All three have enjoyed plenty of success throughout the year but Gibbons hasn’t managed to get them playing on a consistent basis.
KEY MAN: JOSH DONALDSON. If anyone can spur Toronto to succeed in the final few weeks of the season, it is Donaldson. With the exception of record-setting Smoak, he has been the best player on the roster and Blue Jays fans will be expecting big things from the hard hitter this weekend – even if the Canadian outfit have absolutely nothing but pride to play for.
He has hit five home runs in September and he could add to his tally against what is a very erratic Tigers unit. Donaldson scored two home runs in three fixtures against Detroit back in July and more individual success could be on the cards.
Like the Blue Jays, most Tigers fans have been left disappointed at their shortcomings this year – it just hasn’t been good enough. Detroit are in a difficult division so they haven’t disgraced themselves completely but their 59-80 record makes for ugly reading. In time, big changes could take place at Comerica Park in the coming months.
With four World Series titles, Detroit have the pedigree and the history to suggest that the Tigers are so much better than this; and you’d have to say that they have been poor for the most part of the campaign. According to reports, some supporters have decided to sell their tickets for the remainder of the season; nobody wants to pay to watch Detroit right now.
This is a difficult one to predict but we’re going to go with the Canadian side at 5/11 with Bet365. Toronto are arguably much more equipped to win a one-off contest, especially with the home crowd behind them. Should Donaldson and co find their best form, a victory looks likely and you will be hard pressed to find many backing Detroit to romp to a road win. It won’t be pretty viewing but the Blue Jays may actually emerge victorious this weekend!
BLUE JAYS 4-3 TIGERS