Blue Jays Host Tigers in 4 Game Series Print
Written by TheSpread   
Saturday, 14 April 2007 03:56
MLB Headline News

Burnett Looks For Revenge

Toronto's A.J. Burnett has bounced back nicely after Detroit knocked him around in his season debut.

Now, Burnett looks for revenge when the Blue Jays continue their four-game series with the Tigers Saturday at Rogers Centre.

Burnett (1-1, 7.27 ERA) lasted just two-plus innings and gave up six runs in his first start, a 10-9 loss on April 4 at Detroit.

Oddsmakers have made Toronto -1.5 point spread favorites (MLB Odds) for todays game, the over/under has been set at 10ev total runs (View MLB Sports Books). Our public betting information shows that 55% of bets for this game have been placed on Detroit +1.5 (View MLB Bet Percentages).

The start, which Burnett said was "embarrassing" and "unacceptable," was his shortest since a one-inning outing in Atlanta on June 30, 2004 while with Florida.

However, Burnett allowed just one run and three hits in 6 2-3 innings in his second start of the season, a 9-1 win over Kansas City on Monday. He said that the rough debut gave him a little motivation.

"I forgot about it quickly, but then again, I didn't," Burnett told the Blue Jays' official Web site. "It's there in the back of your mind even though you're preparing for this one, because I know I'm better than that. I know how good I am."

Burnett's only other start against the Tigers came on Sept. 28 when he gave up five runs and five hits including two homers over 6 1-3 innings in Detroit, but still earned an 8-6 win.

Burnett will be looking to build on Roy Halladay's impressive complete-game, 2-1 win in 10 innings over the Tigers on Friday. The Toronto ace became the first pitcher with a 10-inning complete game since Mark Mulder pitched St. Louis to a 1-0 victory over Houston on April 23, 2005.

Jeremy Bonderman nearly matched Halladay, going nine innings for the Tigers (6-4).

"That was a tremendous major league pitching duel between two outstanding pitchers. It doesn't get much better than that," Detroit manager Jim Leyland said.

Alex Rios homered and drove in the winning run on a sacrifice fly for Toronto (6-4), which has won five of seven. Rios, who is hitting .326 (14-for-43) is the only Blue Jays player with a hit in every game this season.

Magglio Ordonez homered for the Tigers, who ended a three-game winning streak.

Toronto third baseman Troy Glaus did not play because of a sore left heel and hamstring, but the Blue Jays are hoping that he won't have to go on the disabled list. However, they did place outfielder Reed Johnson on the DL with a herniated disc.

Chad Durbin (0-1, 11.57) will look to help the Tigers bounce back on Saturday. He gave up six runs and nine hits in 4 2-3 innings of Monday's 6-2 loss at Baltimore in his first start since Aug. 26, 2004. Durbin spent 2005 and most of 2006 in the minors.

"I thought I'd be a lot more emotional, a lot more nervous than I was," said Durbin, who had a 2.08 ERA during spring training. "Maybe afterward I'll think about it. This is one game. I threw a lot of strikes and this is something to take into next game - maybe just throw some better ones."

Durbin has had success against the Blue Jays, going 2-0 with a 1.77 ERA in four career appearances with three starts against them.

by: Michael Cash - thespread.com – Email Us

More MLB Baseball coverage from theSpread.com

 - MLB news wire
 - Current MLB Injuries
 - 2007 MLB standings
 - 2007 MLB schedule
 - 2007 MLB Umpire sheet
 - 2007 MLB stats
 - MLB scoreboard
 - Expert MLB picks
 - Accuscore predictions
 - Comments and discussion
 - Signup for theSpread.com daily newsletter
 - MLB home

 

MLB Team Pages

Top MLB Public Bets

#1 910 Baltimore Orioles 76%
#2 904 San Francisco Giants 72%
#3 912 Kansas City Royals 71%
#4 918 Los Angeles Angels 68%
#5 907 New York Yankees 63%
#6 916 Houston Astros 63%
#7 901 Chicago Cubs 60%
#8 913 Cleveland Indians 58%
#9 906 New York Mets 57%
View All: NFL |  NBA |  NCAAF |  NCAAB |  MLB |  NHL

MLB Futures

MLB TEAM WORLD SERIES ODDS CURRENT
LOS ANGELES DODGERS 11/2
OAKLAND ATHLETICS 11/2
WASHINGTON NATIONALS 13/2
LOS ANGELES ANGELS 7/1
BALTIMORE ORIOLES 15/2
DETROIT TIGERS 15/2
ST LOUIS CARDINALS 12/1
KANSAS CITY ROYALS 14/1
MILWAUKEE BREWERS 14/1
SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS 18/1
View All

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Contact Us | Advertising | 888-99-SPREAD

THIS IS NOT A GAMBLING SITE – If you think you have a gambling problem click here.

Disclaimer: This site is for informational and entertainment purposes only. Individual users are responsible for the laws regarding accessing gambling information from their jurisdictions. Many countries around the world prohibit gambling, please check the laws in your location. Any use of this information that may violate any federal, state, local or international law is strictly prohibited.

Copyright: The information contained on TheSpread.com website is protected by international copyright and may not be reproduced, or redistributed in any way without expressed written consent.

About: TheSpread.com is the largest sports betting news site in the United States. We provide point spread news, odds, statistics and information to over 199 countries around the world each year. Our coverage includes all North American College and Professional Sports as well as entertainment, political and proposition wagering news.

©1999-2013 TheSpread.com