Blue Jays open season vs. Cleveland Indians

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The expectations are high in Toronto this year and Tuesday night, the revamped Blue Jays roster takes the field vs. an Indians squad who also underwent a slew of changes during the off-season


Toronto enters the 2013 campaign as one of the top favorites to win the World Series according to baseball futures and the roster has the look of a champion but skeptics and sharps seem to be siding with the underdog in the season opener vs. Cleveland.


National Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey takes the hill with his new Blue Jay teammates Tuesday and books are asking bettors to lay upwards of -175 for a play on the aging knuckleballer.


Toronto’s offense could help drive the team to victories in one of the highest scoring parks in baseball and the opening day lineup looks solid:


SS J. Reyes (S) – Switch hitter with pop and speed to get things going

LF M. Cabrera (S) – Coming off a season to forget but ready for a fresh start

RF J. Bautista (R) – Two-time HR champ looks to get back on track after early finish to 2012

1B E. Encarnacion (R) – One of the most underrated power hitters in baseball

DH A. Lind (L) – Higher in the order than some expected. Under pressure to perform

C J. Arencibia (R) – Solid catcher; will have to make adjustments to new rotation

CF C. Rasmus (L) – Goal for this year is to cut down on strikeouts; lower spot in order eases burden

3B M. Izturis (S) – Filling in with Lawrie on DL; hit .239 this spring over 46 at-bats with nine RBI

2B E. Bonifacio (S) – Aggressive hitter who spreads the ball to all fields


The moneyline on Toronto matches the mantle of expectation and while Toronto has the weapons to win this game straight-up, it’s far too expensive for our liking. The Blue Jays bats look good, however and Masterson struggled through a lot of last season.

Pick: Take the Blue Jays Team Total Over 4.5 runs (-123)


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