Toronto (+140) at NY Yankees
It’s a day late thanks to rain, but the last Opening Day at Yankee Stadium is slated for 4:20 p.m. PT with Toronto’s Roy Halladay trying to stop a streak of 10 straight wins in home openers. Halladay (16-7, 3.71 ERA) opposes New York ace Chien-Ming Wang (19-7, 3.70 ERA) in the first game for new Yankees manager Joe Girardi.
In three games against NY in 2007, Halladay went 1-0 against the Yanks and Toronto went 2-0 in his head-to-head matchup against Wang. The last matchup on Sept. 21 saw Halladay allow eight hits and just one earned run in a 5-4 Toronto win at Yankee Stadium.
Although it’s hard to bet against the Yankees and the streak, Wang’s Grapefruit League numbers (8.44 ERA in 10 2/3 innings) and his shelling by the Indians in the ALDS leads one to wonder how confident he will be today. Logic dictates taking the reliable Halladay and the plus money to end the Yankees home dominance on Opening Day. BLUE JAYS +140.
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Detroit -8 at Minnesota
It’s a mismatch on paper with Detroit at 52-21 in the East compared to Minnesota’s 19-53 record. However, the Timberwolves have won their last four at the Target Center, including a 110-103 stunner over Utah. Most of Minnesota’s troubles have come on the road, where they are a lowly 5-30.
The Pistons are secured of a No. 2 seed in the East behind Boston and come off a satisfying 14-point win over LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. There really isn’t much urgency here for Motown, so we’ll go with the hungry Wolves and the upgraded play of Al Jefferson, Rashad McCants and Ryan Gomes. Jefferson is off a 22-point, 8-rebound night against Utah. WOLVES.