Ty Cobb, Kirk Gibson, Alan Trammell, Lou Whitaker, Jack Morris and even Justin Verlander are long gone. But the Detroit Tigers have a new manager and a host of free agents from a busy offseason to provide hope for a return to Major League Baseball competitiveness in 2021.
Led by high-paid and hard-hitting 1B/DH Miguel Cabrera, plus a pitching rotation projected to include Matthew Boyd, Spencer Turnbull, José Ureña and Julio Teheran, the 2021 Tigers are a longshot to win the AL Central (+6600), much less the World Series (+10000). But they were close to an even-money bet to win more than 69 games this year and climb out of the MLB basement. And rookie Akil Baddoo is already turning heads just a week into the young season.
Here’s a complete look at betting on or against the Detroit Tigers at the top online sportsbooks in Michigan, including the best available odds for upcoming Tigers games plus deeper franchise stats to help pick those winners.
See below for the best available Detroit Tigers game lines (moneyline, run line, totals) at top online sportsbooks in Michigan. Click on any odds to go directly to the sportsbook, claim your bonus and get your Tigers bets in:
Here’s where you’ll find the best current Tigers futures odds from the top online sportsbooks in Michigan. Feed includes Tigers World Series odds, Tigers pennant odds and Tigers AL Central odds. Click on any odds to go directly to the sportsbook and claim your bonus:
Think Miguel Cabrera can return to form and hit more than 30 home runs? How about get a couple hits and the Tigers win on a given day? You can bet on these options and more in the MLB props markets at Michigan sportsbooks. Here’s a look at today’s best Cabrera prop odds:
When Comerica Park opened in 2000, it wasn’t the friendliest ballpark in the majors for hitters. However, major dimensional changes have turned it into a much more hitter-friendly stadium. You should consider ballpark setup when betting on Tigers home games.
Comerica Park is still considered a big ballpark, but it began as a behemoth. Its 420-foot center field wall remains intact, but the left-field fence has been moved in to 370 feet from 395. There was a flagpole in play in the left-center field as an homage to the old Tiger Stadium, but it has since been moved out of play.
However, there’s a dirt stripe that goes from the pitcher’s mound to home plate, referred to as the “keyhole,” that remains. It is difficult to quantify the keyhole or flagpole’s effect on hitters.
The one thing we do know is that Comerica Park isn’t exactly as homer-friendly as Tiger Stadium once was. The upper-deck seating in the right field at Tiger Stadium dangled over the fence and collected baseballs. However, Comerica Park’s center field fence is 20 feet shorter, as Tiger Stadium was 440 feet from to straightaway center.
The bottom line: Comerica Park still looks like it has a massive outfield, but it plays a little smaller than it first did. Remember that when betting on games there, particularly in terms of totals and individual props.
Placing bets on or against the Tigers with Michigan sportsbook apps is a simple four-step process:
Make sure the operating system on your iOS or Android device meets the minimum requirements. Then, you can download and install the sportsbook app of your choice from any sportsbook’s website. You’ll find sportsbook app links right here on PlayMichigan.
If you have an Android device, you’ll need to adjust your settings to allow app installations from sources outside of Google Play. Then you can download and install the app directly from an online sportsbook website.
Also, you’ll need to make sure the app can access your location. Otherwise, you may have to download geolocation software so the sportsbook can tell that you are in Michigan when you’re placing bets.
You need to sign up for an account with the Michigan sportsbook app of your choice before you can place bets on or against the Tigers. Once you’ve downloaded the app, you can gather your personal information and tap the ‘Sign Up’ tab. That’ll take you to the registration page to enter that information. You should also note any promo or bonus code listed next to the link here on PlayMichigan, as you’ll need to enter that to guarantee the best bonus on offer.
You can deposit money into your Michigan online sportsbook account through the app’s ‘Cashier’ tab. Simply choose from the list of available deposit methods, enter an amount, follow the prompts and fill in any details. Everything from credit and debit cards to online banking and even third-party payment processors such as PayPal should be available.
Finally, browse through the available Detroit Tigers betting markets until you find something to bet on. You’ll find them under the “MLB” or “Baseball” tabs, either along the top or left-hand side.
Tapping on a bet will automatically create an online bet slip. Fill it out by entering betting amounts, adding other bets and possibly combining bets to make a parlay. You can play around with different amounts, as the bet slip will instantly display all potential payouts.
When you’re done, simply tap the ‘Place Bet’ tab to lock in your bets.
The Detroit Tigers play a traditional 162-game schedule. That means 19 games against each of the four other AL Central teams (76 games), six games against four other AL opponents and seven games against six other AL opponents (66 games). Another 20 interleague games will be played as well, rotating through a different division each year. The games will be split into one midweek series and one-weekend series every week throughout the six-month season.
The regular season runs from April through September followed by the MLB postseason. The World Series is scheduled to start on mid-late October and ends with a potential Game 7 no later than early Nov.
See above for the latest game lines and futures odds on the Detroit Tigers.
The 2020 Detroit Tigers finished the shortened 2020 season with a 23–35 record. The Tigers were 12–15 at home and 11–20 on the road.
The Tigers finished last in the AL Central and with the third-worst record in all of baseball. Manager Ron Gardenhire retired because of recent health concerns late in the campaign. Bench coach Lloyd McClendon finished up the season as interim manager.
Tigers legend and Baseball Hall of Famer Al Kaline died in April 2020. Kaline had been a Tigers player, broadcaster, and executive. The Tigers wore a No. 6 patch in his honor.
Browsing through the MLB game lines at Michigan online sportsbooks, you’ll run into something that looks like this:
The names in brackets beside the teams are the projected starting pitchers. The numbers represent three different basic game lines.
First is the run line. Here, it’s the standard 1.5 run line, which is either deducted or added to a team’s score to determine a betting winner. The odds on the bets are in brackets and are either a negative (-) number on a $100 scale, representing how much you must bet to win $100 plus your bet back, or a positive (+) number, representing how much you can win, plus your bet back, on that scale.
Then, there’s moneyline betting, where you bet on the outright winner. Once again, there are negative (-) odds, representing how much you must bet to win $100 plus your bet back, or positive (+) odds, representing how much you can win, plus your bet back.
Finally, there’s the totals line, with the odds on totals bets in brackets. In this example, you’re placing a bet on whether the total combined runs scored will be five runs or more or four runs or less.
For the most part, the lines on Tigers games at online sportsbooks in Michigan will be the same as those inside traditional Las Vegas sportsbooks. However, Tigers lines can occasionally be more susceptible to movement at Michigan online sportsbooks than anywhere else.
That’s because line movement usually stems from more money being bet on one side or the other, and when one sportsbook moves a line, others don’t necessarily follow suit. Local interest drives betting, which means there’s more money bet locally on the Tigers than elsewhere, and, therefore, a bigger chance a Tigers line will move at Michigan sportsbooks than at a traditional Las Vegas sportsbook.
History can tell us a few things about the Detroit Tigers, including:
Live betting opens up a variety of increased betting opportunities to you. It gives you the chance to hedge bets, make up for mistakes and increase your action betting on live odds that change alongside the action in the game.
These are mostly the same markets you’re betting on before the game, but live betting markets can also include inning-by-inning bets and more prop bets at odds that are changing constantly based on score, inning and momentum. These things can all change fast, which means Michigan sports betting apps are the best way to get a bet down quickly. You can’t keep up in quite the same way when you wait in line at a betting window inside a retail sportsbook.
If you bet on the Detroit Tigers with a Michigan online sportsbook, you can try it with the team’s official gaming partner. PointsBet inked a multi-year deal in 2020 to become the official gaming partner of the Detroit Tigers. At the time, it was the first sportsbook to sign a sponsorship deal with a Major League Baseball team. PointsBet is also an authorized gaming operator with MLB, ensuring it can use official MLB data.
The agreement with the Tigers means you can see the PointsBet name on the primary scoreboard and right-field wall at Comerica Park. PointsBet branding is also featured on Tigers TV broadcasts and the team’s digital platforms online.
PointsBet is online in Michigan through a market access deal with the Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians and its Northern Waters Casino. Sign up with PointsBet through our exclusive link using the promo code BETBONUS and you can get two risk-free bets up to $2,000 that can be used to bet on Tigers games.
Detroit will be moneyline underdogs in almost all of its games this season. You can lose the majority of your bets on MLB underdogs and still make money over the long haul.
MLB favorites only win 60% of their games, so as long as the odds are big enough, you only need to win about 40% of your bets on underdogs such as the Tigers to come out ahead. Betting on MLB underdogs can (emphasis on “can” – no sports betting system can ensure a profit) make you score bigger wins.
Betting big favorites at high prices means big risk with small rewards, while betting MLB underdogs means losing a lot of bets, but making up for it when you win a few at long Tigers betting odds.
Here’s a look at the Tigers’ leaders in a few key stats over the past two seasons:
|Batting Avg||Willi Castro .349||Harold Castro .291|
|HR||Miguel Cabrera 10||Brandon Dixon 15|
|Hits||Victor Reyes 56||Miguel Cabrera 139|
|RBIs||Miguel Cabrera 35||Miguel Cabrera 59|
|Runs||Jeimer Candelario, Victor Reyes 30||Niko Goodrum 61|
|Pitching Wins||Spencer Turnbull 4||Matthew Boyd 9|
|Saves||Joe Jimenez 5||Shane Greene 22|
The Tigers picked up six new prospects in the 2020 MLB draft, including:
Here’s a look at the new Tigers staff:
Here’s a look at the Detroit Tigers managers and their records since 2006:
|A. J. Hinch||2021–present||Updated monthly|
|Lloyd McClendon||2020 (interim)||2-6|
If you have to pick one place to watch and bet on a Tigers game, it should be:
The self-proclaimed “King of Sportsbooks,” the BetMGM Sports Lounge is at MGM Grand Detroit and just five minutes away from Comerica Park. Features include six BetMGM Sportsbook windows, 22 BetMGM betting Kiosks, 60 HDTVs, plush lounge seating and high-top seating, 14 bar-top video poker machines and a full bar with signature craft cocktails and local craft beers.
Local Tigers TV broadcasts air on Bally Sports Detroit with Matt Shepard, Kirk Gibson and Jack Morris.
You can also find the games on the radio via the Detroit Tigers Radio Network with Dan Dickerson and Jim Price.
For more information on Bally Sports Detroit accessibility, follow our coverage at this link.
You can stream the Tigers’ regular-season games via with a subscription to MLB.TV via MLB.com.
It’s hard to say exactly how much money is bet on the Tigers. What we do know is that New Jersey saw more than $430 million bet on baseball in 2020. New Jersey has a more mature sports betting market, but Michigan’s is potentially bigger and the MLB schedule is back to 162 games in 2021. Translated: There will be more betting opportunities than in 2020.
The average price of an individual Tigers game ticket is close to $60. When tickets become available in 2021, you should be able to procure them through MLB.com/Tigers.
The Tigers have retired nine numbers:
The Detroit Tigers’ mascot is an anthropomorphic Bengal Tiger wearing a Tigers jersey and hat. His name is Paws, and he’s been around since 1995 at Tiger Stadium, and now Comerica Park.
The Detroit Tigers’ Twitter account is @tigers. It uses the tagline “No one roots like #DetroitRoots” and boasts 1.4 million followers. The account joined Twitter in April 2009.
The Detroit Tigers had a 72 overall rating in the MLB The Show 20 video game and it should be close to the same in 2021 when the game is released in late April.
Forbes valued the Detroit Tigers at $1.25 billion in 2019. That’s close to 10 times what the team was worth two seasons before Comerica Park replaced Tiger Stadium.
Kirk Gibson is currently the color commentator for the Detroit Tigers on Bally Sports Detroit and he also works as a special assistant to the team. Gibson played most of his MLB career with the Tigers, famously hitting a three-run homer off Goose Gossage to clinch the Tigers 1984 World Series win over San Diego. It was the last time the Tigers won a title.