Cleveland Indians vs. Toronto Blue Jays - 8/19/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Blue Jays (69-52) at Cleveland Indians (68-50)
MLB Baseball: Friday, August 19, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Progressive Field)
F Liriano (6-12) (5.39) vs. T Bauer (9-5) (3.97)
The Line: Cleveland Indians -130 / Toronto Blue Jays +120 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: STOH, RSN1
Over at Progressive Field in Cleveland, the Indians will be hosting the Toronto Blue Jays in MLB action on Friday.
The Blue Jays are coming off a series with the Yankees. Toronto dropped the first game before coming back to win the final two and take the set.
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Meanwhile, the Indians played a set with the White Sox this week. The teams split the first two games before Thursday, when Cleveland eked out a 5-4 walk-off win.
Taking the mound for Toronto on Friday will be lefty Francisco Liriano. In his 23 starts so far, Liriano holds a 6-12 record with a 5.46 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP. Liriano took a loss his last time out against Houston, giving up five earned on eight hits in 5.2 innings.
The Blue Jays have an enviable lineup at their disposal. Josh Donaldson has logged 130 hits with 96 runs, 28 homers and 80 RBI. Edwin Encarnacion sits on 121 hits with 76 runs, 34 homers and 100 RBI. Kevin Pillar has been banged up but still has 110 hits with 45 runs and 45 RBI.
Over on the Indians’ side, we’ll be seeing RHP Trevor Bauer on Friday. In 26 games (19 starts) and a 9-5 record this year, Bauer owns a 3.97 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP in 131.1 innings. Bauer got a win on five hits and four earned in six innings against the Angels his last time up.
Cleveland has a few nice swingers as well. Francisco Lindor has put up 143 hits with 81 runs and 62 RBI. Jason Kipnis has logged 135 hits with 72 runs, 20 homers and 68 RBI. Mike Napoli sits on 111 hits with 77 runs, 29 homers and 85 RBI.
The Blue Jays are 4-1 in their last five overall, and 9-4 in their last 13 road games. Toronto is also 11-5 in their last 16 Friday games, and 2-5 in their last seven games following an off day.
As for the Indians, they’re 21-5 in their last 26 Friday games, and 20-6 in their last 26 against a left-handed starter. Cleveland is also 15-7 in their last 22 game ones of a series and 5-2 in Bauer’s last seven home starts.
I think Bauer will come out and control the game here, so I’ll take the Indians at home.