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Cleveland Indians vs. Toronto Blue Jays ALCS Game 2 - 10/15/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Toronto Blue Jays (93-73) at Cleveland Indians (97-67)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 3:33 pm (Progressive Field)

J Happ (21-4) (3.15) vs. J Tomlin (14-9) (4.37)

The Line: Cleveland Indians TBA / Toronto Blue Jays TBA --- Over/Under: TBA See the Latest Odds

TV: TBS, TSN

Coming up on Saturday in MLB playoffs action from Progressive Field, the Toronto Blue Jays and the Cleveland Indians will be meeting for Game 2 of the American League Championship Series. 

In Friday’s opener of this series, Cleveland took a 2-0 victory with both RBI coming from Francisco Lindor on a two-run shot in the sixth inning. The Indians are now up an early 1-0 in the series. 

Cleveland Indians vs. Toronto Blue Jays ALCS Game 2 - 10/15/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Pitching for the Blue Jays on Saturday will be lefty J.A. Happ. During 32 starts and a 20-4 record in the regular season, Happ produced a 3.18 ERA with a 1.17 WHIP in 195 innings. During his last outing against the Rangers in the ALDS, Happ gave up nine hits and one walk but held Texas to just one run in a little over five innings. 

Toronto has their work cut out for them in Game 2: they’ve got to get their bats going. Edwin Encarnacion was the only real standout on Friday, bagging a 2-for-4 line with a double. Josh Donaldson and Micheal Sanders went 2-for-4 as well, while Troy Tulowitzki went 1-for-4 in the opener. Those were the only Toronto players who managed a hit. 

Over on the Indians’ side, we’ll be seeing RHP Josh Tomlin in the start Saturday. Tomlin put up a win in the Indians’ ALDS Game 3, which was his first postseason appearance. During this season, Tomlin went up against the Blue Jays twice, giving up seven runs over 10.1 innings. 

Aside from Cleveland’s timely homer from Lindor, the team didn’t get too many contributions otherwise in Game 1. Lonnie Chisenhall put up a great 3-for-3 outing but couldn’t get any results from his perfect line. Carlos Santana also got one hit, so he along with Lindor and Chisenhall were the only Indians players to not put up goose eggs in the opener. 

The Blue Jays are 6-2 in their last eight Saturday games, and 4-0 in Happ’s last four Saturday starts. Toronto is also 22-6 in Happ’s last 28 starts overall, and 25-7 in Happ’s last 32 starts versus a team with a winning record. 

Meanwhile, the Indians are 20-6 in their last 26 home games versus a left-handed starter, and 29-14 in their last 43 games overall versus a left-handed starter. Cleveland is also 9-3 in Bauer’s last 12 starts, and 1-4 in Bauer’s last five starts with eight or more days of rest. 

I’m a little concerned here about Bauer’s ability to pitch deep into the game. He lasted just 4.2 innings against the Red Sox and will be hard-pressed to stand up to the Blue Jays offense for long. On the other hand, Happ has rolled smoothly right into the postseason and ought to dampen the Indians’ offense in Game 2. I’ll take Toronto for the win.

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