Cleveland Indians at Toronto Blue Jays- 10/17/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cleveland Indians (99-67) at Toronto Blue Jays (93-75)
MLB Baseball: Monday, October 17, 2016 at 8:08 pm (Rogers Centre)
T Bauer (12-8) (4.30) vs. M Stroman (9-10) (4.33)
The Line: Toronto Blue Jays -195 / Cleveland Indians +183 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
The Toronto Blue Jays return home to the Rogers Centre looking for a pivotal game three victory as they host the Cleveland Indians in the ALCS.
The Cleveland Indians have raced out to a commanding 2-0 series lead in the ALCS against the Toronto Blue Jays on the strength of their bullpen as they have kept the Blue Jays offense in check and if they can get at least one victory across the next three games in Toronto they can set up a potential series winner back at home. The Indians haven’t been hitting the cover off the ball either but they have gotten some big time clutch hits from Francisco Lindor and that has been the difference as Cleveland’s starting pitchers have stepped up, and of course Andrew Miller and Cody Allen have been phenomenal. However, with Trevor Bauer on the hill here nursing an injury and facing off against young flame thrower Marcus Stroman this looks like a tough spot for them as the Rogers Centre will be rocking.
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The Blue Jays have looked like a completely different team from the ALDS to now as they haven’t been able to get the long ball going and that is such a huge part of their success and if they can’t find ways to generate runs and get guys on base in a hurry they are going to be sent packing in their own stadium. Toronto has gotten two very good starts from Marco Estrada and JA Happ but they each took a loss as a result of Toronto’s inability to score and with Stroman going the Jays know he is susceptible to giving up runs and that they will need to support him as often and as early as possible.
The Indians are 6-0 in their last six against the AL East, 4-0 in their last four road games, and 5-0 in their last five playoff games, while the Jays are 5-1 in their last six playoff home games, 5-1 in Stroman’s last six starts after allowing two runs or less in their previous outing, and 4-1 in his last five starts against a team with a winning record. The line here id chalk as the Jays have to win and while the value lies with Cleveland I am on the home side here who should feel more comfortable playing at home.