Indians at Blue Jays - 7/2/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cleveland Indians (48-30) at Toronto Blue Jays (43-38)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, July 2, 2016 at 1:07 pm (Rogers Centre)
T Bauer (6-2) (3.19) vs. M Estrada (5-3) (2.81)
The Line: Toronto Blue Jays -126 / Cleveland Indians +116 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
The Cleveland Indians and Toronto Blue Jays square off again early Saturday afternoon.
The Cleveland Indians have not lost a single game since June 15. The Indians have allowed two runs in their last three games and three or less runs in seven straight games. The Cleveland Indians have an ERA of 3.42 and have won 12 straight games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Francisco Lindor leads Cleveland with 91 hits, Jason Kipnis has 45 RBI and Carlos Santana has 16 home runs. Trevor Bauer gets the nod, and he’s 6-2 with a 3.19 ERA and 84 strikeouts this season. Bauer is 0-1 with a 17.47 ERA and three strikeouts in his career against the Blue Jays.
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The Toronto Blue Jays could use a win after losing eight of their last 12 games. The Blue Jays have scored seven runs in their last three games and five or more runs in six of their last 12 games. The Toronto Blue Jays offense has been hit or miss lately, and they’ve won 11 of their last 13 games when scoring more than three runs. Josh Donaldson leads Toronto with 87 hits, Kevin Pillar has 33 RBI and Edwin Encarnacion has 21 home runs. Marco Estrada takes the hill, and he’s 5-3 with a 2.81 ERA and 92 strikeouts this season. This will be Estrada’s second career game against the Indians.
The Indians are 4-0 in their last 4 during game 3 of a series and 5-1 in Bauers last 6 starts. The Blue Jays are 6-2 in their last 8 during game 3 of a series and 6-2 in Estradas last 8 starts. The under is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.
The Indians have to lose eventually and probably would have lost Friday if the home umpire didn't eject Toronto's top hitters and actually had a feel for the strike zone. Estrada is also the better pitcher here. Give me the home team.