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Toronto Blue Jays vs. Cleveland Indians - 7/3/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cleveland Indians (49-30) at Toronto Blue Jays (43-38)

MLB Baseball: Sunday, July 3, 2016 at 1:07 pm (Rogers Centre)

C Kluber (8-7) (3.74) vs. J Happ (10-3) (3.70)

The Line: Toronto Blue Jays +113 / Cleveland Indians -123 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds


On Sunday in MLB action from Rogers Centre, the Cleveland Indians and the Toronto Blue Jays will be wrapping up their weekend series.

This will be the final game of a four-matchup set. Cleveland won Thursday and Friday (including a 19-inning marathon in game two), and on Saturday Toronto secured a 9-6 win to end the Indians’ epic win streak.

Toronto Blue Jays vs. Cleveland Indians - 7/3/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction


For Sunday’s game, the Indians will be rolling out right-hander Corey Kluber. In his 16 starts and 8-7 record this year, Kluber has managed a 3.50 ERA with a 0.98 WHIP in 110.2 innings. In his last start Tuesday against the Braves, Kluber put up a win in eight innings with three hits and two earned.

Cleveland boasts several key hitters in their batting order. Francisco Lindor has 94 hits with 52 runs, 10 homers and 39 RBI so far. Jason Kipnis is playing well on 82 hits with 40 runs, 11 homers and 46 RBI. Carlos Santana has popped 18 homers with 44 RBI, 72 hits and 46 runs, but holds a tepid .242 BA on the year. Santana secured a solo homer in Saturday’s loss.

The Blue Jays will be countering with left-hander J.A. Happ on Sunday. Over his 16 starts and 10-3 record this year, Happ holds a 3.70 BA with a 1.23 WHIP in 99.2 innings. In Colorado during his last start, Happ managed five innings with five earned on nine hits, but still got the win.

At the plate, the Toronto hitters are no slouches themselves. Josh Donaldson has popped 89 hits with 69 runs, 20 homers and 55 RBI. Donaldson managed a solo homer in Saturday’s game. Kevin Pillar holds 82 hits with 34 runs and 33 RBI. Edwin Encarnacion has a team-high 22 homers with 73 RBI, 80 hits and 52 runs thus far.

The Indians are 4-0 in their last four game fours of a series, and 4-0 in their last four Sunday games. Cleveland is also 5-1 in Kluber’s last six starts in game four of a series, and 4-1 in Kluber’s last five road starts.
Meanwhile, the Blue Jays are 5-0 in their last five game fours of a series, and 4-0 in Happ’s last four starts. Toronto is also 4-0 in Happ’s last four Sunday starts, and 8-1 in Happ’s last nine home starts.

This should be another close, low-scoring game, but I’ll give the Indians a slight advantage to get that momentum back.

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