Blue Jays vs. Indians - 10/18/16 MLB ALCS Game Four Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cleveland Indians (100-67) at Toronto Blue Jays (93-76)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 4:08 pm (Rogers Centre)
C Kluber (20-9) (3.11) vs. A Sanchez (15-2) (3.23)
The Line: Toronto Blue Jays / Cleveland Indians --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Cleveland Indians look to sweep the Toronto Blue Jays Tuesday afternoon in game four of the ALCS at the Rogers Centre on TBS.
The Cleveland Indians are looking more and more like a team of destiny after now winning six straight postseason games and being a win away from their first World Series appearance since 1997. The Indians are allowing on a pitching staff that’s allowed just three runs this series and three or less runs in five of their six postseason games. The Cleveland Indians have now won eight straight games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Francisco Lindor and Lonnie Chisenhall have combined for 14 hits and eight RBI while Jason Kipnis has four RBI in 22 at bats. In hopes of completing the sweep, Corey Kluber gets the ball, and he was 18-9 with a 3.14 ERA and 227 strikeouts this season. Kluber is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 13 strikeouts in his postseason career.
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The Toronto Blue Jays need a big victory here if they’re going to force a game five Wednesday afternoon. The Blue Jays bats have gone quiet in this series after Toronto had scored a combined 27 runs in their first four postseason games. The good news for the Blue Jays is that the offensive firepower is still there with Josh Donaldson, Edwin Encarnacion, Ezequiel Carrera and Troy Tulowitzki combining for 36 hits and 18 RBI. However, the Blue Jays better get hot bats quickly or this series will be over before it even rally began. The Toronto Blue Jays have not lost four straight games since September 5-9. To prevent elimination, Aaron Sanchez takes the hill, and he was 15-2 with a 3.00 ERA and 161 strikeouts this season. Sanchez is 1-0 with a 4.15 ERA and 11 strikeouts in his postseason career.
The Indians are 4-0 in Klubers last 4 road starts and 20-6 in Klubers last 26 starts overall. The Blue Jays are 9-3 in Sanchezs last 12 home starts and 2-5 in Sanchezs last 7 Tuesday starts. The Indians are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings and the under is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.
I refuse to believe that the Blue Jays, with this offense, are going to get swept. The Toronto Blue Jays have the offensive firepower to get back in this series and usually crush on their home field. And while the Blue Jays had zero success against Kluber in game one, Toronto did get seven runs off the Indians ace during the regular season. The Blue Jays have also won six of their last nine games Sanchez has pitched and he's allowed nine runs in his last 24.2 innings, six of them coming in his poor outing against the Texas Rangers. The Blue Jays are too talented to go out like this and will find a way to win behind their passionate crowd.
Toronto forces a game five.