Cleveland Indians at Toronto Blue Jays - 10/19/16 MLB ALCS Game 4 Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cleveland Indians (100-67) at Toronto Blue Jays (93-76)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 4:08 pm (Rogers Centre)
Ryan Merritt (1-0) (1.64) vs. M Estrada (10-10) (3.32)
The Line: Toronto Blue Jays -176 / Cleveland Indians +162 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Toronto Blue Jays look to keep their season alive as they battle with the Cleveland Indians at the Rogers Centre on Wednesday afternoon.
The Cleveland Indians lost their first game of the 2016 MLB playoffs after a 5-1 decision went the way of the home town Blue Jays but have a chance to wrap up the series with a strong bounce back effort on Wednesday. The Tribe couldn’t get anything going offensively on Aaron Sanchez last night and put their plans for the World Series on hold for the time being, but they are in tough again on Wednesday as they Jays are at home for the third time in as many games, and Cleveland will be sending a rookie pitcher to the mound to face off against this Blue Jays lineup. The Tribe will turn to Ryan Merritt here who did win his only start this season but he will go toe to toe with Marc Estrada who has had an excellent season and has come up clutch for the Blue Birds over the last two seasons.
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The Blue Jays finally got their offense going last night and scored five runs on the Indians and live to fight another day heading into Wednesday’s show down. The Jays had been held in check during the first three games of the series with only three runs across that span but they found the recipe for success on Tuesday as they got to the Cleveland starters and middle relief guys and avoided staring down the barrel at Cody Allen or Andrew Miller in a come back situation. Toronto will need another strong effort at the plate and with the Jays offense perhaps getting some momentum from last night’s performance and a rookie starter pitching the Jays should be excited, especially with how well they have hit left handers this season.
The Indians are 6-1 in their last seven playoff games, 27-11 in their last 38 overall, and 20-6 in their last 26 against a righty while the Jays are 4-0 in their last four against a lefty, 5-1 in their last six playoff home games against a lefty, and 8-3 in their last 11 starts from Estrada on four day’s rest. Toronto faces another must win here and I think they continue their pursuit of history for at least one more night as they send it back to Cleveland with a big time effort on Wednesday.