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Cleveland Indians vs. Toronto Blue Jays - 7/21/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Toronto Blue Jays (44-51) at Cleveland Indians (48-45)

MLB Baseball: Friday, July 21, 2017 at 7:10 pm (Progressive Field)

M Estrada (4-6) (5.33) vs. T Bauer (7-8) (5.59)

The Line: Cleveland Indians -130 / Toronto Blue Jays +120 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: SportsTime Ohio

The Toronto Blue Jays pay a visit to the Cleveland Indians in MLB baseball action on Friday.

The Toronto Blue Jays still have a shot at making the playoffs although getting to .500 has to be the first order of business. The Blue Jays took a step in the right direction on Thursday afternoon with an 8-6 victory at the Boston Red Sox where the bats saved a poor performance on the mound. Jays starter Francisco Liriano gave up three runs on five hits and a BB in 1.2 innings with Danny Barnes surrendering a three run jack in the 7th in 2/3 of an inning. Toronto posted ten hits and seven bases on balls with Justin Smoak clubbing two homers and driving in three while Ryan Goins and Steve Pearce each drove in two runs. The Toronto Blue Jays have scheduled Marco Estrada for Friday’s start at the Cleveland Indians. Estrada has struggled in his last two outings with a combined ten runs allowed on ten hits and eight walks over 8.1 innings of work that has left his ERA at 5.33.

Cleveland Indians vs. Toronto Blue Jays - 7/21/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Cleveland Indians might be atop the American League Central but that won’t last as poorly as they have played. The Indians have dropped six of seven following a 5-4 defeat at San Francisco on Wednesday that featured a 9th inning meltdown. Tribe starter Carlos Carrasco appeared to be heading for the win with a pair of runs given up on six hits through six innings of work before Bryan Shaw blew the save and absorbed the loss with two runs allowed in the 9th. Cleveland totaled nine hits and walked four times with Jose Ramirez going 2-4 with a pair of RBI’s while Michael Brantley went 2-4 with two runs and another RBI. Trevor Bauer draws the starting assignment for the Cleveland Indians against the visiting Toronto Blue Jays on Friday. Bauer was a non factor last time out in a 7-3 loss at the Oakland Athletics with four runs scoring on three hits and three BB in just 2/3 of an inning. 

Toronto are 1-4 in their last 5 overall and Toronto are 1-4 in their last 5 road games while Toronto are 2-6 in Estrada’s last 8 starts. Cleveland are 13-6 in the last 19 versus the AL East and the under is 9-3-1 in Cleveland last 13 home games while the under is 11-5-3 in Cleveland last 19 games versus a right hander. The under is 8-1 in the last 9 meetings and Toronto are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Cleveland.

Backing either pitcher takes nerves in my view so perhaps the lesser of two evils or so I think…

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