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Cleveland Indians vs. Toronto Blue Jays - 7/22/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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

MLB Baseball: Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 7:10 pm (Progressive Field)

M Stroman (9-5) (3.10) vs. D Salazar (3-5) (5.40)

The Line: Cleveland Indians -149 / Toronto Blue Jays +139 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: STOH

Out at Progressive Field on Saturday, the Toronto Blue Jays and the Cleveland Indians will be continuing their MLB series. 

In Friday’s opener, Cleveland scored eight runs in the seventh inning on the way to a 13-3 blowout. 

Cleveland Indians vs. Toronto Blue Jays - 7/22/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Blue Jays will be going with RHP Marcus Stroman on Saturday. In his 119.0 innings and 9-5 record this year, Stroman has a 3.10 ERA with 98 Ks and 32 BBs. 

Toronto has a few notable hitters this year. Coming into this series, Justin Smoak had 97 hits, 54 runs, 26 homers and 62 RBI, while Kevin Pillar had 92 hits, 47 runs, 10 homers and 22 RBI. On Friday, Smoak had two hits with an RBI; Pillar whiffed 0-for-4. 

Over on the Indians’ side, they’re going with RHP Danny Salazar on Saturday. In his 55.0 innings and 3-5 record this year, Salazar has a 5.40 ERA with 77 Ks and 28 BBs. 

Cleveland has some solid bats on hand as well. Jose Ramirez brought 114 hits, 63 runs, 17 homers and 50 RBI into this series, while Francisco Lindor had 96 hits, 50 runs, 14 homers and 45 RBI. In Friday’s game, Ramirez had two hits, a run and an RBI; Lindor had one hit. 

The Blue Jays are 1-4 in their last five during game two of a series, and 1-4 in their last five Saturday games. Toronto is also 10-3 in Stroman’s last 13 starts and 5-2 in Stroman’s last seven starts with four days’ rest. 

Meanwhile, the Indians are 3-10 in their last 13 during game two of a series and 14-6 in Salazar’s last 20 home starts. Cleveland is also 1-4 in Salazar’s last five starts and 1-4 in Salazar’s last five starts in game two of a series. 

In his last four starts, Stroman has been great, giving up a total of just three earned runs and tallying a 2-1 record. As for Salazar, he’s been solid over his last two relief appearances but has had a rocky road as a starter. In this one, I like Stroman much better so I’ll take the Blue Jays for the win.

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