Cleveland Indians vs. Toronto Blue Jays - 7/23/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Blue Jays (44-52) at Cleveland Indians (49-45)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, July 23, 2017 at 1:10 pm (Progressive Field)
J Happ (3-6) (3.55) vs. C Kluber (7-3) (2.86)
The Line: Cleveland Indians -210 / Toronto Blue Jays +190 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: SportsTime Ohio, RSN
The Toronto Blue Jays take on the Cleveland Indians on Sunday to close out their three game set at Progressive Field.
The Toronto Blue Jays will be looking to salvage something from this series after dropping the first two games of the set, including a 2-1 extra innings loss on Saturday. Justin Smoak went 1 for 3 with a solo home run that ended up being all the scoring the Jays would do in the loss. Steve Pearce and Kevin Pillar each chipped in base hits as Toronto would put up just three hits as a team in the loss. Marcus Stroman went 7.2 innings, giving up just one run on five hits while walking five and striking out seven, not factoring in the decision. Danny Barnes gave up the walk-off run to take the loss, falling to 2-3 this season. J.A. Happ will start game three and is 3-6 with a 3.55 ERA and 62 strikeouts this season. In his career, Happ is 3-1 with a 2.86 ERA and 25 strikeouts against Cleveland.
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The Cleveland Indians will be looking to complete the sweep after their win in game two on Saturday. Francisco Lindor went 1 for 4, but that hit was the game-winning run as he blasted his first career walk-off home run to lead off the bottom half of the 10th. Michael Brantley went 2 for 3 with a double while Jose Ramirez also went 2 for 3 and Giovanny Urshela added a base hit of his own in the win. Danny Salazar was spectacular, throwing seven innings of one hit, shutout baseball, striking out eight, not factoring in the decision. Andrew Miller gave up the game-tying home run for his 1st blown save of the year, while Bryan Shaw got the win to improve to 3-4 this season. Corey Kluber will start game three and is 7-3 with a 2.86 ERA and 135 strikeouts this season. In his career, Kluber is 1-3 with a 5.34 ERA and 27 strikeouts against Toronto.
Toronto is 2-6 in their last 8 games overall and 10-2 in Happ’s last 12 Sunday starts while the over is 11-6-2 in their last 19 games against a team with a winning record. Cleveland is 5-1 in their last 6 games against the AL East and 9-3 in their last 12 Sunday games while the over is 4-2-1 in their last 7 games overall. Toronto is 0-5 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams in Cleveland.
Both of these pitchers have been solid as of late, with Happ allowing three runs or less in his last seven starts and Kluber allowing the same three runs or less in his last nine starts. However, for some reason, this to me feels like the kind of game Toronto would win. Happ has decent numbers against the Tribe, while Kluber has an inflated ERA north of five against Toronto, so I’ll take a stab with the Jays to salvage something here with the plus money.