Cleveland Indians vs. Toronto Blue Jays - 4/14/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Blue Jays (8-5) at Cleveland Indians (8-5)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 4:10 pm (Progressive Field)
J Garcia (1-0) (3.18) vs. C Kluber (1-1) (1.57)
The Line: Cleveland Indians -222 / Toronto Blue Jays +205 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
Out at Progressive Field on Saturday, the Toronto Blue Jays and the Cleveland Indians will be continuing their MLB weekend series.
In the Friday opener, Toronto scored four times in the fourth inning and three in the ninth in an 8-4 win.
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For Saturday’s game, the Jays will be bringing out lefty Jaime Garcia for the start. In his 11.1 innings and 1-0 record this year, Garcia has a 3.18 ERA with 12 Ks and four BBs.
Heading into this set, Justin Smoak led the Blue Jays with 15 hits, 10 runs, two homers and 10 RBI. On Friday, Smoak put up a run and an 0-for-4 line.
Over on the Indians’ side, they’re going with RHP Corey Kluber in the start Saturday. In his 23.0 innings and 1-1 record this season, Kluber has a 1.57 ERA with 27 Ks and four walks.
Leading the way for the Indians coming into this series was Francisco Lindor, with seven runs, 11 hits and four RBI. In the Friday opener, Lindor bagged three hits, two runs and an RBI.
The under is 25-5-3 in the Jays’ last 33 Saturday games and 4-1 in their last five during game two of a series. Toronto is 1-4 in the last five meetings between these two teams, and 0-6 in the last six meetings in Cleveland.
Meanwhile, the Indians are 8-2 in their last 10 Saturday games and 19-7 in their last 26 during game two of a series. Cleveland is also 25-9 in Kluber’s last 34 home starts and 37-15 in his last 52 starts.
This should prove to be a pretty good series, and Saturday features an appealing pitchers’ matchup as well. I expect Garcia and Kluber to keep the scoring to a minimum—at least initially—so the under looks like a decent play. All in all, however, I’ve got to go with Kluber and the Indians for the win, provided the offense doesn’t fall asleep.