Cleveland Indians vs. Toronto Blue Jays - 4/15/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Blue Jays (9-5) at Cleveland Indians (8-6)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 1:10 pm (Progressive Field)
J Garcia (1-0) (3.18) vs. C Kluber (1-1) (1.57)
The Line: Cleveland Indians -250 / Toronto Blue Jays +210 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: RSN, SportsTime Ohio
The Toronto Blue Jays and the Cleveland Indians square off in their MLB series finale from Progressive Field on Sunday after Saturday’s game two was rained out and rescheduled for May 3rd.
The Toronto Blue Jays will look to pick up a pair of victories to close out their road trip after an 8-4 win over Cleveland in the series opener on Friday. Aledmys Diaz went 2 for 4 with a home run and three RBIs, while Teoscar Hernandez added a pair of doubles and two RBIs and Steve Pearce chipped in a two-bagger and two RBIs of his own. Kevin Pillar also contributed a double and an RBI to round out the offense for the Blue Jays in the victory. Marcus Stroman went five innings, giving up all four runs on nine hits while walking a pair and striking out five, not factoring in the decision. Danny Barnes got the win to improve to 1-0 this season after striking out a pair in the 6th, becoming the pitcher of record. Jaime Garcia will start the finale and is 1-0 with a 3.18 ERA and 12 strikeouts this season. In his career, Garcia is 0-2 with a 5.59 ERA and 9 strikeouts against Cleveland.
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The Cleveland Indians will look to settle for a split after Saturday’s rainout and their loss on Friday. Francisco Lindor went 3 for 5 with a pair of double and an RBI, while Jason Kipnis added a double and an RBI of his own. Yonder Alonso and Tyler Naquin each added a run on the board to round out the scoring for the Tribe in the loss, while Jose Ramirez, Edwin Encarnacion, Yan Gomes, Bradley Zimmer and Rajai Davis each added a base hit as well, giving every player in the Indians’ starting nine a base hit in the loss. Mike Clevinger went four innings, giving up four runs on three hits, walking a pair and whiffing five, not factoring in the decision. Zach McAllister took the loss, falling to 0-2 this season. Corey Kluber will start on Sunday and is 1-1 with a 1.57 ERA and 27 strikeouts this season. In his career, Kluber is 2-3 with a 4.46 ERA and 41 strikeouts against Toronto.
Toronto is 5-0 in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record and 6-2 in their last 8 games against a right-handed starter while the under is 25-5-3 in their last 33 Saturday games. Cleveland is 37-15 in Kluber’s last 52 starts and 0-4 in their last 4 against the AL East while the under is 7-1-1 in Kluber’s last 9 home starts. Toronto is 1-6 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams in Cleveland and 4-9 in the last 13 meetings overall.
Cleveland has been almost automatic with Kluber on the bump and Kluber’s been magnificent himself to start the year, giving up just four runs over his first three starts. However, you could argue that Toronto has been playing better than Cleveland coming into this series, and while Mike Clevinger isn’t on the same tier as Kluber, he’s still a quality arm that the Jays’ bats got to in game one, so between two teams that are in-form, I’ll take a chance on doubling my money with Toronto for the mini-sweep here.