Toronto Blue Jays at Cleveland Indians Game Two - 5/3/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Blue Jays (17-13) at Cleveland Indians (16-13)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 4:40 pm (Progressive Field)
J Biagini (0-0) (4.76) vs. Adam Plutko (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Cleveland Indians -180 / Toronto Blue Jays +160 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Cleveland Indians and Toronto Blue Jays take the field in game two of their doubleheader in Wednesday MLB.
The Toronto Blue Jays have been off to a decent start to 2018 at 17-13 but the American League East looks extremely tough and decent won’t be enough with the Yankees and Red Sox in the division. The offense has been getting the job done at 5.38 runs which s ranked 4th although a .233 team batting average is just 24th. The Toronto power game is making the difference with the team second in the game with 42 homers.
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The Blue Jays pitching has been more average with a 4.14 team ERA and a WHIP of 1.32 with both being around the middle of the pack. The Jays ten quality starts is just 23rd in the game and that’s an area that has room for improvement. Toronto has named Joe Biagini as the game two starter on Thursday. Biagini has a career record of 7-16 with a 4.76 ERA.
The Cleveland Indians are the odds on favorite to capture another American League Central crown with perhaps Minnesota being the competition. Cleveland leads the division for now because no other team is playing .500 baseball. The Indians are just 25th in scoring at 3.86 runs on a .229 BA which would be much worse if not for the #4 power game that has smacked 37 homers.
The Tribe have stayed afloat behind outstanding work on the mound with a top ten pitching staff posting a 3.70 team ERA. Cleveland has posted a 1.10 WHIP and has 18 quality starts to their credit and both are second in the game. Cleveland has called up right hander Adam Plutko to make his first career start in game two of the twin bill with Toronto. Plutko made a pair of relief appearances in 2016 and went 0-0 with a 7.36 ERA in 3.2 innings.
Over is 5-0-1 in Toronto last 6 overall and over is 4-1 in Toronto last 5 road games. Cleveland are 40-13 in their last 53 Thursday games and are 49-19 in their last 68 games on grass and are 50-20 in their last 70 overall. Toronto are 4-9 in the last 13 meetings.
I can’t say who has the edge on the mound so something small on the over when it’s released…