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Cleveland Indians vs. Toronto Blue Jays - 4/4/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Toronto Blue Jays at Cleveland Indians
Date & Time Thursday April 4, 2019, 6:10 PM (EDT)
Location
Progressive Field
Cleveland, Ohio
The Line
Cleveland Indians -160 / Toronto Blue Jays +150 O/U: 7
TV Channel
STOH
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The Toronto Blue Jays and the Cleveland Indians will match up to kick off their MLB series on Thursday.

The Jays will be going with RHP Aaron Sanchez in the start Thursday. In his first start of the year on March 30 versus Detroit, Sanchez logged a win with 5.0 innings, three hits, zero earned and six strikeouts.

Toronto managed a nice 5-3 victory against the Orioles on Wednesday (it was 5-0 heading into the ninth inning). The hero for the Jays in that one was Randal Grichuck with a pair of solo home runs, three runs and three hits.

Over on the Indians’ side, they’re sending out Trevor Bauer on Thursday. In Bauer’s first start this year on March 30, he turned in a great outing with 7.0 innings, one earned and nine strikeouts in a no-decision versus Minnesota.

The Indians dropped their Wednesday game versus the White Sox 8-3. Hanley Ramirez put up a two-run homer in that one, while Carlos Santana logged two hits, one run and one RBI.

The Jays are 3-7 in their last 10 in game one of a series and 1-4 in their last five Thursday games. Toronto is 5-1 in Sanchez’s last six starts and 0-4 in his last four Thursday starts.

Meanwhile, the Indians are 46-20 in the last 66 Thursday games and 7-0 in Bauer’s last seven Thursday starts. Cleveland is 7-2 in Bauer’s last nine starts and 9-3 in his last 12 home starts.

Sanchez looked great in his first action of the year, and that performance will at least temporarily rid us of the memory of his 13 earned over 9.1 innings in a three-start period last summer.

As for Bauer, he was used sparingly down the stretch last year, and for the most part did pretty well until his final appearance (four hits; two earned; 1.1 innings versus Houston on October 8).

This should be a good matchup and a fun series overall, but I like Bauer to come out firing again and help the Indians to a win.

Pick:
Cleveland Indians -160

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