Toronto Blue Jays at Cleveland Indians
|Date & Time||Friday April 5, 2019, 7:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Toronto Blue Jays +145 / Cleveland Indians -157 -- Over/Under: 7
The Toronto Blue Jays and Cleveland Indians meet Friday in MLB action at Progressive Field.
The Toronto Blue Jays could use a win after losing four of their last five games. The Blue Jays allowed nine runs in their last three games and four or less runs in six of their first seven games. The Toronto Blue Jays have split their last six games when allowing four or less runs. Offensively, Freddy Galvis leads the Blue Jays with seven hits and three RBI while Brandon Drury and Richard Urena have combined for 12 hits. Trent Thornton gets the ball, and he is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and eight strikeouts this season. This will be Thornton’s first career game against the Indians.
The Cleveland Indians look for a win here to get a game above a .500 record. The Indians have scored 12 runs in their last three games and four or less runs in five of their first six games. The Cleveland Indians have lost three of their last five games when scoring three or less runs. Carlos Santana leads the Indians with nine hits and five RBI while Tyler Naquin and Leonys Martin have combined for eight hits. Shane Bieber gets the ball, and he is 0-0 with a 4.50 ERA and two strikeouts this season. This will be Bieber’s second career game against the Blue Jays.
The Blue Jays are 11-4 in their last 15 Friday games, 7-15 in their last 22 road games and 1-4 in their last 5 during game 2 of a series. The Indians are 1-4 in their last 5 Friday games, 4-1 in Bieber's last 5 starts vs. American League East and 6-2 in Bieber's last 8 starts. The Blue Jays are 2-7 in the last 9 meetings in Cleveland and the over is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings. The over is 3-1-1 in Bieber's last 5 home starts. The over is 3-1-1 in Blue Jays last 5 road games.
It seems like both of these teams are due for an offensive breakthrough after a sluggish start from both sides. Thornton has just five career innings under his belt and Bieber hasn't been anything special since last season, and he has an issue at keeping the ball inside the park. This total seems a tad bit low, especially with the over being a popular trend when Bieber is on the hill. Instead of picking a side and possibly laying big juice with a banged up Indians squad, I'm going to take the over. These bats will wake up eventually.