Cleveland Indians vs. Toronto Blue Jays - 4/6/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Blue Jays at Cleveland Indians
Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 3:10 PM (Progressive Field)
Cleveland Indians -167 / Toronto Blue Jays +154
TV: SportsTime Ohio, RSN
The Toronto Blue Jays and the Cleveland Indians meet in game three of their four game MLB set from Progressive Field on Saturday afternoon.
The Toronto Blue Jays will look to pick up a win after dropping the first two games of the set, following a 3-2 loss to the Tribe on Friday. Freddy Galvis led the Jays with a two run home run while Richard Urena added a double while Brandon Drury chipped in a base hit to round out Toronto’s offense as the Blue Jays cranked out just three hits as a team in the losing effort. Trent Thornton gave up two runs on three hits while striking out seven over 5.2 innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Joe Biagini gave up the walk-off homer to fall to 0-1 this season. Thomas Pannone will start game three and is 0-1 with a 1.80 ERA and 5 strikeouts this season. This will be Pannone’s second career start against Cleveland.
The Cleveland Indians will look to push for the sweep on Sunday after taking the first two games of the set on Friday. Max Moroff had an RBI and a double and Kevin Plawecki chipped in a solo home run while Carlos Santana had the walk-off solo home run in the bottom of the 9th to steal the win for the Tribe. Hanley Ramirez also chipped in a base hit of his own to round out Cleveland’s offense as the Tribe put out just four hits as a team in the winning effort. Shane Bieber allowed two runs on two hits while striking out nine over six innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Adam Cimber got the win to improve to 1-0 this season. Carlos Carrasco will start game three and is 0-1 with a 12.46 ERA and 4 strikeouts this season. In his career, Carrasco is 3-1 with a 4.78 ERA and 58 strikeouts against Toronto.
Toronto is 4-0 in Pannone’s last 4 starts and 1-4 in their last 5 games overall while the under is 6-0 in their last 6 games against the AL Central. Cleveland is 2-5 in Carrasco’s last 7 starts and 4-12 in their last 16 games against a left-handed starter while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 home games. Toronto is 2-8 in the last 10 meetings between these two teams in Cleveland.
The plus money with Toronto is tempting considering that Pannone had success in his lone start against Cleveland and Carrasco was rocked in his first start of the year. However, Toronto just can’t seem to get going and can’t get enough consistent offense going at the plate to give the plus money value. Cleveland is rolling along right now and are starting to pick up some steam. Given what we’ve seen so far in the series, laying the juice with Cleveland seems like the only option in my opinion.