Toronto Blue Jays at Cleveland Indians
|Date & Time||Sunday April 7, 2019, 1:10 PM (EDT)|
Cleveland Indians -150 / Toronto Blue Jays +140 O/U: 7.5
The Toronto Blue Jays and the Cleveland Indians will be finishing up their MLB weekend series on Sunday.
The Indians took the first two games in this series 4-1 and 3-2, then on Saturday Cleveland did it again with a 7-2 win.
For the Sunday game, the Jays will be sending out RHP Marcus Stroman for the start. In his two starts and 12.2 innings this year, Stroman has a 1.42 ERA with 12 Ks and five walks across an 0-1 mark.
Leading the way for the Blue Jays in the Saturday loss was Freddy Galvis on two hits and a solo homer. Justin Smoak ripped a double for Toronto in that one but also struck out twice.
Over on the Indians’ side, they’re going with Mike Clevinger on Sunday. In his lone start this season, Clevinger put up 7.0 innings, 12 Ks, zero earned and just one hit in a no-decision versus the White Sox April 1.
Carlos Santana finished Saturday’s game with two hits, one RBI and a run for the Indians. Jake Bauers also had a nice outing with a hit and two RBI.
The Blue Jays are 4-1 in Stroman’s last five starts in game four of a series and 5-2 in his last seven Sunday starts. Toronto is 0-4 in Stroman’s last four starts and 1-6 in his last seven starts on four days’ rest.
Meanwhile, the Indians are 7-1 in Clevinger’s last eight home starts and 5-0 in his last five starts with five days’ rest. Cleveland is 4-1 in Clevinger’s last five starts and 6-1 in his last seven starts on grass.
Stroman’s first start was a gem, and he was rewarded with a no-decision for his efforts. The second of Stroman’s starts was a little sketchier, with nine hits across 5.2 innings in an eventual 2-1 loss.
Clevinger didn’t get any help from his offense either, as Cleveland couldn’t get anything going against a “blah” White Sox team. This is probably going to be a fun pitching matchup, but with Stroman playing with fire his last time out, I have to go Indians in a close one here.