Cleveland Indians (80-61) at Toronto Blue Jays (64-77)
|Date & Time||Saturday September 8, 2018, 4:07 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Toronto Blue Jays +132 / Cleveland Indians -142 --- Over/Under: 9.5
The Cleveland Indians and Toronto Blue Jays meet Saturday in MLB action at the Rogers Centre.
The Cleveland Indians look for a victory after splitting their last 10 games. The Indians have scored 14 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last 12 games. The Cleveland Indians have won seven of their last 10 games when scoring more than two runs. Francisco Lindor leads the Indians with 164 hits and 84 RBI while Michael Brantley and Jose Ramirez have combined for 297 hits and 167 RBI. Adam Plutko gets the ball, and he is 4-5 with a 5.04 ERA and 52 strikeouts this season. This will be Plutko’s second career game against the Blue Jays.
The Toronto Blue Jays could also use a win after splitting their last eight games. The Blue Jays have scored 17 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last 10 games. The Toronto Blue Jays have won four of their last six games when scoring more than one run. Justin Smoak leads the Blue Jays with 114 hits and 71 RBI while Kevin Pillar and Teoscar Hernandez have combined for 216 hits and 104 RBI. Sean Reid-Foley gets the ball, and he is 1-2 with a 5.51 ERA and 19 strikeouts this season. This will be Reid-Foley’s first career game against the Indians.
The Indians are 38-13 in their last 51 during game 3 of a series, 4-10 in their last 14 Saturday games and 0-5 in Plutkos last 5 starts. The Blue Jays are 7-3 in their last 10 during game 3 of a series, 1-4 in their last 5 games on astroturf and 1-4 in their last 5 home games. The Indians are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings and the over is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings.
Plutko has an ERA of 5.40 on the road this season and the Indians haven't provided him with much run support, which is why they've lost each of his last five starts. Reid-Foley has allowed 17 hits and 12 runs in 16.1 career innings, but this will be the first time he's pitched at home, so maybe that calms his nerves a bit. The bottom line is Plutko shouldn't be a big favorite and the Indians seem like a team that's going through the motions and not exactly finishing the season strong. I'll take a shot with the plus money and the home team here.