MLB Baseball Betting: Toronto Blue Jays at Cleveland Indians

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The Toronto Blue Jays will try to bounce back from a loss in the opening game of their 3 game set against the Cleveland Indians when the two teams play on Saturday night. Cleveland took a 3-2 victory in the opening contest and have been in excellent form of late winning 9 of their last 13 games. Their closest challengers in the AL Central are the Detroit Tigers who have been slumping badly of late losing 7 of 10. It won’t be long before the Jays’ bigger concern will be the Kansas City Royals who are the hottest team in baseball at the moment having won six straight and 9 of 10. The Blue Jays are 6-4 in their last 10 and are trying to fend off the Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles. Currently, the Jays are in first place by 1/2 game over Boston and 1.5 games over Baltimore. The Yankees are still in the mix 6.5 games behind.

Toronto will start Aaron Sanchez who has been extremely consistent and solid this season. He’s not an overpowering pitcher but seldom turns in a poor start and gives his team a chance to win every time he takes the ball. Overall, the Jays are 14-9 in his 23 starts this season including 7-5 on the road though they’ve lost two of his last three games. Sanchez has a 2.89 ERA and a 1.162 WHIP on the season with a 2.50 ERA and 1.113 WHIP on the road. In his last three games he’s got a 3.60 ERA with a 1.200 WHIP. Were it not for a 4 ER outing at Kansas City on August 6 he’d have been right at the 2.00 mark for his last three.

Cleveland will counter with right hander Josh Tomlin who has been mediocre at best this year but until lately the Tribe had a very good record in his starts. Cleveland is 15-7 +8.5 units in all of Tomlin’s starts this year including 7-3 +3.3 units at home. They’ve lost his last three starts and he’s pitched very poorly. For the year, he’s got a 4.14. ERA and a 1.175 WHIP overall with a 4.22 ERA and a 1.190 WHIP at home. In his last three starts he’s got a 9.36 ERA and a 1.652 WHIP. He pitched reasonably well last time out(7 2/3 innings 7 hits 3 ER against Boston) but in his two prior starts he combined for only 8 2/3 innings allowing 14 earned runs.

Toronto pounds RHP as it is and if Tomlin is struggling they’ll make him pay.


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