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The Cleveland Indians will be squaring off against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. SportsTime Ohio will broadcast this AL matchup and the game is scheduled to get underway at 4:07 p.m. ET.

Cleveland Indians at Toronto Blue Jays Odds

Vegas is listing Cleveland (-130) as the favorite over Toronto (+120). Gamblers can bet on the game’s total with odds posted at -125 for over 9.5 runs and +105 for under 9.5. Bettors can also wager on the game’s spread with the most recent runline odds sitting at +115 for the Indians -1.5 runs and -135 for the Blue Jays +1.5 runs.

The Blue Jays are 64-77 straight up (SU) and 58-82 against the spread (ATS). The team’s lost 12.1 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 35.5 units (ATS). Toronto has covered the spread just twice in its last seven games and the total has gone over in four of those seven. The Indians have gone 80-61 SU this year and are 68-72 ATS. Overall, the team’s lost 15.8 units for moneyline gamblers and 12.7 units ATS. Cleveland has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the total has gone under in three of those seven.

Toronto games have an over/under record of 73-59-8 in 2018. Cleveland has an over/under record of 68-65-7.

Adam Plutko will get the nod for the visiting Indians. The right-handed Plutko is 4-5 with a 5.04 ERA and 52 strikeouts. He’s 1-0 with six strikeouts and a 3.68 ERA against Toronto this year.

The Blue Jays are handing the ball to righty Sean Reid-Foley (1-2, 5.51 ERA), who’s got 19 strikeouts and seven walks, as well as a WHIP of 1.47. Reid-Foley has yet to face the Indians this year and did not record any MLB pitching stats last season.

Cleveland’s pitchers have allowed 4.0 runs per game and its starters own a 3.38 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 9.62 K/9. The bullpen has managed an ERA of 4.67, along with a WHIP of 1.14 and a K/9 of 9.16.

Indians hitters have slashed .258/.331/.435 on their way to 5.0 runs scored per game this season, including 4.2 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 4.8 per game over the team’s last five contests (3-2 SU).

Shortstop Francisco Lindor and left fielder Michael Brantley continue to lead Cleveland’s offense. Lindor is hitting .285/.360/.530 with 33 home runs, 84 RBIs, 117 runs and 23 stolen bases, while Brantley is hitting .303 with 14 homers, 70 RBIs and 77 runs scored.

For the home team, Toronto’s pitchers have given up 5.2 runs per game overall this year. Its starting pitching staff has an ERA of 5.25, a WHIP of 1.45 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 7.6. The bullpen has a 4.35 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 8.9 K/9.

Toronto’s offense is putting up 4.4 runs per outing, including 4.3 per game over its last 10 games and 3.6 per game over its last five. The team has hit .251/.316/.380 over its last five contests and is 2-3 SU during that span.

First baseman Justin Smoak and outfielder Kevin Pillar have led the Blue Jays’ offense this year. Smoak is slashing .247/.355/.465 with 23 home runs, 71 RBIs and 62 runs scored, while Pillar’s line is .248/.276/.412 with 12 homers, 52 RBIs, 55 runs and 14 stolen bases.

The Indians have lost 12.6 units and are 51-54 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has cashed in 51 of those games, compared to 49 that’ve gone under against right-handed starting pitchers. On the other hand, the Blue Jays have netted 5.3 units and are 40-54 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The over’s hit in 50 of those games, compared to 40 that’ve gone under.

Cleveland Indians at Toronto Blue Jays MLB Pick

Predictions: SU Winner – Indians, ATS Winner – Indians, O/U – UNDER

Betting Notes

  • The over has cashed in four of Toronto’s last seven games.
  • Cleveland has recorded 20.2 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 23.6 over its last five.
  • The Indians have hit 10 home runs in their last 10 games, including seven over their last five.