Toronto Blue Jays at Cleveland Indians Free Preview

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In the 2 game of their doubleheader, the Toronto Blue Jays are set to face off against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. The opening pitch is scheduled for 4:40 p.m. ET and SportsTime Ohio will be airing this AL showdown.

Toronto Blue Jays at Cleveland Indians Odds

The Blue Jays are 17-13 SU and have gone 17-12 against the spread (ATS). They’ve gained 3.9 units for moneyline bettors in this young season and 5.5 units ATS. Toronto has covered the spread five times in its last seven games and the over has hit in five of those seven. The Indians, on the other hand, are 16-13 SU and 10-18 ATS. They’ve lost 4.4 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 9.4 units ATS. Cleveland has covered the spread only twice over its last seven games and the over has cashed in six of those seven.

Cleveland games have an over/under record of 13-15 thus far in 2018. The Blue Jays have an over/under record of 14-12-3.

The right-handed Joe Biagini is getting the start for the visiting Blue Jays. Biagini is 0-0 with a 4.76 ERA and four strikeouts. He has yet to face the Indians this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.

The Indians will turn to righty Adam Plutko (0-0, ERA), who has zero punchouts and zero walks to his name as well as a WHIP of . Plutko did not pitch in the majors in 2017.

As a unit, Cleveland’s pitchers have yielded 4.0 runs per game overall in 2018. The teams starters have an ERA of 3.33, a WHIP of 1.06 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 8.2. The bullpen has a 4.57 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 9.1 K/9.

The Cleveland hitters have produced 4.1 runs per outing, including 5.2 per game over its last 10 games and 6.6 per game over their last five. The teams hit .289/.351/.497 over its last five games and is 2-3 SU during that stretch.

Third baseman Jose Ramirez and left fielder Michael Brantley have paced the Indians hitters this year. Ramirez is hitting .270/.352/.514 with seven home runs, 16 RBIs and 14 runs scored, while Brantley’s line is .333/.345/.543 with three homers, 15 RBIs and seven runs.

Compared to his total season slash line of .299/.358/.444, Brantley appeared to enjoy facing righties at home in 2017, slashing .323/.400/.511 across 150 plate appearances.

In the other dugout, Toronto’s pitchers have allowed 4.3 runs per game and its starters own a 5.23 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 8.61 K/9. The bullpen has managed an outstanding ERA of just 2.33, along with a K-per-9 of 9.12.

The Blue Jays offense has slashed .232/.321/.421 on its way to 5.2 runs scored per game this season, including 4.1 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 5.0 per game over the teams last five contests (3-2 SU).

Toronto’s offensive production been led by outfielders Kevin Pillar and Teoscar Hernandez. Pillar is slashing .324/.374/.577 with four home runs, 15 RBIs, 21 runs and five stolen bases, while Hernandez is hitting .292/.354/.611 with four homers, 11 RBIs and 13 runs scored.

Compared to his total season slash line of .271/.315/.624, Hernandez didn’t perform especially well against righty pitching on the road in 2017, putting up a slash line of only .231/.333/.500 across 30 such plate appearances.

The Blue Jays have gained 4.7 units and are 9-8 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has cashed in eight of those games, compared to eight that’ve gone under against right-handed starting pitchers. On the other hand, the Indians have lost 6.8 units and are 7-12 ATS when facing a righty starter. The over has hit in nine of those games, compared to 10 that went under the total.

Toronto Blue Jays vs. Cleveland Indians Free Prediction

Predictions: SU Winner – Indians, ATS Winner – Blue Jays, O/U – OVER

Betting Trends

  • Toronto has posted 18.7 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 21.8 over its last five.
  • The Blue Jays have hit 15 home runs in their last 10 games, including 10 over their last five.