Toronto Blue Jays vs. Cleveland Indians Betting Preview
Where: Progressive Field, Cleveland
When: Friday, October 14, 2016, 8:00 PM ET
Line: Toronto Blue Jays (+124) vs. Cleveland Indians (-134);total: 7.5 – view all MLB lines
TV Broadcast: ESPN
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Betting on the Toronto Blue Jays (+124)
The Blue Jays begin their AL championship series with Marco Estrada on the mound and they will have full confidence on the righty, having seen what he can do in this postseason.
Estrada was fantastic in Game 1 of the ALDS against Texas, going 8.1 innings and allowing just an earned run on four hits while fanning six Rangers in a 10-1 road victory. Estrada, however, had a shaky performance in his lone start against Cleveland this year, yielding thee runs on five hits (two were homers) over five innings in a 9-6 victory. But as what the score suggests, Estrada has a solid run support that can save the day for him and the team.
Speaking of the offense, the Blue Jays remain as potent at the plate this postseason with the team slashing 260/.329/.534 in the playoffs. Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista have been monsters of late, combining for five home runs in the past four games. Also look for Josh Donaldson later tonight, as he is 6-for-16 with a homer off Cleveland’s Corey Kluber.
Toronto is 3-2 in its last five games against the Indians.
Betting on the Cleveland Indians (-134)
Cleveland isn’t going to be content with just an NBA title this year. With the Indians alive and kicking in the postseason, the city’s chances of having another parade downtown remain high.
Cleveland, which is +115 to win the series against Toronto, will turn to Corey Kluber later tonight. Kluber had a field day mowing down Boston’s lineup in his only start thus far this postseason, tossing seven scoreless innings and allowing just three hits with seven punchouts in the 6-0 victory.
The sweep of the Red Sox in the ALDS also highlighted the Indians’ excellent offense that scored 15 runs in the series.
Jose Ramirez and Jason Kipnis have been doing some heavy lifting on offense for the Indians. Ramirez was 5-for-19 with a double in the Boston series, while Kipnis was 4-for-11 with a home run in those games.
Cleveland’s speed could show up too against Toronto. The Indians finished the regular season with 134 stolen bases on 81.2 percent success rate. On the flipside, Blue Jays catcher isn’t great in catching players attempting a steal based on his 15% success rate in throwing out runners looking to steal.
Cleveland is 9-1 in Kluber’s last 10 home starts.
Cleveland (-134) wins, 5-4.
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