Cleveland Indians vs. Toronto Blue Jays
After playing in the longest Opening Day game in MLB history, the Cleveland Indians and Toronto Blue Jays return to the field for game two of their series. The Indians are -120 favorites over the Blue Jays with an over/under run total set at 8.
The Cleveland Indians looked to be cruising towards a win in their opening game against Toronto on Thursday but they let the lead get away from them in the top of the ninth inning and then failed to get runners in from third base with less than two outs several times in extra innings to take the loss. Justin Masterson allowed just two hits and run while striking out 10 in eight innings as he appeared headed towards a win but Chris Perez allowed 3 hits and three runs while retiring just two batters blowing the save and Jairo Asencio eventually took the loss allowing a three run home run. Jack Hannahan had a home run, two hits and drove in three, Shelly Duncan had a hit and scored a run, and Shin-Soo Choo had a hit as the Indians had seven hits and scored four runs total. For Saturday’s game Cleveland comes back with Ubaldo Jimenez who was picked up late last year in a blockbuster trade with the Rockies but who hasn’t quite lived up to expectations. Jimenez has all of the talent in the world but his control problems have been his undoing in his young career.
The Toronto Blue Jays feel behind on Thursday but never quit and it paid off for them as they earned their first win of the 2012 season. Starter Ricky Romero didn’t have his best stuff as he allowed three hits and four runs while striking out four lasting five innings while seven pitchers later it was Luis Perez who got the win. Jose Bautista had three hits and a home run, J.P. Arencibia hit the three run homer to tie the game in the ninth inning, and Edwin Encarnacion had two hits and drove in two runs. On Saturday Toronto starts Brandon Morrow who was 11-11 with a 4.72 ERA last season allowing 162 hits and 94 earned runs while striking out 203 over 179.1 innings of work. Morrow has big time stuff but when he makes mistakes they usually cost him in a very big way.
Cleveland is 2-5 in their last seven games against the AL East, 0-4 in their last four games following a loss, and 0-4 in their last four games against a right handed starter. Toronto is 7-16 in their last 23 games as an underdog, 0-4 in their last four game two of a series, and 10-4 in Morrow’s last 14 road starts. Toronto has won four in a row in Cleveland.
The total in this one is set at eight and I have this one coming in over that number.