Toronto Blue Jays vs. Cleveland Indians
The Toronto Blue Jays and the Cleveland Indians close out their season opening series in Toronto on Thursday. The Blue Jays are -170 favorites over the Indians with an over/under run total set at 9.
The expectations for the Toronto Blue Jays was sky high heading into the season but after two games they are still looking for their first win. On Wednesday Jose Bautista ad a home run as did Maicer Izturis and Melky Cabrera and Jose Reyes added hits as the Jays scored two runs on five hits in all. Starter Brandon Morrow allowed six hits and an earned run while striking out eight over six innings of work to not factor in the decision as Sergio Santos allowed the game winning home run in the 11th inning to take the loss. For Thursday’s game Toronto looks to salvage a win as they start Mark Buehrle who was acquired from Miami. Last year in Miami Buehrle went 13-13 with a 3.74 ERA allowing 197 hits and 84 earned runs while striking out 125 over 202.1 innings of work.
The Cleveland Indians were underdogs in both of their first two games of this series but that didn’t deter them as they walked off of the field with wins in each of them. Mark Reynolds hit the game winning home run, Michael Brantley had four hits, and Carlos Santana had two hits as the Indians scored three runs on 10 hits in all. Ubaldo Jimenez allowed three hits over six innings while striking out six but didn’t figure in the decision as Mitch Albers got the win and Joe Smith got his first save of the year. For Thursday’s game Cleveland starts Bret Myers who worked only in relief last season playing for the Astros and then the White Sox. With Chicago Myers went 3-4 with a 3.12 ERA allowing 30 hits and striking out 21over 34.2 innings of work.
Toronto is 7-2 in their last nine game three of a series, 3-8 against the AL Central, and 3-11 in their last 14 games against a right-handed starter. Cleveland is 20-45 in their last 65 games overall, 17-39 in their last 56 road games, and 4-10 in their last 14 games against a left handed starter. Cleveland is 4-7 in their last 11 games against Toronto.
We are going to see some runs in this one and for my pick I like the over even though it is set at nine runs.