Blue Jays vs. Indians Match Preview and Betting Odds

Toronto Blue Jays odds

The Toronto Blue Jays will hit the road this weekend for a four-game series with the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio, starting on Thursday, April 4. The starting pitchers for the series are as follows:

  • Thursday, April 4: Aaron Sanchez, RHP, 1-0, 0.00 ERA vs. Trevor Bauer, RHP, 0-0, 1.29 ERA
  • Friday, April 5: Trent Thornton, RHP, 0-0, 0.00 ERA vs. Shane Bieber, RHP, 0-0, 4.50 ERA
  • Saturday, April 6: TBD vs. Carlos Carrasco, RHP, 0-1, 12.46 ERA
  • Sunday, April 7: Marcus Stroman, RHP, 0-1, 1.42 ERA vs. Mike Clevinger, RHP, 0-0, 0.00 ERA

Recommended Odds - 6.4.19

Outlook:

Neither team has figured out how to hit the ball very well so far this season. Toronto is hitting a dismal .202, and the Indians are doing even worse– .160. Cleveland hit .265 during spring training while the Blue Jays hit .259. So, both teams can do better.

As for pitching, Toronto is off to a great start this season with the second-lowest ERA in the league, 2.05 The starters are doing even better (1.16) and have been very hard to hit (opposing batters are hitting .182).

Cleveland’s pitching has been pretty good overall although they did have a couple of poor outings last week.  The staff ERA is currently 3.98, but their starters have compiled a 4.08 ERA. With Carrasco currently the owner of a 12.46 ERA, then the rest of the staff must be throwing lights out.

Opposing batters are hitting .222 so far this season.

Predictions:

Bauer has had some struggles in the past against Cleveland. Look for Sanchez to continue his red-hot start and take home the win for the Blue Jays. Trent Thornton will keep the mound scorching hot for the Blue Jays Friday night and make it two in a row for Toronto. But on Friday, Carrasco is going to have a bounce-back game and secure a win for the Indians.

On Sunday, fans will be treated to a classic pitching duel that will hinge on how well the bullpens throw once the starter is pulled. Toronto’s bullpen is pitching better, so look for the Blue Jays to take the series finale as well.

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