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Cleveland Still Perfect Through Four Playoff Games

Francisco Lindor provided the only offense in Game 1 of the ALCS with his game-winning two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth. Unfortunately for the Jays, it was the only offense the Indians would need. Both pitchers cruised through the first six innings but with Corey Kluber now used up, things could get sketchy in the Indians’ rotation.

SHARK BITES
  • The Blue Jays are 1-4 in their last 4 games on the road against the Indians.
  • The Indians are 7-2 in their last 8 games in the playoffs at home.
  • The Indians are 14-3 in their last 17 games at home after winning their most recent home game.

Marco Estrada got hung out to dry by the Blue Jays’ offense last night. He pitched eight innings of two-run baseball but got no run support. For Toronto, it feels like they score 10 or zero so the flood gates could open up tonight when they go up against Josh Tomlin (13-9, 4.40 ERA).

At one point this season, Josh Tomlin was one of the most profitable pitchers in the majors so he does have the capability of stealing a game if his stuff is on. He got roughed up big time in August but settled in and has not given up more than two runs in a game since the beginning of September. Tomlin faced the Jays twice this season and has given up seven earned runs in just 10.1 innings pitched.

Toronto will counter Tomlin with J.A. Happ, the Jays’ first 20-game winner since Roy Halladay. Happ had an incredible regular season that saw him parlay his 20 wins with a 3.18 ERA. Toronto will be the favorite in Game 2 but consider this. Cleveland went an astounding 32-20 against lefty pitching this year and Happ has not been very sharp on the road.

8.5 is a high-line for the total but both team’s bats could be coming alive today.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as MyBookie had set the Cleveland Indians as 115 underdogs on the moneyline for this contest. The over under was hovering near 8.5 for betting fans hoping to turn a profit on totals at Bovada.

Odds Shark computer prediction handicapping models run on this game pick a 4.4-2.2 victory for the Blue Jays. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Toronto Blue Jays vs Cleveland Indians Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Cleveland Indians bring a 98-67 record to the battle against the 93-74 Blue Jays. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Cleveland vs Toronto injuries news.

The Cleveland Indians sit at No. 13 in the current MLB power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Toronto Blue Jays sit at No. 11 on the same chart.

Statistical Matchup

Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features the Cleveland Indians No. 4-ranked scoring average of 4.81 runs per game, against a Toronto Blue Jays offense rated No. 8 and scoring 4.71 runs per game. The Indians have averaged 8.88 hits per game to date this season, more than the Blue Jays hitters have managed (8.4 per nine innings).

Comparing defensive stats, Toronto owns the No. 1-rated road mark, allowing 3.68 runs per game on the highway. Cleveland, on the other hand, rates No. 3 in scoring at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Toronto didn't plate a single run in their last outing, shut down by C Kluber in a losing cause, 2-0, against Cleveland on Friday.

Betting Trends
  • Toronto is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Toronto is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 16 of Toronto's last 21 games
  • Toronto is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • Cleveland is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Cleveland is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cleveland's last 5 games
  • Cleveland is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Toronto home to Cleveland, Monday, October 17th

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