The Indians walked off the Blue Jays last night with a ninth-inning rally that saw Toronto closer Roberto Osuna blow his third save of the season. These two teams have played dramatic series all year long and seem destined to meet in a playoff matchup to see which team Mark Shapiro built better.
Cleveland is 7-2 in its last 9 games at Progressive Field.
Both teams lead their respective divisions.
The Blue Jays are 4-1 on the runline in their last 5 games.
Both teams have thrived off starting pitching this year and will lean on Aaron Sanchez (12-2, 2.84 ERA) and Josh Tomlin (11-6, 4.14 ERA) respectively.
It appears as though Sanchez’ spot in the starting rotation is now concrete, giving the young fire-baller a legitimate shot at the AL Cy Young award. The California native has been lights out on the road in his first full season as a starter, posting a 7-1 record and 2.40 ERA away from Rogers Centre.
Just a few weeks ago, Josh Tomlin was the most profitable pitcher in baseball. He has, however, fallen down the list significantly after dropping three straight contests. In his three August starts, Tomlin owns a 9.37 ERA having pitched two consecutive games where he gave up seven earned runs.
Sanchez has the ability to give up a big game but more often than not, he’s been a stud for the Jays rotation this year. Toronto has a real edge at the most important position in baseball tonight.