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Stroman in Search of First Solid Start of 2018

Marcus Stroman #6 of the Toronto Blue Jays reacts after giving up a two run double against Joey Gallo #13 of the Texas Rangers in the fifth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on April 7, 2018 in Arlington, Texas.

The Toronto Blue Jays have enjoyed a strong start to the 2018 regular season and will look to keep the momentum going in Northeast Ohio when they visit the Cleveland Indians on Friday. Is another UNDER in store tonight? The UNDER is 9-3 in the last 12 meetings between the AL clubs with an average combined score of seven runs.

MyBookie opened the Blue Jays as +115 road underdogs with a total of 9.

SHARK BITES
  • The total has gone UNDER in seven of the Blue Jays’ last eight games as underdog.
  • The Blue Jays are 0-6 SU in their last six games on the road against the Indians.
  • The total has gone UNDER in seven of the Indians’ last eight games (Avg combined score: 4.8).

Toronto has won eight of 11 games after dropping the first two games of the season – a stark contrast to the team’s brutal 1-9 SU start a year ago. The Indians have won 12 of 18 meetings between the clubs over the last two seasons, including a 4-1 series triumph in the 2016 American League Championship Series.

Marcus Stroman and Mike Clevinger will get the start for the Jays and Tribe, respectively. Stroman (0-1, 8.33 ERA) didn’t fare well in his first road game of the season last Saturday, allowing five runs on six hits and five walks over 4.2 innings vs the Texas Rangers. The 26-year-old surrendered four runs over five innings against the New York Yankees in his first start of the year on April 1.

Clevinger (1-0, 0.71) didn’t factor into the decision in his last outing, a 3-1 Cleveland victory over Kansas City. The hurler gave up just one run on 10 hits and two walks over 7.1 innings of work, and the Florida native is 16-9 in his career.

The Tribe have been getting the job done behind Clevinger dating back to last season. Cleveland is 9-0 SU in its last nine with Clevinger on the mound.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The moneyline was hovering in the range of -148 for the Cleveland Indians in this one over at Bovada. The OVER/UNDER number was sitting near 8 at 5Dimes.

OddsShark computer score prediction models pick a possible 5.0-2.4 win for the Indians on Friday. 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

Cleveland (8-5) will face the 8-5 Blue Jays in this tilt. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Cleveland vs Toronto injuries news.

This game puts the Indians, most recently No. 9 in OddsShark MLB Power Rankings, up against the Blue Jays, who rate a No. 11 in the latest survey.

Statistical Matchup

When it comes to getting on base, the visiting Toronto Blue Jays rank No. 23 at 7.69 hits per game. That compares with the Cleveland Indians' No. 30 ranking in that category.

Defensively, Toronto features the No. 13-rated defense on the road, allowing 3.5 runs per game. Cleveland, meanwhile, comes in at No. 19 at home offensively, scoring 3.43 runs per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Toronto looks to rebound from a loss to the Orioles, who beat them 5-3 on Wednesday behind a start from Kevin Gausman at Camden Yards.

Cleveland rolled to a 9-3 win against Detroit on Thursday, as Trevor Bauer and the Indians' bats led the team to victory at Progressive Field.

Betting Trends
  • Toronto is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Toronto's last 16 games
  • Toronto is 15-8 ATS in its last 23 games on the road
  • Toronto is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road
  • Cleveland is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Cleveland is 5-12 ATS in its last 17 games
  • Cleveland is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Cleveland's last 8 games

Next Betting Matchups

Toronto at Cleveland, Saturday, April 14

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