Blue Jays vs. Indians Match Preview and Betting Odds

Starting on Thursday, April 4, 2019, the Cleveland Indians will host the Toronto Blue Jays for a four-game series at Progressive Field.

Starting on Thursday, April 4, 2019, the Cleveland Indians will host the Toronto Blue Jays for a four-game series at Progressive Field.

While they came into the season with low expectations, the Toronto Blue Jays have not been half-bad so far. They have gotten some great work out of their starting pitchers so far especially Marcus Stroman who has pitched exceptionally well despite his winless record.

Cleveland has gotten some great work out their starting pitchers as well, overall. There are a couple of guys that got off to bad starts that should rebound in time. But the problem both teams are having so far is offence.

Neither club is hitting well; Toronto is hitting .202 and Cleveland just .160. So far, the Blue Jays have scored 18 runs while the Indians have scored only ten.

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The starting pitchers are expected to be 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

This will be another low scoring game, but one the Blue Jays should win.

  • 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

Predictions:

Fans expecting high scores are going to be disappointed with this series. Both pitching staffs are doing well so far this season while their lineups have struggled to get a hit let alone score a run. Toronto’s offence has only been slightly better, but enough to give them the edge in what could be a series of pitching duels.

On Thursday, look for Sanchez to have another solid outing. Bauer pitched well last week, but he often struggles against the Blue Jays. Take Toronto to win. It will be interesting to see if Thornton can follow up his season-opening gem with another. Take Toronto to win this one, too.

Indians fans will be happy to see Carrasco bounce back and get the team a win in the Saturday game. As for the series finale on Sunday, look for a pitching duel to be decided by the bullpens—advantage Blue Jays. Take Toronto for this one as well.

Indians fans will be happy to see Carrasco bounce back and get the team a win in the Saturday game. As for the series finale on Sunday, look for a pitching duel to be decided by the bullpens—advantage Blue Jays. Take Toronto for this one as well. 

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