David Price (13-4, 2.42 ERA) and the Toronto Blue Jays (74-56) take on Danny Salazar (11-7, 3.30 ERA) and the Cleveland Indians (63-66) in a game that has the potential to be low scoring. This is the first of a three-game series at the Rogers Centre. The Indians come into this series riding a five-game winning streak. Action begins at 7:07 p.m. ET on Monday, Aug. 31 and can be seen on STOh and RSN.
Price pitched 6.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering two runs, striking out eight and walking one in a 12-4 win over the Rangers. Josh Donaldson (.301, 101 Rs, 36 HRs, 106 RBIs, 5 SBs) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 5 with one run, one home run, and two RBIs. Salazar went 4.2 innings, surrendering four runs (one unearned) and striking out six in a 6-2 defeat to the Yankees in his last outing. Michael Brantley (.325, 60 Rs, 11 HRs, 73 RBIs, 14 SBs) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 4 yesterday with three runs and one RBI.
This one isn't expected to be close when Toronto, a substantial -180 favorite, takes on Cleveland. According to the oddsmakers, the Over/Under (O/U) is currently seven runs. The Blue Jays have recorded an overall money line of +752 and have shown high-level performance as a favorite this season with a record of 54-28. Toronto is an impressive 7-2 as the favorite over its last 10 games. The Blue Jays have no trouble scoring as they lead the AL in offense with 5.5 runs per game. As for the pitchers, opposing offenses have been stifled by the Blue Jays, who have a team ERA of only 3.78. The Blue Jays are the second-best team in the AL at limiting hits during home games, allowing only 7.7 hits per game to their opponents this season.
In games where it is the underdog, Cleveland has a 19-26 record and an overall money line of -1,599. Cleveland is excellent at not striking out n the road with just 7.2 per game, ranking third in the AL. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Indians are one of the best in the league with a WHIP of 1.19 for the season.
The Blue Jays have a 54-44 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Salazar takes the mound. Price (LHP) will be on the hill against the Indians, who have a inferior 16-27 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - Tor, O/U - Over
When leading after 7 innings, Toronto is 35-23, while Cleveland is 19-22.
The Indians are coming into this game after allowing zero walks during their last outing. The Blue Jays have a 3-2 record when opponents give up that many walks.
When they outhit their opponents, the Indians are 54-10. The Blue Jays have a 59-6 record when outhitting opponents.
Toronto ranks at the top of the league when it comes to runs with 718 this season. Cleveland ranks in the bottom half at 16th with 530.
Toronto ranks at the top of the league when it comes to walks with 446 this season. Cleveland ranks in the top five at second with 444.
When the Blue Jays hit at least one home run, they are 68-29, well-matched with the Indians who are 47-26 when hitting one or more homers.