Josh Tomlin (11-6, 4.14 ERA) and the Cleveland Indians (70-50) go up against Aaron Sanchez (12-2, 2.84 ERA) and the Toronto Blue Jays (69-53) in the second of a three-game series at Progressive Field. The Indians won the last game 3-2, and Cleveland leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 7:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 20 and will air on STOh and RSN.
In his last start, Tomlin pitched 7.2 innings, allowing three runs and striking out three in a 3-2 loss to the Red Sox. Mike Napoli (.262, 77 Rs, 29 HRs, 86 RBIs, 4 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one RBI. The Blue Jays were victorious over the Astros 4-2 the last time Sanchez pitched. He went 7.0 innings, giving up two runs, striking out six and walking three.
Cleveland, a +117 underdog, will look to capitalize at home against Toronto. The teams combine to set the Over/Under (O/U) at eight runs. When playing as the underdog, the Indians have a 15-15 record and overall money line at +618. The Indians are a dangerous hitting team with 403 extra base hits, one of the highest totals in the MLB. The Indians are a nightmare on the bases for opponents with 102 steals, one of the highest totals in baseball. As for the pitching staff, the Indians are the best in the AL in hits allowed, giving up just 8.2 per game. They have been extremely effective at striking opposing batters out, averaging 8.4 strikeouts per game.
Across the field, the Blue Jays have a nice record of 56-35 when they are favored and are +195 overall with the money line. They sport the fifth-ranked offense in the AL, averaging four runs per game. The Blue Jays average 3.7 walks per game, making them the most disciplined team in the AL. Shifting to the pitching staff, they have a WHIP of 1.215, fourth best in the MLB.
The Indians are 3-2 against the Blue Jays this season. This game will feature Sanchez (RHP) on the mound against the Indians, who have a 45-38 record when they take on a right-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Blue Jays will be the right-hander Tomlin. They sport a 52-34 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - CLE, O/U - Over
In their last game, the Blue Jays lost by a margin of one run. The Indians are 17-16 in one-run games. The Blue Jays have a 13-21 record in close games.
Toronto has won 52% (26-24) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Cleveland has won 53% (27-24) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Blue Jays are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded nine strikeouts. The Indians have a record of 19-30 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Blue Jays are 55-9. The Indians have a 56-6 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking sixth, Toronto sits in the top 10 of the league in runs, scoring 588 this season. Cleveland ranks in the top five at fourth with 608.
Ranking 13th, Cleveland is in the top half of the league in walks, notching 378 this season. Toronto ranks in the top five at third with 453.
When the Indians hit at least one home run, they are 50-32, well-matched with the Blue Jays who are 61-31 when hitting one or more homers.