Corey Kluber (13-8, 3.15 ERA) and Marcus Stroman (9-5, 4.63 ERA) are on the hill in the last of a three-game series between the Cleveland Indians (70-51) and the Toronto Blue Jays (70-53) at Progressive Field. The Blue Jays won the last game 6-5, and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 1:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, Aug. 21 and can be seen on STOh and RSN.
Kluber pitched 6.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering one run, striking out seven and walking two in a 3-1 win over the White Sox. Stroman went 6.1 innings, surrendering two and striking out eight in a 9-2 win over the Astros in his last outing. Edwin Encarnacion (.268, 77 Rs, 35 HRs, 101 RBIs, 2 SBs) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 5 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
Cleveland is a -152 favorite against Toronto and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at eight runs. The Indians have recorded an overall money line of +605 and have shown high-level performance as a favorite this season with a record of 55-36. Cleveland is an impressive 7-2 as the favorite over its last 10 games. Cleveland is one of the best in the MLB in terms of steals, swiping 102 bases. Turning to the pitchers, the Indians are the fifth-best team in the league at limiting hits and walks to their opponents, recording a WHIP of 1.237 so far this season. Opponents have consistently been struck out by the Indians, who rank third in the AL in strikeouts per game with 8.5.
In games where it is the underdog, Toronto has a 14-18 record and an overall money line of +198. The Blue Jays have a dynamic offense, ranking fifth in the league with 406 extra base hits. Toronto is excellent at drawing walks with an AL-best 3.7 per game. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Blue Jays are one of the best in the league with a WHIP of 1.211 for the season.
The Indians have a 45-39 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Stroman takes the mound. Kluber (RHP) will be on the hill against the Blue Jays, who have a 53-35 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - CLE, O/U - Over
The Blue Jays won their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Indians are 17-17. The Blue Jays are 14-21 in close games this season.
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 into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Indians have a 13-14 record when opponents give up one walk or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Blue Jays are 56-9. The Indians have a 56-6 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking sixth, Toronto sits in the top 10 of the league in runs, scoring 594 this season. Cleveland ranks in the top five at fourth with 613.
Ranking 14th, Cleveland is in the top half of the league in walks, notching 379 this season. Toronto ranks in the top five at third with 454.
The Indians are 50-33 when they hit at least one home run. The Blue Jays perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 62-31 record.