Trevor Bauer (2-0, 1.80 ERA) starts for the Cleveland Indians (8-15) as they square off against Drew Hutchison (2-0, 6.67 ERA) and the Toronto Blue Jays (12-13) in the last of a four-game series at Progressive Field. The Blue Jays won the last game 11-4 and Toronto leads the series 2-1. Action begins at 1:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, May. 3 and can be seen on RSN and STO.
Bauer pitched 6.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering three runs, striking out two and walking two in an 11-5 defeat to the Royals. Michael Brantley (.338, 8 Rs, 1 HR, 10 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one RBI. Against the Indians, Hutchison is 0-0 with a 3.38 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, and nine strikeouts. Devon Travis (.325, 19 Rs, 6 HRs, 19 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 3 yesterday with two runs.
Cleveland is a narrow -115 favorite at home against Toronto. The matchup has an estimated Over/Under (O/U) of eight runs. The Indians have recorded an overall money line of -843 and have shown a weak performance as a favorite this season with a record of 5-8. The Indians have seen an uptick in scoring as of late, averaging 5.0 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 4.0 runs per game. Turning to the pitchers, opponents have consistently been struck out by the Indians, who lead the AL in strikeouts per game with 9.6.
Over in the other dugout, Toronto is coming in with an overall money line of -376 and a disappointing record of 5-8 as the underdog. They played poorly as the underdog over their last 10 games with a 2-6 record, and a 4-6 record SU. Offensively, they average 5.2 runs per game, which is good for third in the AL. The Blue Jays can change the game with one swing of the bat, ranking fifth in the league with 30 home runs.
The Blue Jays lead the season series, 2-1. The Indians have a 6-6 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Hutchison takes the mound. Bauer (RHP) will be on the hill against the Blue Jays, who have an 8-12 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - TOR, O/U - Over
For the first time this season, the Blue Jays registered at least two errors.
When the Blue Jays play into extra innings, they have a 1-0 record. The Indians are 0-1 when their games exceed nine innings.
The Blue Jays are coming into this meeting after a high-scoring game where they scored an impressive 11 runs. The Indians have a 0-2 record when opponents score that many runs or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Indians are 6-2. The Blue Jays have a 10-1 record when outhitting opponents.
Toronto tops the league in runs with 137 this season. Cleveland ranks in the bottom half at 18th with 92.
Ranking 12th, Cleveland is in the top half of the league in walks, notching 76 this season. Toronto ranks in the top five at fourth with 85.
The Indians are 7-6 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Blue Jays are 10-5 when they hit at least one homer.