Corey Kluber (0-3, 4.24 ERA) and the Cleveland Indians (8-14) go up against Aaron Sanchez (1-2, 5.03 ERA) and the Toronto Blue Jays (11-13) in the third of a four-game series at Progressive Field. The Indians won the last game 9-4 and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game starts at 4:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, May. 2 and will air on RSN and STO.
In his most recent outing, Kluber pitched 6.1 innings, allowing four runs (two unearned), striking out five and walking two in a 6-2 loss to the Royals. Michael Brantley (.344, 8 Rs, 1 HR, 9 RBIs, 1 SB) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 5 with two runs, one home run, and two RBIs. The Blue Jays were unsuccessful to the Red Sox 6-5 the last time Sanchez pitched. He went 5.2 innings, allowing three runs (one unearned), striking out seven and walking two. Josh Donaldson (.330, 20 Rs, 6 HRs, 17 RBIs, 2 SBs) has been hitting the ball well, going 2 for 3 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and one RBI.
Cleveland is a -155 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at seven runs. The Indians perform poorly as a favorite with a 4-8 record and have an overall money line of -943. The have been extremely effective at striking opposing batters out, leading the AL with 9.6 strikeouts per game.
On the other side, the Blue Jays have a record of 5-7 when they are the underdog and are -276 overall with the money line. Over the past 10 matchups, they are 5-5 SU and have played poorly as the underdog with a 2-5 record. The Blue Jays rank third in the AL in scoring, averaging 5.3 runs per game. Toronto is one of the top home-run-hitting teams in the league with 29 home runs.
This game will feature Sanchez (RHP) on the mound against the Indians, who have a 6-6 record when they take on a right-handed starter. The right-handed Kluber will take the mound against the Blue Jays, who have an 8-11 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - TOR, O/U - Over
When leading after 7 innings, Toronto is 5-3, while Cleveland is 3-6.
The Indians managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Blue Jays who are coming in with a 7-5 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Blue Jays are 2-11. The Indians have a 2-10 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 10th in home runs, Cleveland has hit 22 this season. Toronto ranks fourth with 29 home runs.
Ranking 12th, Cleveland is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.00 per game. Toronto ranks in the top 10 at ninth with 8.17.
Ranking 16th, Cleveland is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.695). Toronto ranks in the top 10 at seventh with an OPS of .745.
When the Blue Jays allow at least one home run, they are 9-9. When the Indians allow one or more homers, they have a 6-9 record.