In the first of a four-game series between the Cleveland Indians (7-13) and the Toronto Blue Jays (7-13) at Progressive Field, TJ House (0-3, 12.60 ERA) and Daniel Norris (1-1, 4.43 ERA) get the ball. The game gets underway at 7:10 p.m. ET on Thursday, Apr. 30 and will air on RSN and STO.
House makes his regular turn in the rotation for the first time this season. The Blue Jays were unsuccessful the last time Norris pitched. He pitched well, going, going 7.0 innings, allowing one run, striking out seven and walking three in a 4-2 loss to the Rays.
Cleveland is a slight underdog (+100) and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at eight runs. The Indians have a losing record of 3-5 when playing as the underdog and an overall money line of -943. They have been very patient at the plate during home games, ranking fourth in the AL with an average of 3.6 walks per game. Turning to the pitching staff, they have been extremely effective at striking opposing batters out, leading the AL with 9.8 strikeouts per game.
Switching to the opposing bench, the Blue Jays come into this game with a win percentage of .500 when playing as the favorite (5-5) and an overall money line of -276. They have played at the top of their game when rated as favorite recently. They managed a 3-1 record when playing as the favorite and an SU record of 5-5. They sport the top-ranked offense in the AL, averaging 5.5 runs per game. The Blue Jays are known for their power, smashing 28 home runs.
The Indians will take on a left-hander (Norris) in this game. They have struggled against left-handed starting pitchers this season, going 1-7.
Predictions: SU Winner - TOR, O/U - Over
When leading after 7 innings, Toronto is 5-3, while Cleveland is 3-6.
The Indians are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded 11 strikeouts. The Blue Jays have a record of 2-3 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When they are outhit, the Blue Jays are 1-10. The Indians have a 2-10 record when opponents outhit them.
Cleveland ranks in the top half of the league at 11th when it comes to home runs, hitting 19 this season. Toronto ranks in the top five at fourth with 28.
Ranking 12th, Cleveland is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 7.84 per game. Toronto ranks in the top 10 at sixth with 8.48.
Ranking 21st, Cleveland is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.672). Toronto ranks in the top 10 at sixth with an OPS of .744.
The Blue Jays are 9-8 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Indians are 5-9 when they allow at least one homer.