Well, that escaladed quickly. The Indians looked like they were on their way to a loss, as their offense couldn’t find anything before the 5th inning. The Blue Jays held a 3-1 lead going into the bottom of the 5th, but that’s when things changed in a hurry. The Tribe rattled off 4 runs, and then went on to score later on to capture a 13-3 win over the Blue Jays. There isn’t been too much effort out of the Blue Jays this season, other than Justin Smoak, so no it’s not all that surprising. They’ve been good in spots, but there doesn’t appear to be cohesiveness with this bunch.
The energy isn’t there, and it’s shown on the diamond. The Blue Jays are currently 44-52 which puts them at last place in the division and 9.5 games behind the Red Sox. It’s a fall from grace for the Jays who had a bit of a turbulent offseason. The main storyline was all about whether Encarnacion and Bautista were on the way out. Encarnacion left for Cleveland, while Bautista is still in Toronto. The overarching theme of their winter was doom and gloom.
It’s been pretty gloomy for the Jays, there’s no doubt about it. What happens with Bautista this offseason is going to be interesting. Then again, if the Jays don’t trade him that is. Bautista is hitting just .227 with 16 deep balls this season. For a guy demanding top money on the market, he’s not going to get it with those numbers.
He could give a boost to a postseason ready team this season, but there aren’t going to be too many suitors ready to write big money checks out. Danny Salazar will make his much awaited return to the Indians’ starting rotation tonight. If Salazar can find a rhythm, the Indians will have some great ammunition to add to their arsenal. The Jays will counter with Marcus Stroman, who has been having a solid year, which you can’t say for many on this roster. Get our free Blue Jays vs. Indians pick below.
Toronto Blue Jays vs. Cleveland Indians Pick
Marcus Stroman (9-5, 3.10 ERA) vs. Danny Salazar (3-5, 5.40 ERA)
Salazar hasn’t seen action in a starting role since May 27th. He got a couple of relief appearances in June, but he was sent to the shelf when it was clear something wasn’t right. Salazar played like an injured pitcher before sitting down. He has an ERA of 5.40 and 1.58 WHIP. He played a crucial role a year ago in getting the Indians to the World Series, as he finished the year with a 3.87 ERA. Salazar was great in his rehab stint, including 9 K’s and no runs allowed in 6 innings.
Stroman has been pitching strong, most of all lately, where he posted a 1.45 ERA in his last three outings. He shuttered the Red Sox for 0 runs and 5 hits across 6.2 innings of work. While that’s great, the price in this game makes no sense whatsoever. Given all that, they have Salazar as a -137 or more favorite? It seems to me the books are laying a trap down on the Jays. Stroman and the Jays will see a generous amount of money come his way in this matchup. It’s too easy, and when it looks that easy, I don’t like my money being anywhere near it.
PICK: INDIANS (-137)