The Cleveland Indians seek to make it back-to-back wins in Toronto against the Blue Jays. After sweeping the Kansas City Royals in their return to Toronto, the Blue Jays had a hangover game on Monday. They didn’t look good in a 5-2 loss with the offense giving Robbie Ray little run support. The Blue Jays got behind early, 2-0, tied the game up in the 6th, but then sputtered the rest of the way.
Brad Hand, who was recently acquired, allowed 2 hits and 2 runs in the top of the 10th. That’s not the kind of introduction that you want to make with your new team. Hand was struggling towards the end of his tenure with the Washington Nationals, so fans there were happy to see him gone. He isn’t making any new fans in Toronto, at least not yet. I see that Hand is still trending on Twitter as I write this on Tuesday afternoon, so there you have it.
The Blue Jays fell to 54-49 on the season with the loss. They can’t afford to pass up winnable games like they had in front of them yesterday. With a struggling Eli Morgan going into that game for the Indians, the Blue Jays let the rookie off the hook and passed up a chance to win six straight games. If the Blue Jays would have found a way to push that winning streak to ten games, they’d be in great shape in mid-August.
That said, they can always pick up where they left off from Sunday and start a new winning streak. As it stands, the Jays are eight games behind the Boston Red Sox for the lead in the AL East. They have a bigger chance to win a wildcard, though. Notching the AL East is close to impossible at this point. The Jays are at a four-game disadvantage behind the Oakland Athletics. There isn’t much room for error down the stretch in this tight race.
I’m not excited about what the Blue Jays are going to do next season and the following year, so whatever happens in 2021, I wouldn’t be too concerned if I were a fan in Toronto. The Jays will send ace Hyun Jin Ryu to the bump, while the Indians are expected to counter with Zach Plesac. Much like the rest of the Indians’ rotation, it has been an up and down season for Plesac. Head below for our free Indians vs. Blue Jays pick on August 3, 2021.
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Hyun Jin Ryu is scheduled to make his first start at Rogers Centre as a member of the Blue Jays. This coming two years after he was signed to a four-year deal to pitch in Toronto. Ryu has been as advertised for the Blue Jays. He never came across as a guy that was going to take the money and run with it.
In his first season, the former Dodger posted an ERA of 2.69 and a 1.15 WHIP in 12 games. Ryu enters Tuesday with an ERA of 3.26 and a 1.14 WHIP. He’s been on fire recently, including a standout performance against the Red Sox in a 13-1 win on July 29. Ryu gave up 2 hits and no runs in the blowout victory.
In his previous three attempts, Ryu posted an ERA of 1.56 and a 0.98 WHIP across 18 innings of work. He’s allowed 1 or no earned runs in three of his last four starts. Ryu has given up just 1 RBI versus the Indians in 47 at-bats. If he’s in this form, then the Indians are going to have to ask Zach Plesac to show up big. Plesac has been serviceable with an ERA of 4.26 and a 1.10 WHIP.
In his previous three outings, Plesac recorded a 4.08 ERA and 1.30 WHIP. In two of those starts, Plesac was rock solid with just 2 runs allowed through a total of 11 innings. The wind is expected to be blowing in towards the infield at approximately 9 mph in Toronto tonight. It’s a perfect night for baseball with no rain, so the dome will be open at the Rogers Centre. The UNDER has gone 4-2 in their last six meetings. I could see another tonight. At close to even money, the UNDER appears to be worth considering.