The Cleveland Indians travel to Toronto where they look to pad their comfortable lead in the American League Central. With zero threat in the division, the Indians are cruising to the postseason. There is an outside shot at catching the Astros for the second seed in the American League, but that’s looking tough at this point. The greater focus for the Indians should be making sure they don’t go cold and lose focus going into the later stages of September.
It could be easy for a team that have been waiting for the postseason to start for two months to go into dormant mode. They also have to avoid injuries and hope newly acquired, Josh Donaldson, is healthy for October. Donaldson smacked a grand slam in his first rehab game in Triple-A. The Tribe are hoping that’s a sign of things to come for Donaldson. He would provide an instant shot of offense if he joins the Indians as a healthy and able.
For the Blue Jays, it’s all about the future. They have some guys in the minor league system, and one just recently called up, who are likely going to combine to provide a potent offense for the Blue Jays in the future. Vlad Jr is going to be in Buffalo for the remainder of the season, but he is going to be on promotion watch in 2019. 23-year-old Rowdy Tellez just got the call up to the majors and made an immediate impact. In his only at-bat, Tellez doubled in a run for his first hit in the major leagues. The Jays put up 7 runs in the bottom of the 1st to put the game away early. With the Rays back in the US, the Jays welcome the Indians to the Rogers Centre. Get our free Blue Jays vs. Indians pick below.
Cleveland Indians vs. Toronto Blue Jays Pick
Shane Bieber (8-3, 4.66 ERA) vs. Sam Gaviglio (3-7, 5.02 ERA)
Tellez got emotional after his first major league hit, which went for an RBI in his first ever game with the Blue Jays. It’s like to be the first of many, and there are other Jays’ prospects waiting in the wings in the farm. The Jays exploded for 10 runs on the Rays last night to secure a 10-3 victory. They avoided a sweep to the Rays with the big win on Wednesday. The Jays needed the win to avoid their eighth loss in ten games.
Aledmys Diaz was the big winner of the night, with a 3-run bomb and 2-of-4 on the night to support the win. No one on the Jays roster has faced rookie Shane Bieber. Bieber has looked like a rookie, with good and bad starts in first-year in the majors. He’s failed to have a really good start in a while, though. He’s allowed at least 3 runs in his last four outings, including 4 runs allowed against the Rays and 4 against the Royals two starts ago. Bieber enters with an ERA of 5.82 in his previous three tilts. Despite being a 1st place team in the AL Central, the bullpen is 25th with an ERA of 4.74. Toronto isn’t much better in 21st with a 4.40 ERA.
Ditto for third-year pitcher, Sam Gaviglio. He enters with a 5.82 ERA in his last three outings as well. Gaviglio has been a little more erratic than Bieber, with a WHIP of 1.47 and .338 OBA. He’s been all over the place this season without much consistency. In five of his last ten starts, he’s given up at least 4 runs. In his last three starts he’s surrendered 11 runs. No one is going to care too much about baseball tonight with NFL football on the docket, but we recommended a play on the OVER in Toronto.