The blazing hot Cleveland Indians bring their twelve-game winning streak up north to Toronto to face the Blue Jays. The Tribe have another glorious chance of adding to the winning streak, as they get their ace Carlos Carrasco on the hump to try for another win. Last night the pitching was looking ace like, from the starting pitching and bullpen, with the Indians defeating the Atlanta Braves by a score of 3-0. It’s been sunny in Cleveland for the last month and the sun has been glaring bright on Cleveland sports teams.
This spurt by the Indians has been overshadowed due to the Cavaliers’ NBA Championship. But make no mistake, the focus in Cleveland might switch rather soon. No one saw this coming from the Indians, not even their own team. They’ll say they believed in themselves when nobody else did, but come on, the Indians didn’t believe they’d be playing baseball this well.
The Blue Jays are fresh off a win of their own, defeating the Milwaukee Brewers last night in Milwaukee, 5-3. The Blue Jays don’t look as dangerous as they did last season, but you can’t sleep on this team. Just when you do, they turn it up and the offense looks unstoppable. The Royals stopped them from going to the World Series in the ALCS last season, with a little help from some erroneous calls by the umps.
The Jays are now looking at clawing their way back to the ALCS but without David Price this time around. In the Blue Jays’ defence, the Jays were still doing alright before Price joined the team. Even with Price, the fact of the matter is the Jays make their bread thanks to the offense. R.A. Dickey and others would have still needed to do their role for the Blue Jays to taste success, even if Price was still in Toronto. We’ll see how this high-powered offense performs against one of the more underrated pitchers in baseball, Carlos Carrasco.
Cleveland Indians vs. Toronto Blue Jays
Carlos Carrasco (3-2, 2.73 ERA) vs. R.A. Dickey (5-8, 4.23 ERA)
Carrasco is the best pitcher in baseball that you haven’t heard of. A lot of baseball fans aren’t very familiar with how well the Indians are playing right now either. The Tribe enter Thursday with a record of 46-30, tops in the AL Central, besting the Royals and Tigers in the division. There is more work to do, so there isn’t a time to relax as we all know the Royals will make their run. We’re not at the halfway point yet, there is still plenty of time for the wheels to fall off. Carrasco should keep it up though, as he looks to improve on his 3-2 record and 2.73 ERA. He missed all of May, but has come back strong as ever in June. Notably on the road, where he owns a 1.95 ERA and 0.87 WHIP.
Carrasco has been strong in his last three starts as well, posting a 1.61 ERA and 1.12 WHIP. Compared to Dickey who has pitched for an ERA of 4.58 and 1.30 WHIP. At this point, I think that is basically what you’re going to get from Dickey. He isn’t going to consistently pour out quality starts, albeit, he will have moments. The Indians are going to lose eventually, which I believe comes against the Blue Jays. But not tonight, anyway. I spot some value with Carrasco, which I hope to ride en route to the Indians thirteenth win in a row.
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