The Cleveland Indians will look to extend their success over the Blue Jays tonight, following a split their last two meetings of this series in Toronto at the Rogers Centre. The Indians rode an easy one last night, taking the contest by a score of 6-0.
Edwin Encarnacion has made his much anticipated return to Toronto, and it got off to a rocky start with a 4-2 loss. However, Cleveland returned the favor yesterday. It was an emotional return for Encarnacion, who carved out his name as a Blue Jay in Toronto.
He had quite the career in Toronto, and he hopes to help a team who reached the World Series a season ago. Like the Blue Jays, Edwin has gotten off to a relatively slow start in 2017. He’s hitting .229 with 5 long balls. But in his defense, it’s a long season and his numbers could get a jolt out of the blue. If I had to say, I expect him to get hot as the weather gets hot, but we’ll see.
Danny Salazar and Francisco Liriano look to get on track tonight, as both have been relatively shaky thus far. Lots of time to come back strong, though. Both guys were expected to basically play the same role for their respective ballclubs.
Neither has been able to put a spotlight on themselves, with Salazar and Liriano pitching at an average level. The Tribe are entering tonight with a record of 18-14, while the Jays have fallen to 12-21.
Something has to pick up for the Blue Jays, or else there will have to be a lot of question answered in the offseason. Nevertheless, it should make for a good matchup in Toronto. Get our exclusive, free Indians vs. Blue Jays pick right below.
Cleveland Indians vs. Toronto Blue Jays Pick
Danny Salazar (2-3, 4.28 ERA) vs. Francisco Liriano (2-2, 4.44 ERA)
The Blue Jays used to have one of the most energetic, spirited, confidence bunch on their roster. In a few months, crossing waters to a new season and it’s all gone in the toilet. They don’t look motivated, and all of that energy that a lot of people liked them for is not around anymore.
While Edwin has struggled to get hot, Jose Bautista has been a mess. His batting average sits at only .169, with just 2 home runs. Yikes. For a guy looking to get paid this offseason, that’s just not going to attract big money. There are some teams thanking their lucky stars that they didn’t open up the bank on a long-term deal for his services.
Salazar and Liriano have been neck and neck this year. Salazar holds a 4.28 ERA, while Liriano has a 4.44 ERA. Francisco holds the edge in their most recent outings, as he posted an ERA of 3.86 across his last three starts, and Salazar has a 5.00 ERA in his last three outings.
In Liriano’s last start against the Indians, he was hotter than ever. He allowed 0 runs and 4 hits across 6 innings of work, along with 7 punch outs. Salazar has been worse on the road in 2017, posting an ERA of 4.64, with a WHIP of 1.78. The price is nice on the Jays at home, and I think they are worth a look on Wednesday. They have a better shot at winning this game than the odds suggest.
PICK: BLUE JAYS (+140)