The Cleveland Indians had the bases loaded with no outs early on against Bartolo Colon, but they didn’t need it, the Indians squandered that chance and didn’t score a run. However, they forgot about it and went on to score 8 in an 8-1 win. The train keeps plowing on for the Indians, who keep on winning and pulling away from the rest of the pack in the American League Central.
This win was particularly important, putting an extra added gap between the Indians and Twins. There is still time to catch them, but it’s looking like the Indians should be able to cruise to another AL Central Championship. Everything is really coming together at the right time for them. Danny Salazar was spectacular yet again since coming back from injury, and is going to be a load to handle in the postseason if he stays hot and healthy.
The Rays and Blue Jays are trying to keep up in the American League wildcard race. Tampa got a much needed win last night over the Jays, getting by them by a score of 6-4 for their first win in five attempts. It was just their third win in their last ten games. Despite hitting a bit of a dry spell, the Rays are still only 1.5 games back of the final wildcard.
It almost feels like no one really wants the final spot in the postseason. Teams keep leaving the door wide open for others, but no one is truly seizing the opportunity at the moment. It leaves team who are under .500 a shot at it. The Jays are 57-62 but 3.5 games back. Problem being, there are five teams in front of them they’ll have to hop. Tough chore, but not impossible.
Rumors have been flying around Estrada, and the talks may have gotten to him. The Jays will look to bounce back behind Stroman on Wednesday, while the Rays will look to Jacob Faria to secure their second win in a row. Get our free MLB betting pick between the Rays and Blue Jays below.
Tampa Bay Rays vs. Toronto Blue Jays Pick
Jacob Faria (5-3, 3.19 ERA) vs. Marcus Stroman (10-6, 3.00 ERA)
Stroman has been doing his best to keep up and play the role of ace on the Jays’ pitching staff. He has been at the top of his game for the majority of the year. Stroman will enter Wednesday with an ERA of 3.00 and a 1.29 WHIP. He’s cashed in at home with a 2.61 ERA. Stroman hasn’t allowed much at home lately. In his last four starts at the Rogers Centre he’s allowed only 4 runs. He owns a 2.49 ERA in his last three starts overall. Other than taking advantage of Estrada last night, the Tampa offense has been dormant.
Last night was the first time since August 3rd that they scored at least 5 runs, an average of just 1.2 runs in ten games. Stroman should be able to find a rhythm and knock them down a peg from last night. Faria returns to Toronto where he pitched brilliantly on June 13th, as he allowed 1 run across 6.1 innings.
Since then, Faria has been pitching well as a rookie. His last outing was one of his only trouble spots, where he gave up 5 runs for the first time in his career in the majors. Faria holds a 3.03 ERA and 1.21 WHIP on the road in 2017. The Rays and Jays both saw five games in a row go UNDER before last night. The UNDER is 21-7-2 and 8-2 in their last ten in the Rays past 30 games thanks to their abysmal offensive output. I expect more of the same at the Rogers Centre tonight.
PICK: UNDER 8.5 (-110)