Cleveland Indians vs Toronto Blue Jays Prediction, 8/5/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Cleveland Indians vs Toronto Blue Jays
Date: Thursday, August 5, 2021
Location: Rogers Centre in Toronto, ON
Odds/Point Spread: Cleveland (+150) Toronto (-200)
Triston McKenzie and the Cleveland Indians (52-52, 2nd in AL Central) are headed to Rogers Centre on Thursday where they'll take on the Toronto Blue Jays (55-49, 4th in AL East). The Indians open this contest at +150 while the Blue Jays are priced at -200. The over/under has been set at 10.5. The starting pitchers will be Triston McKenzie and Ross Stripling.
The Indians have earned 153 two-baggers as a team and have hit 131 balls out of the stadium. Cleveland is slugging .399 and have been called out on strikes 892 times, while taking a walk on 286 occasions. As a unit, the Cleveland Indians are scoring 4.3 runs per game, which ranks them 19th in the league. They have amassed 429 runs batted in and 780 base knocks on the campaign, while their team batting average is at .230. They have earned 448 runs while holding a team on-base percentage of .297.
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Indians pitchers have given up 143 long balls and 480 total runs (15th in MLB). They have walked 360 hitters and their FIP sits at 4.45 as a team for the season. They have accrued a K/BB ratio of 2.63 and their pitching staff holds a collective WHIP of 1.31. The Indians hold a team ERA of 4.50 over the course of the season (20th in baseball), and they have struck out 947 hitters.
The Indians relievers have accumulated a save rate of 70.0% and has entered the game in 90 save situations. The relief pitchers have inherited 132 runners so far this season and 32.6% of those players ended up scoring. Indians relief pitchers have stepped onto the hill with opponents on base 92 times as well as having 111 appearances in high leverage situations. The Indians have sent 348 relievers to the mound on the season. The relievers have racked up 48 holds so far this season (21st in MLB). They have recorded 28 saves on the season and have missed out on 12 of their 40 save chances.
The Cleveland Indians have notched a total of 2,704 putouts this year, as well as 889 assists and 58 errors. Their fielding percentage is at .984 which has them sitting 16th in pro baseball, and have earned 724 double plays. The Indians have turned 69.7% of balls in play into outs in their 8,112 innings on the field, which ranks them 16th in baseball.
McKenzie has taken the mound for 96 innings and has accumulated 121 punch outs during his pro baseball career. His ERA is 5.12 (55 ER's allowed) and his WHIP is 1.252. He has given up 67 hits (6.2 hits per 9 innings) and has 54 free passes. McKenzie (3-5 career record) holds a FIP of 5.10 and he has gone up against 404 batters in the majors.
The Toronto Blue Jays have accounted for an on-base percentage of .328 in addition to a team batting average of .265 this season. They have been called out on strikes on 831 occasions (29th in baseball) and have a total of 934 hits. Toronto has tallied 162 long balls this year as well as 514 RBIs. The Blue Jays hold a team slugging percentage of .458 and they have an average of 5.16 runs per game (3rd in baseball). They have tallied 179 two-baggers, while getting a free base 311 times as well as putting up 537 runs.
The Blue Jays have a team WHIP of 1.246 with a FIP of 4.25 as a staff this season. They rank 9th in the league as a staff in total hits surrendered with 806. The Toronto pitching staff have given up 428 runs this year while holding a team ERA of 3.90 (390 earned runs surrendered). They have earned a strikeout to walk ratio of 3.00 (947 strikeouts against 316 walks). They have given up 138 long balls and they allow 4.28 runs per 9 innings (12th in baseball).
Toronto relief pitchers have an inherited score percentage of 24.6% of 167 inherited base runners. Their relief pitchers have stepped onto the mound 98 times in high leverage situations and also on 117 occasions with runners on base. With 76 save situations, the Blue Jays have 43 holds in addition to 12 blown saves. They are ranked 17th in the league with a save rate of 60.0%, and they have sent 353 relief pitchers to the hill for the year. Toronto has had relief pitchers enter the game in 30 save opportunities and they have tallied 18 saves.
Out of their 8,106 innings played, the Blue Jays hold a efficiency on defense of 69.9% (13th in baseball). The Toronto Blue Jays have turned 76 double plays and have earned a fielding percentage of .982 (25th in MLB). The Blue Jays have accrued 906 assists, 65 errors and have accounted for 2,702 putouts for the year.
Stripling (27-33 record in his career) has a 3.93 ERA and has conceded 8.8 hits per nine innings. He has a K/BB ratio of 3.72 and he has gone up against 2,177 opposing batters so far in his career. He has given up a total of 228 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.236 and having a FIP of 4.1. During his pro baseball career, Stripling has conceded 510 base hits while he has tallied 502 punch outs in 521 innings pitched.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Cleveland (+150)
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