Toronto Blue Jays vs Cleveland Guardians Prediction, 5/5/2022 MLB Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Toronto Blue Jays vs Cleveland Guardians
Date: Thursday, May 5, 2022
Location: Progressive Field in Cleveland, OH
TV: Bally Sports Great Lakes
Odds/Point Spread: Toronto (-155) Cleveland (+130)
Progressive Field is the site where the Cleveland Guardians (10-12) will try to beat the Toronto Blue Jays (15-10) on Thursday. The moneyline on this contest has Toronto at -155 while Cleveland is coming in at +130. The betting total is set at 8. The pitchers expected to start will be Jose Berrios and Aaron Civale.
Toronto has a slugging rate of .406 and have struck out 207 times, while being walked on 60 occasions. They have amassed 94 RBI's in addition to 203 hits so far this year, while their team batting average is sitting at .244. The Blue Jays have compiled 41 two-baggers as a unit and have smacked 31 balls out of the stadium. They have earned a total of 95 runs and hold an OBP of .302. As a unit, the Toronto Blue Jays are scoring 3.8 runs per game, which is 20th in MLB.
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Blue Jays pitchers have allowed 23 home runs in addition to 103 runs in total (23rd in the league). Their pitching staff has walked 63 players from the other team and their FIP comes in at 3.42 as a team on the campaign. Their strikeout to walk ratio sits at 3.41 and the pitching staff holds a collective WHIP of 1.21. The Blue Jays have an ERA of 3.67 for the year (17th in MLB), and the staff has rung up 215 hitters.
Blue Jays pitchers have come into the game with runners on base 23 times and also have had 42 appearances in high leverage situations. The relief pitchers have earned 19 holds for the year (6th in baseball). The Blue Jays bullpen have compiled a save rate of 70.6% and has come into the game in 37 save situations. They have earned 12 saves so far this season and have blown 5 of their 17 chances to get a save. The relief pitchers have inherited 34 runners on the year and 32.4% of those players earned a run for their team. The Blue Jays have dispatched 98 relievers to the hill for the year.
The Toronto Blue Jays are sitting with 670 putouts this year, as well as 213 assists and 13 errors. Their fielding percentage is holding at .985 which puts them in 13th in pro baseball, and they have turned 15 double plays. The Blue Jays have turned 69.3% of balls in play into outs out of 2,010 innings, ranking them 20th in pro baseball.
Berrios (62-47 career record) holds a FIP of 3.98 while he has gone up against 3,700 hitters in the majors. He has conceded 803 base hits (8.3 hits per nine innings) with 275 free passes. His ERA is 4.04 (393 earned runs allowed) and his WHIP is 1.231. Berrios has taken the hill for 875 innings and has tallied 877 strikeouts so far in his pro baseball career.
Cleveland has knocked in 20 HRs so far this year as well as 99 RBIs. They have hit 41 two-baggers, while taking a walk 66 times and scoring 101 runs. The Cleveland Guardians have earned an OBP of .314 and a batting average of .251 this season. The Guardians have a team slugging percentage of .405 and they earn 4.59 runs per game (6th in the league). They have been called out on strikes on 182 occasions (24th in the league) and have 188 hits.
The Guardians are sitting with a team WHIP of 1.172 with a FIP of 3.77 as a pitching staff this season. Their K/BB ratio is 3.05 (171 strikeouts vs 56 walks). They sit at 6th in the league as a pitching staff in total hits relinquished with 167. They have conceded 21 long balls and they relinquish 4.45 runs per 9 innings (21st in the league). The Cleveland pitching staff have given up 94 runs for the year while having an ERA of 3.88 (82 earned runs surrendered).
Sitting with 14 save situations, the Guardians have earned 7 holds and also 2 blown saves. Cleveland has called on bullpen pitchers to step onto the mound in 6 save chances and they have tallied 4 saves. Their bullpen pitchers have come in 26 times in high leverage situations in addition to 19 occasions with runners on. Cleveland relievers have an inherited score rate of 23.1% out of their 26 inherited base runners. They are currently ranked 20th in the league with a save rate of 66.7%, and they have sent 73 relief pitchers to the hill for the season.
In their 1,716 innings played, the Guardians hold a defensive efficiency of 70.9% (13th in baseball). The Cleveland Guardians have gotten 14 double plays and have a fielding percentage of .984 (18th in MLB). The Guardians have recorded 183 assists, 12 errors and have a total of 572 putouts so far this year.
Civale (19-17 mark in his career) has earned a 4.13 earned run average while conceding 8.5 hits per 9 innings. He has a K/BB ratio of 3.30 and he has faced 1,112 batters during his pro baseball career. He has given up a total of 124 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.202 and a FIP of 4.4. In his MLB career, Civale has surrendered 256 base hits while he has accumulated 228 punch outs in 270 frames.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread or moneyline?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Cleveland (+130) and under 8 runs
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