Toronto Blue Jays vs Cleveland Guardians Prediction, 8/9/2023 MLB Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Toronto Blue Jays vs Cleveland Guardians
Date: Wednesday, August 9, 2023
Location: Progressive Field in Cleveland, OH
TV: Bally Sports Great Lakes
Odds/Point Spread: Toronto (-135) Cleveland (+114)
The Toronto Blue Jays (64-50) are en route to Progressive Field on Wednesday where they will go up against the Cleveland Guardians (54-59). The odds on this game have Toronto at -135 and Cleveland is at +114. The betting total is set at 8.5. The expected starting pitchers will be Kevin Gausman and Logan Allen.
As a squad, the Toronto Blue Jays are compiling 4.6 runs/g, which puts them at 16th in baseball. They have 519 runs scored while having a team OBP of .331. The Blue Jays have accrued 205 doubles as a unit and have knocked 134 baseballs out of the park. They have tallied 493 RBI's and 1,022 hits for the year, and their team batting average comes in at .261. Toronto has a slugging rate of .421 and have been called out on strikes 923 times, while taking a walk on 376 occasions.
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The Blue Jays are sitting with a team earned run average of 3.77 so far this season (1st in the league), and their staff has rung up 1,077 hitters. Blue Jays pitchers have allowed 140 long balls and 461 runs (3rd in MLB). Their pitching staff has walked 349 opposing batters and their FIP is 4.12 as a team for the season. Toronto has surrendered 937 base knocks (8.3 per 9 innings) as well as 427 earned runs. They have earned a strikeout to walk ratio of 3.09 and their pitching staff sits with a WHIP of 1.26.
The Blue Jays relievers have accumulated a save rate of 75.5% and stepped onto the hill in 131 save situations. The relief pitchers have inherited 176 base runners for the year with 21.0% of those players earned a run for their team. Blue Jays pitchers have stepped onto the hill with runners on base 122 times as well as having 130 appearances in high leverage situations. The Blue Jays have dispatched 384 relievers to the mound for the season. The relievers have earned 78 holds for the season (2nd in baseball). They have recorded 40 saves this season and have not converted 13 out of their 53 chances to save the game.
The Blue Jays have turned 69.0% of balls hit into play into outs out of 9,168 innings, which ranks them 15th in pro baseball. The Toronto Blue Jays are sitting with 3,056 putouts at this point in the season, in addition to 906 assists and 50 errors. Their fielding rate sits at .988 which is 8th in baseball, and have earned 93 double plays.
Gausman has thrown 1,484 innings and has earned 1,543 strikeouts in his MLB career. His ERA is 3.87 (638 ER's allowed) and his WHIP is 1.267. He has conceded 1,472 base hits (8.9 hits per nine innings) with 408 free passes. Gausman (84-88 career record) has a FIP of 3.61 and he has gone up against 6,232 batters in the major leagues.
The Guardians have a team slugging % of .380 and they score 4.05 runs per contest (26th in baseball). They have notched 204 doubles, while taking a walk 330 times and putting up 458 runs. Cleveland has compiled 84 home runs so far this season as well as 429 runs batted in. They have been rung up on 780 instances (30th in the league) and have tallied 962 base hits. The Cleveland Guardians have tallied a team on-base percentage of .313 and a team batting average of .250 so far this year.
The Cleveland pitching staff have surrendered 464 runs on the campaign while having a team ERA of 3.83 (429 earned runs conceded). They have relinquished 116 home runs and they relinquish 4.14 runs per 9 innings (5th in baseball). The Guardians have a WHIP of 1.272 and are the owners of a FIP of 4.16 as a squad on the year. Their K/BB ratio comes in at 8.00 (898 strikeouts against 359 bases on balls). They are sitting at 12th in baseball as a staff in total hits allowed with 925.
Sitting with 123 save situations, the Guardians have accumulated 64 holds in addition to 23 blown saves. Cleveland has had relief pitchers step onto the mound in 55 save opportunities and they have tallied 32 saves. Their relievers have stepped onto the mound 137 times in high leverage situations and also on 101 occasions with runners on base. Cleveland relief pitchers have an inherited score percentage of 22.1% of 136 inherited runners. They sit at 22nd in MLB with a save rate of 58.2%, and they have dispatched 368 relievers onto the field for the season.
In 9,084 innings on the diamond, the Guardians have accumulated a defensive efficiency of 70.4% (5th in baseball). The Cleveland Guardians have gotten 81 double plays and own a fielding percentage of .987 (10th in pro baseball). The Guardians have racked up 1,017 assists, 53 errors and are sitting with 3,028 putouts for the season.
So far in his career, Allen has allowed 118 base knocks while totaling 68 K's in 96 frames. Allen (5-10 win-loss mark in his career) has earned a 5.89 ERA and has conceded 11.0 hits per 9 innings. He has allowed a total of 63 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.661 and having a FIP of 5.6. He has a K/BB ratio of 1.62 and he has gone up against 438 opposing batters during his career.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread or moneyline?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Toronto (-135)
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