It is very difficult to be a prophet in baseball odds. A team that has been written off by everyone can turn around and have a week where they prove that they are not quite as dead as everyone believed. That is what happened to the Cleveland Indians last week, but if they are to continue their resurrection, they are going to have to find a way to win on the road against the red hot Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night.
Cleveland Indians at Toronto Blue Jays MLB Betting Odds & TV Info
Date/Time: Tuesday, September 1st, 7:07 PM
Venue: Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario
Opening line: Toronto -180
— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) August 30, 2015
The Indians (63-66) are still 5 games off the pace in the Wild Card, but they kept their slim playoff hopes alive with a near perfect week. They started out by losing a make-up game against the Cubs, but then swept the Brewers and Angels to end the week on an impressive 5-game win streak. The win against the Angels was huge as that is one of the teams they are going to have to get past if they are to get into the playoffs. The Indians will have been delighted at their offensive output last week, as they managed to score 37 runs during their 5-game win streak. They are going to need all of that power and more to get past a Toronto Blue Jays team that scores runs for fun. Cody Anderson (2-3, 4.30 ERA) will need to be better than he has been of late of he does not want to fall prey to the power of the Blue Jays bats.
If the reports we are hearing are true, then the Blue Jays (74-56) may have already scored a small victory over the Indians before this series begins. Word has it that Cleveland president Mark Shapiro will be taking that same position in Toronto once Paul Beeston retires. It’s happy times in Toronto right now, as the Blue Jays continue to be the hottest team in baseball. They put together another great week, going 5-1 by taking 2 of 3 from Texas before sweeping the Detroit Tigers. Everyone is playing their part in the Blue Jays clubhouse, but special consideration has to go to Edwin Encarnacion, who has taken his hit streak to 25 games. Marco Estrada (11-8, 3.19 ERA) will be in the mound for the Blue Jays on Tuesday night.
Key Betting Trends
- Cleveland is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cleveland’s last 5 games
- Toronto is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games
- Toronto is 12-2 SU in its last 14 games at home
The Jays have turned the Rogers Center into something of a fortress, going 43-23 in their home park this season. They are proving almost impossible to beat right now, and I think they will keep that run going with a win here.