Blue Jays vs. Indians Thursday Pick
The Blue Jays and Indians will meet at 6:10 p.m. ET in Cleveland tonight and given the pitching matchup, will the game be low-scoring for bettors?
Game Snapshot & Odds
967 Toronto Blue Jays (+160) at 968 Cleveland Indians (-200); 6.5 runs
6:10 p.m. ET, Thursday, April 4, 2019
Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetNow.eu, the Indians are -200 favorites to beat the Blue Jays, who are +160 underdogs. As of this writing, 60% of the betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Indians to win outright.
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Toronto Blue Jays Fantasy Spin
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (oblique) will begin playing in rehab games with High-A Dunedin on Thursday. Vlad Jr. will probably spend about a week there before moving up the chain in the Blue Jays' minor league system. He'll eventually jump to Triple-A Buffalo and is then going to be knocking on the door for his major league debut. The top third base prospect missed a good portion of spring training after suffering an oblique strain on March 9, but he's healthy now and could be in Toronto by late April or early May.
Cleveland Indians Fantasy Spin
Hanley Ramirez clubbed his second home run of the year as the Tribe fell 8-3 Wednesday against the White Sox. Hanley was hitless with two strikeouts in three at-bats before salvaging his day with a ninth-inning homer off Pale Hose reliever Nate Jones. The veteran DH spent most of last season out of the league and hasn’t shown much in the early going outside of his two homers, struggling to a .235 average with seven strikeouts in only 17 at-bats. The former NL batting champ doesn’t carry much fantasy worth at this point, though he should continue to see regular at-bats for the short-handed Indians.
MLB Betting Trends
The Blue Jays are 5-1 in Sanchez’s last six starts but are just 7-15 in their last 22 road games.
The Indians have beaten the Blue Jays in seven of the previous nine meetings at Progressive.
Trevor Bauer struck out nine batters against the Twins in his season debut and he’ll face a strikeout-heavy Toronto lineup tonight at home. I don’t expect much from the Blue Jays’ offense and while the Indians could go off against Aaron Sanchez, the Toronto starter does do a nice job of generating ground balls, which could keep the scoring down as well. The under is 4-1 in Bauer’s last five starts versus the Blue Jays.
The Pick: Blue Jays/Indians under 6.5