Blue Jays vs. Indians Thursday Pick

Toronto Blue Jays vs. Cleveland Indians, 5/3/2018 Prediction & Odds

The Cleveland Indians and Toronto Blue Jays will play a doubleheader on Thursday. Will the Indians take Game 1 against the Blue Jays when the two face off at 1:10 p.m. ET?

Game Snapshot & Odds

969 Toronto Blue Jays (+180) at Cleveland Indians (-192); 8.5 runs

Thursday, May 3, 2018

1:10 p.m. ET, Progressive Field

TV: TOR (SNET); CLE (STO)

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Public Betting Trends

Oddsmakers from online sportsbooks currently list the Indians as a -192 favorite. As of this writing, 61% of the betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Indians to beat the Blue Jays on the money line. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on this game.

Blue Jays' Garcia gives up five runs in loss to Rangers

Jaime Garcia allowed five runs over five innings in a loss to the Rangers on Saturday. It started off well, with Garcia fanning the first four batters he saw, but that success was short-lived. The Rangers ended up hanging three on the southpaw in the second inning and plated two more in the fourth, using five hits -- including a pair of homers -- and four walks to chase Garcia. He's gotten progressively less effective with each passing outing, now owning a 5.40 ERA and 1.46 WHIP through five starts this year.

Indians' Carrasco allows five runs in just three innings

Carlos Carrasco got smacked around for five runs -- four earned -- in just three innings and was charged with a loss to the Mariners on Saturday. Things got ugly fast as Jean Segura and Nelson Cruz both took Carrasco deep in the first inning. This was his first loss of the season following four wins. Even after today's bad outing he still has a nice 3.08 ERA and 0.95 WHIP through six starts. He has a 32:7 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 38 innings. He will hope for better luck against the Blue Jays on Thursday.

MLB Betting Trends

Toronto

The Blue Jays are 4-9 in their last 13 games versus the Indians and are 1-6 in their last seven meetings in Cleveland.

Cleveland

The Indians are 4-0 in Carrasco's last four starts versus the Blue Jays.

Prediction:

The Indians are 9-1 in Carrasco's last 10 starts coming off four days of rest, are 16-5 in his last 21 home starts, and are 44-20 in his last 64 outings. The Tribe is also 21-6 in Carrasco's last 27 starts during Game 1 of a series, is 10-4 in his last 14 starts after scoring five runs or more in their previous game, and are 6-0 in his last six games on Thursday.

 

The Pick: Cleveland Indians -1.5

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