The Toronto Blue Jays and the Cleveland Indians will meet in the game three of their four Major League games from Progressive Field on Saturday afternoon.
The Toronto Blue Jays will seek a victory after losing the first two games of the set, following a 3-2 loss to the Tribe on Friday. Freddy Galvis led the Jays with a two-run homer, while Richard Urena added a double, while Brandon Drury contributed a base hit to round off Toronto's offense when the Blue Jays only managed three hits as a team in the lost effort. . Trent Thornton allowed two runs and three hits, while striking out seven in 5.2 innings of work, regardless of the decision. Joe Biagini gave up the homer to fall to 0-1 this season. Thomas Pannone will start Game Three and is 0-1 with a 1.80 ERA and 5 strikeouts this season. This will be the second opening of Pannone's race against Cleveland.
The Cleveland Indians will be looking to push for the sweep on Sunday after taking the first two games of the set on Friday. Max Moroff had an RBI and a double, and Kevin Plawecki contributed an individual homerun, while Carlos Santana had the homer in the bottom of the 9 to steal the victory of the Tribe. Hanley Ramírez also contributed a base hit of his own to round off the Cleveland offense when the Tribe threw only four hits as a team in the effort to win. Shane Bieber allowed two runs and two hits while striking out nine in six innings of work, regardless of the decision. Adam Cimber got the victory to improve to 1-0 this season. Carlos Carrasco will start game three and is 0-1 with a 12.46 ERA and 4 strikeouts this season. In his career, Carrasco is 3-1 with a 4.78 ERA and 58 strikeouts against Toronto.
Toronto have a 4-0 record in the last 4 Pannone starts and 1-4 in their last 5 games overall, while the low is 6-0 in their last 6 games against AL Central. Cleveland has 2-5 in Carrasco's last 7 starts and 4-12 in his last 16 games against a left-handed starter, while more than 5-2 in his last 7 home games. Toronto is 2-8 in the last 10 meetings between these two teams in Cleveland.
The extra money with Toronto is tempting considering that Pannone was successful in his only race against Cleveland and that Carrasco suffered his first start of the year. However, Toronto seems unable to get going and can not get enough consistent offense at the plate to give the value more money. Cleveland is moving right now and is beginning to improve. Considering what we've seen so far in the series, betting on Cleveland seems to be the only option in my opinion.