The Cleveland Indians will host the Toronto Blue Jays in a four-game series starting on Thursday, April 4, 2019, at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio.
Toronto Blue Jays
The pitching staff has been a pleasant surprise so far and has the second lowest ERA in the league—2.05 The starters have done exceptionally well combining for an ERA of 1.16, and they are holding hitters to a .182 BA. But they have struggled to produce runs this season with just 18 in the first seven games. They are hitting just .202.
A couple of pitchers have gotten off to slow starts this season. For now, the Indians staff has an ERA of 3.98. The starters are not doing too great; their combined ERA is 4.08. Offensively, they are struggling at the plate. They currently have the lowest batting average in baseball at .160 and have produced ten runs.
- Thursday, April 4: Aaron Sanchez, RHP, 1-0, 0.00 ERA vs. Trevor Bauer, RHP, 0-0, 1.29 ERA
Sanchez is off to a great start this season with five scoreless innings in his only start. Bauer had a great start as well but has often had trouble against the Blue Jays. Expect a low scoring game and for the Blue Jays to come out on top.
- Friday, April 5: Trent Thornton, RHP, 0-0, 0.00 ERA vs. Shane Bieber, RHP, 0-0, 4.50 ERA
Thornton was great in his major league debut last week and set a Blue Jays record for most Ks in a debut performance. Bieber allowed two hits and a run in a relief appearance last week and has a career ERA of 4.55.
This will be another low scoring game, but one the Blue Jays should win.
- Saturday, April 6: TBD vs. Carlos Carrasco, RHP, 0-1, 12.46 ERA
Carrasco is a much better pitcher than his first start of the season would indicate. Expect a bounce-back game from him and for the Indians.
- Sunday, April 7: Marcus Stroman, RHP, 0-1, 1.42 ERA vs. Mike Clevinger, RHP, 0-0, 0.00 ERA
Stroman is off to a fantastic start this season and has done well against the Indians in the past (six starts– 2.91 ERA). Clevinger was lights out in his first start. Against the Blue Jays, he could do the same. The bullpens will decide this one. Toronto’s has pitched better so far. Take the Blue Jays to win.