Toronto Blue Jays (64-51) at Cleveland Guardians (55-59)
Game Info: Wednesday, August 9th, 2023 at 7:10 p.m. EST (Progressive Field)
Betting Odds: Guardians ML (+124) - Over/Under (8)
Pick: Guardians ML (+124)
Wednesday night takes us to Ohio and Progressive Field as the Cleveland Guardians in the Toronto Blue Jays play the third game of a four-game series. The series is currently tied after both teams have picked up a victory throughout the first two games of the week. Now one of these teams will be looking to get the upper hand and clinch at least a split of the series here on Wednesday night.
No pun intended but the Toronto Blue Jays have flown under the radar this season. Thanks to the success of the Baltimore Orioles and the Tampa Bay Rays in the American League East division many people have forgotten about the fact that Toronto was one of the favorites to win the American League pennant this year. However, the Blue Jays have remained healthy and consistent throughout the year and they are a serious sleeper team to make a deep run into the playoffs. As long as they do remain healthy and consistent throughout the remainder of the regular season as well. Toronto will be looking to pick up their second victory in this series against Cleveland after they lost a close and competitive game on Tuesday night where only a single run was scored.
Kevin Gausman is expected to get the start for the Toronto Blue Jays in the third game of this four-game series. He has been their most dependable and most successful starting pitcher throughout the 2023 Major League Baseball season. He will be looking to add another quality start to his résumé here on Wednesday night in Cleveland, as Toronto looks to secure at least a split of this series. The Blue Jays come into this game with a record of 64-51 through their first 115 games of the season. They are currently in third place of the American League East division, as they find themselves seven games out of first behind Baltimore at the moment. However, Toronto currently holds onto one of the three wild card spots in the American League.
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Cleveland picked up a massive victory in the second game of the series against the Blue Jays on Tuesday night. Now they will be looking to follow it up with another solid victory here on Wednesday night as they look to regain the ground that they have lost to the Minnesota Twins in the American League Central division. Cleveland comes into this game still under .500 on the season as they have been very inconsistent and their bullpen has been vulnerable to blowing leads throughout the year. You can argue that if Cleveland had a more consistent bullpen. They would be over 20 games above 500 at the moment as that is a rough estimate of how many games the bullpen has cost this team on the year.
The Cleveland Guardians come into this game with a record of 55-59 through the first 114 games of the season. Somehow, Cleveland still sits in second place of the American League Central division, which is a great example of how underwhelming the entire division has been this season. They are 4 1/2 games out of first place and 8 1/2 games out of the third wildcard spot in the American League. So they will be looking to gain a game here in this one on Wednesday night as they look to close their way back into playoff contention coming down the final stretch of the season. Logan Allen is expected to get the start for Cleveland in this one and his young career is off to a solid start. He will be looking to pick up the sixth victory of his career here on Wednesday night against the Blue Jays.
Betting trends to consider in this matchup:
- Cleveland is 48-45 after not having a day off
- Cleveland is 10-8 as a home underdog this season
- Cleveland is 30-27 at home this season
I expect Cleveland to grab the victory here in the third game of this four-game series on Wednesday night. Cleveland has all the momentum coming into this one after their victory on Tuesday night where they held the Blue Jays lineup scoreless. I expect them to use that momentum to pick up a must win game to take their second victory of this series and clinch at least a split of this four-game series as well.
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