Toronto Blue Jays vs Cleveland Guardians Game 2

by | May 7, 2022 | mlb

Toronto Blue Jays vs Cleveland Guardians

Date: Saturday, May 7th, 06:10 ET

Location: Progressive Field

TV: Bally Sports Great Lakes

Money Line: Blue Jays -135 / Guardians +113 (Bovada - Have you seen their live betting platform? It’s SO user friendly and efficient. Most others suck! Check it out!)

Total Line: 7.5

STARTING PITCHING

Toronto: Ross Stripling (0-0, 3.79)
Cleveland: Triston McKenzie (1-2, 2.7)

STRAIGHT UP/ OVER/UNDER / RUN LINE RECORDS

Toronto Blue Jays: 16-11-0 SU / OU 10-17-0 / Run Line W/L 11-16-0
Cleveland Guardians: 12-13-0 SU / OU 15-10-0 / Run Line W/L 14-11-0

The Cleveland Guardians host the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday, May 7th at Progressive Field. The first pitch in this matchup is scheduled for 06:10 ET. The MLB Odds Board places Toronto as the favorite (-135), with an OU line set at 6.5.

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After suffering a 1 run loss to the Guardians (6-5), the Blue Jays will look to get back in the win column. On their way to giving up 6 runs, the Blue Jays staff allowed 11 hits. On offense, the Blue Jays 9 hits and 5 runs ended up not being enough to pull out the win. This defeat came despite being favored at -151.0. Through 18 games as the favorite, the team has found the win column at a rate of 67.0%. With the OU line set at 8.0 runs, Blue Jays and Guardians combined to go over this total. On the season, Toronto’s over-under record is 10-17-0.

Over the Blue Jay’s last 5 contests, they have a record of just 2-3. This mark has come on an average run margin of just -8. On offense, Toronto’s offense has experienced a dip in production, averaging 2.6 runs per game over their last 5 contests. So far, Toronto has won over half of their 9 series played, going 6-2-1.

The Guardians are coming off a tight 6-5 win over Blue Jays. In the game, the team’s pitching staff allowed a total of 5 hits, leading to 6 runs. In the victory, the Guardians came up with 11 hits and 5 runs. This was a good win for the Guardians, as they were underdogs at 141.0. So far, the team has gone into 8 games as the underdog, still finding the win column at a rate of 75.0%. In terms of the over-under, the Guardians and Blue Jays combined to surpass the line of 8.0 runs. For the season, the team’s OU record is (15-10-0).

In their last 5 games, the Guardians have put together a record of 4-1. During this time, the team’s run differential sits at 7. Offensively, Cleveland’s lineup has been steady 5.2 runs per game over their last 5 contests. For the season, the team comes in with a per game average of 4.68. On the season, Cleveland has won more than half of their series, going 4-3-2.

Pitching Matchup

For the Blue Jays, Ross Stripling gets the start. So far, he has yet to factor into a decision. To date, Stripling has an ERA of 3.79, while lasting an average of 3.17 innings per appearance. Heading into play, he has a batting average allowed of 0.240. Despite opposing team’s finding success getting on base against Stripling, he has managed to keep the ball in the ballpark, allowing 0 home runs per 9 innings. Up to this point, Stripling’s has a strikeout percentage of 19.0% and a per 9 average of 2.5. Leading into the game, he has shown a strong command of his pitches, averaging just 1.89 walks per contest.

For the Guardians, Triston McKenzie gets the start. So far, he has put together a record of 1-2. Heading into his matchup vs Toronto, McKenzie has a strong ERA, sitting at just 2.7. This has come while averaging 4.62 innings per appearance. On the season, opposing team’s have put together a batting average of 0.205 against McKenzie. In addition, he has yet to give up a home run. Heading into today’s action, Triston McKenzie is averaging 4.8 K’s per 9 innings. Throughout the season, his strong command has led to an average of just 2.7 walks per contest.

Toronto vs Cleveland History

So far, the Cleveland Guardians and Toronto Blue Jays have met up 1 time, with Cleveland winning the season series 1-0. Through 1 game, the series’ over-under record is 1-0, with the average run total sitting at 8.86 runs per game. In these matchups, the average scoring differential sits at 1.0 runs. Going back to last year, Toronto won the season series, 4 games to 2. In these 6 meetings, the two teams combined for an over-under record of 3-3. Last year, Cleveland and Toronto averaged 8.86 runs per game. On average, the winning team won by a margin of 3.71 runs per contest.

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Betting Trends

  • The total has gone UNDER in 14 of Toronto’s last 17 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Toronto’s last 6 games when playing on the road against Cleveland
  • Cleveland is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Cleveland’s last 7 games at home

Toronto Blue Jays at Cleveland Guardians Prediction

In game 2 of this matchup, I like Cleveland to pick up the win. To start the season, Toronto’s offense has been underwhelming. Although they came up with 5 runs in last night’s game, I expect them to struggle against Triston McKenzie. I like Cleveland on the moneyline.

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