MLB Picks Of The Day: AL Conference Series
This year’s ALCS matchup promises to be a good one. We have the power hitting Toronto Blue Jays squaring off against the Cleveland Indians, starting Friday October 14th at 8PM in Cleveland. The Indians took 4 of 7 games against the Jays during the regular season, which is a success they would like to repeat.
Toronto Blue Jays @ Cleveland Indians 2016 ALCS
- Game 1 (Oct. 14 - 8:00PM) - Indians Win
In game 1, the starting pitchers are Marco Estrada for the Blue Jays and Corey Kluber for the Indians. This is a very even pitching matchup. Kluber’s ERA was 3.14 this season and Estrada’s was 3.48. Estrada had a slightly lower batting AVG against at .203 compared to Kluber’s .216. Look for this to be a fairly low scoring game. Give the Indians the slight upper hand just because they’ve been able to find ways to win with Kluber on the mound and home field advantage.
- Game 2: (Oct. 15 - 4:00PM) Blue Jays Win
Game 2 is J.A. Happ VS Trevor Bauer. Happ had the best season of his career, winning 20 games and losing 4. Bauer went 12-8 this season, with a new career high in wins. He only last 4.2 innings in his only postseason appearance this season against the Red Sox. The Blue Jays have hit Bauer fairly well in his career, Bautista and Carrera are batting .333 each against him. Michael Saunders is batting .556 in 9 AB’s against Bauer, and Russel Martin is batting over .500 against him with a homerun in 6 AB’s. Look for the Jays to get to Bauer early and not looking back this game.
- Game 3: (Oct. 17 – 8:00PM) Blue Jays Win
Game 3 is the first game of the series in Toronto. Blue Jays are sending out Wonderkid Marcus Stroman (9-10) against veteran RHP Josh Tomlin (13-9) for the Indians. Marcus Stroman has proven he’s a big game pitcher. In front of the home crowd and at the centre of attention, Marcus Stroman is at his most effective. Stroman has never allowed a homerun off any of the Indians players. No Blue Jays batter has hit Tomlin particularly well. Tomlin had an ERA over 4 this year, and his batting average against was .269, which is high for someone who managed to win 13 games. Look for home field advantage to play a big part in this game and the Blue Jays to come out on top.
- Game 4: (Oct. 18 – 8:00PM) Blue Jays Win
Game 4 sees Mike Clevinger (3-3) going up against Aaron Sanchez(15-2). Aaron Sanchez’s last start for him did not go as planned. He allowed 6 runs on 3 hits, including 2 homeruns. Luckily for him, the Blue Jays had their bats going and were able to still win the game. His start before that was against the Red Sox, in which he took a no hitter into the 7th inning and ended up giving the Jays the win. Look for Aaron to be in fine form in front of the home crowd. Mike Clevinger has never made a post season appearance in the big leagues, so the pressure will be on. He may crumble, or he may take it and run. The latest he’s ever pitched into a ballgame is 5.2 innings. Look for the Jays to take this game handily.
- Game 5: (Oct.19 – 4:00PM) Blue Jays Win
It’s most likely that this game will have the same starting pitchers as game 1. Estrada VS Kluber. Jays may have more options, such as being able to send out Francisco Liriano if he is available. With this big game being at home, no matter what the series is may be at, look for the Blue Jays to come out on top.
2016 MLB AL Conference Series Betting Tips
Overall, the Toronto Blue Jays players have much more post season experience than the Cleveland Indians’ players. Experience goes a long way in the post season and the bats of especially Bautista and Encarnacion have been proving that thus far. Most of the Indians batters only have 1 other year of post season experience and that was a loss in the 2013 wild card game. Cleveland only won 6 more games this season than the Blue Jays and are in a less competitive division than the Jays. The Blue Jays have a stronger offence than the Indians and better starting pitching. Indians have a bit more of a reliable bullpen than the Jays of late, and are possibly better at running the bases. Indians will have to have a strong bullpen and play a lot of small ball against the Jays in order to win and we don’t see that happening. Bet on the Blue Jays.
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