13 Apr Blue Jays @ Indians series preview
By: Tyler Kelaher
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April 13: Marcus Stroman, RHP – Mike Clevinger, RHP
April 14: Jamie García, LHP – Corey Kluber, RHP
April 15: J.A. Happ, LHP – Josh Tomlin, RHP
Josh Donaldson is fresh on the 10-day DL as of Friday afternoon with shoulder fatigue. The star third baseman hasn’t played since April 11th backdating his stint to that point.
Teoscar Hernandez was called up to take his roster spot. He hit .358 with four home runs in 53 at-bats in spring training.
The Indians have the Jays’ number as of late. Dating back to their 4-1 series win over Toronto in the 2016 ALCS, Cleveland boasts a six-game winning streak against the Blue Birds at Progressive Field.
Cleveland took last year’s season series 4-2.
The Blue Jays kicked off April much smoother than last year. Yet to lose a series this year, Toronto has already surpassed their win total from last April with 17 games remaining in the month.
Toronto’s bats flourished on it’s current 12-game road trip, but go up against an Indians team that’s outscored them 23-5 in the past three match-ups.
Marcus Stroman takes the bump for the opening game with a 8.38 ERA through his first two starts of the season.
The Indians have been on fire, winning six of their last seven, including their current five-game winning streak.
They’ve combined for 14-runs in their past two victories despite sitting at the bottom of the league with a .189 team batting average.
Their pitching has been a different story, combining for eight wins and the fourth lowest ERA in the league.
Watchability Ranking: 6/10
It’s safe to say the Blue Jays are playing much better than most anticipated, making it the perfect time to break the six-game curse at Progressive field.
Toronto’s hot offence squares up against Cleveland’s stellar pitching.
Who’s coming out on top?