Major League Baseball: ALCS Game 5 CLE vs. TOR
Best of 7- CLE Leads 3-1 Starting Pitchers: CLE- Merritt LHP TOR- Estrada (0-1, 2.25 ERA) RHP
Cleveland Indians (94-67, 41-39 away) at Toronto Blue Jays (89-73, 46-35 home)
October 19, 2016- 4:00 PM ET (TV TBS) Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario
Staving off elimination but still with their backs against the playoff wall, the Toronto Blue Jays will seek to take another step forward when they square off against the Cleveland Indians once more at the Rogers Centre on Wednesday afternoon in an all-important ALCS Game 5 matchup that has the following betting lines;
Best Indians Lines: 5Dimes ML (+169) SPREAD +1.5
Best Blue Jays Lines: MyBookie ML (-190) SPREAD -1.5
Over/Under: BetOnline 8.0
With elimination staring them in the face, the Blue Jays where finally able to get the better of the pesky Indians handing them their first postseason loss as Toronto stays alive in this AL Championship Series with still a “must-win” game to be played on Wednesday.
Backed by five runs in Game 4, scoring more runs than they did in the previous three games combined, Toronto was finally able to find an answer in solving the Cleveland arms as they won 5-1 forcing a Game 5 at the Rogers Centre.
And getting the call for Toronto in Game 5 will be Game 1 starting pitcher, right-hander Marco Estrada, who took the loss in the series opener 2-0 to Cleveland pitcher Corey Kluber.
It was a strong performance by Estrada but was unable to get the run support from his power-hitting teammates as he allowed two runs in eight innings of work. Estrada in his only regular-season start against Indians allowed three runs in five innings and over his two regular-season starts versus the Tribe is 0-0 with a 3.75 ERA.
Opposing Estrada and the heavy-hitting Blue Jays will be rookie left-hander Ryan Merritt. Spending most of the season at Triple-A Columbus, Merritt will be making his postseason debut. With just four regular-season appearances, including one start with 11-innings of work under his belt, Merritt went 1-0 with a 1.64 ERA.
Tasting defeat for the first time this postseason, can the Indians shake off defeat and bounce back to end this series and advance to the World Series or has the Blue Jays turned the tide in momentum?
The sense of urgency will be great once more for both teams as the Indians don’t want to leave anything to chance versus a Toronto team that can pile on the runs at any time and for the Blue Jays, who want to extend the series one more game where anything can happen.
Taking a look at the betting lines, MyBookie is favoring TOR (-190 ML) over CLE, with an over/under of 8.0 total game runs scored from BetOnline. Staying with the norm with what we have seen all series long, I will favor the UNDER of 8.0 total game runs scored as my betting pick.