MLB Picks: April 18th 2014
Toronto Blue Jays vs. Cleveland Indians
Prediction: Cleveland -139 odds
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Toronto (Hutchison) @ Cleveland (Masterson)——Toronto will put Hutchison on the mound tonight and he has faced 5 Cleveland batters in his career. The results are that the Indians are 8-for-14 vs. him with a couple of stolen bases. Hutchison has alternated quality outings followed by a rough outing this season. If the trend continues, he will have a rough outing after tossing 5.1 innings of shutout ball vs. the offensively challenged Tampa Bay Rays last week. Hutchison’s struggles have come against lefties this season as they have a OBP% of .400. He has a 8/7 K/BB ratio vs. left handed hitters and this spells trouble vs. this Indians lineup.
The Indians will call on Justin Masterson who has a 4-1 career record vs. the Blue Jays with a 2.79 career ERA. Last year he made two starts vs. Toronto and went 12.2 IP allowing 3 ER on 7 hits. After a solid outing to begin the season, Masterson has had two shaky starts vs. divisional teams. I look for him to bounce back at home tonight. He will need to hold Melky Cabrera and Bautista in check, but he owns the rest of Toronto’s lineup.
Cleveland is now 4-1 in their last 5 during game 1 of a series and are 10-4 in their last 14 vs. a right handed starter as they have a hefty lineup of left handed hitters and switch hitters. Toronto is 4-10 in their last 14 vs. a team with a losing record and they are 2-5 in Hutchison’s last 7 road starts.
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