The Cleveland Guardians and Toronto Blue Jays wrap up their seven-game regular-season series with a three-game set finale at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, so here’s the best Guardians vs Blue Jays betting pick for Sunday, August 14, 2022. Last Friday, Cleveland blanked Toronto 8-0 to grab its fourth victory over the Jays in 2022, while Saturday’s clash between these two American League foes has been excluded from the analysis.
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Guardians vs Blue Jays Betting Pick
This game will be played at Rogers Centre at 1:37 PM ET on Sunday, August 14, 2022.
Why Bet The Blue Jays:
✅ Kevin Gausman will toe the rubber for Toronto, and the 31-year-old righty has been terrific in his previous two outings in August. After striking out ten across eight innings of a one-hit ball in a 3-1 victory at the Tampa Bay Rays on August 2, Gausman tossed six scoreless innings in a no-decision against the Minnesota Twins this past Sunday (Toronto won 3-2). He’s now 8-8 with a strong 2.91 ERA and 1.99 FIP, and 1.23 WHIP in 21 starts (117.2 innings pitched) in 2022.
✅ Back in May, the Blue Jays beat the Guardians 8-3 at Progressive Field in Cleveland, and Kevin Gausman yielded one earned run on six hits and a walk. The current Guardians lineup is 10-for-40 with just one double and a home run versus Gausman. Cleveland has struggled at the plate of late, slashing .249/.307/.362 with nine homers and 14 doubles through their first 11 games in August (381 at-bats).
✅ Shane Bieber will get the nod for the Guardians. He threw 3.1 innings in that 8-3 loss to the Blue Jays on May 7, yielding a whopping seven runs on eight hits and three walks while failing to punch out a single batter. The current Jays lineup has 18 hits, five doubles, two dingers, and 11 RBIs in 74 at-bats against Bieber.
The Guardians extended their winning streak to six games following Friday’s thrashing of the Blue Jays. During that stretch, the Guardians have relied on their pitching staff, surrendering only eight runs. Cleveland’s offense broke out of its slump on Friday and mustered 14 hits off Jose Berrios and five relievers.
The Guardians’ bullpen continues to impress and holds a 2.61 ERA and 2.73 FIP in August. Shane Bieber will search for his fourth straight win on Sunday, and the 27-year-old right-hander has allowed just three runs on 13 hits through his previous three starts and 20 innings of work. He’s 7-6 with a solid 3.21 ERA, 2.88 FIP, and 1.09 WHIP in 21 starts (131.2 IP) this season.
Toronto Blue Jays
The Jays fell to 60-51 following Friday’s defeat to the Guardians. It was their third straight loss and fifth in six games, but the Blue Jays still held the second wild-card spot in the American League.
Toronto has scored 34 runs in its first nine games in August, tallying an uninspiring .248/.300/.395 triple-slash. The Jays’ bullpen has tossed 31.2 frames in that span and posted a 3.98 ERA.