Blue Jays -1.5 (+120)
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- The Cleveland Guardians have lost their last six games in which Noah Syndergaard has started for the team.
- Alex Manoah has given up three or fewer runs in four of his previous five appearances, and the Blue Jays have won four of their last five with Manoah on the mound.
- The Guardians have struggled against good competition this season, going 26-33 against teams above .500 on the year. They have also lost six of their last seven games against teams with a winning record.
The Toronto Blue Jays will face off against the Cleveland Guardians on Thursday afternoon. This will be the fourth and final game of the series, with Toronto winning two of the first three matchups. Noah Syndergaard (1-5) will take the mound for the Guardians, and Alex Manoah (3-8) gets the starting nod for the Blue Jays. Now, let’s take a closer look at this Blue Jays vs Guardians matchup and make our best MLB betting picks for this American League showdown.
Blue Jays vs Guardians Betting Pick
Blue Jays vs Guardians: Blue Jays -1.5 (+120)
Why Bet on the Blue Jays To Cover:
✅ The Cleveland Guardians are 0-6 in Noah Syndergaard’s previous six starts for the team, losing by an average margin of 3.33 runs per game.
✅ Meanwhile, the Toronto Blue Jays have won four of their last five games in which Alex Manoah has been their starting pitcher. In addition, Manoah is giving up just 4.20 hits per game with a 4.26 ERA since July 7.
✅ Cleveland is just 26-33 on the season against teams with a winning record, and they have lost six of their last seven such games.
This game will be played at Progressive Field at 1:10 PM ET on August 10, 2023.
Toronto Blue Jays
The Toronto Blue Jays enter their matchup against the Guardians with a 65-51 record on the season. The Blue Jays currently sit in third place in the AL East behind the Baltimore Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays. They do, however, hold a 3.0 game lead over the Seattle Mariners for the American League’s third and final Wild Card spot, as they hope to reach the MLB playoffs for the third time over the last four seasons.
Toronto’s offense has been great so far this season, and the team ranks in the top five in the league when it comes to batting average, hits, and on-base percentage. Their pitching has been equally impressive, as the Blue Jays currently lead the MLB in ERA and are top five in quality starts, strikeouts, and shutouts. With less than two months remaining in the regular season, Toronto will look to secure their spot in the postseason and potentially make a run for the top spot in their division.
Meanwhile, the Cleveland Guardians are 55-60 on the year. The Guardians trail the Minnesota Twins by 4.5 games for first place in the AL Central, and they are 9.5 games behind the Toronto Blue Jays in the American League Wild Care race. Despite their recent struggles (losing nine of their last 12 games), Cleveland has a legitimate shot to reach the MLB playoffs for the sixth time in the last years.
The Guardians are led by 5x All Star third baseman José Ramirez, who leads the team with a .355 on-base percentage and 123 hits on the season. Cleveland has already greatly benefitted from the play of first baseman Josh Naylor, who leads the team with a .306 batting average and .500 slugging percentage. Now, the Guardians will look to finish the regular season strong and make a push for the 2023 AL Central division title.