MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Toronto0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 131
Cleveland0 0 0 2 0 0 2 0 x 470
  W: T. Bauer (1-0)   L: A. Sanchez (1-1)   S: B. Hand (3)
3:10 PM PT4:10 PM MT5:10 PM CT6:10 PM ET18:10 ET22:10 GMT6:10 3:10 PM MST5:10 PM EST5:40 PM VEN2:10 UAE (+1)5:10 PM CT, April 4, 2019
Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio  Attendance: 10,375

Blue Jays hope to break out in series at Indians

According to STATS
According to STATS

Toronto Blue Jays at Cleveland Indians

  1. The Blue Jays won four of seven games against the Indians last season. The two teams combined to score 13.7 runs per game in this series matchup in 2018, the fourth-most combined runs per game of any series in 2018 (min. 5 games played).
  2. Toronto's starting pitching staff has posted a 1.16 ERA through seven games this season, the second-lowest of any American League team through as many games into a season in the divisional era (since 1969) - Boston's starting pitchers had a 0.86 ERA through seven games in 2018.
  3. The Indians have the lowest batting average in the majors at .160 this season. Carlos Santana and Hanley Ramirez are batting a combined .353 (12-for-34) with two home runs this season -- the rest of Cleveland's hitters are batting a combined .107 (13-for-122) with zero home runs.
  4. Since the start of the 2018 season, Trevor Bauer has posted a 2.17 ERA across 182.1 innings. The only pitchers with a lower ERA than Bauer over that time are reigning Cy Young Award winners Jacob deGrom (1.60) and Blake Snell (2.00) (min. 150 IP).
  5. Randal Grichuk hit two home runs and a double in Toronto's win over Baltimore yesterday. For his career, 52.6 percent of Grichuk's hits have gone for extra-bases, the highest percentage all-time (min. 1500 PA). For reference, Mark McGwire ranks second all-time, with 51.7 percent of his hits going for extra-bases.
  6. Aaron Sanchez went 5.0 scoreless innings in his first start of the season on March 30. Sanchez is one of four Toronto starting pitchers that has at least one scoreless outing this season: Matt Shoemaker (two), Marcus Stroman (one), Trent Thornton (one) and Sanchez (one).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 4/4/2019 thru 4/7/2019

The Toronto Blue Jays displayed signs of breaking out of their offensive malaise in their last outing while the Cleveland Indians have shown limited flashes of doing the same.

The struggling offensive clubs will look to get on track at the expense of the other on Thursday when they play the opener of a four-game series in Cleveland.

The Indians answered a four-run rally to win their home opener with another offensive dud, dropping an 8-3 decision to the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday afternoon.

The three-time reigning American League Central champions are batting a paltry .160 and have struck out 58 times. That sputtering offense has mustered a total of 13 runs this season.

Despite his team's current struggles, manager Terry Francona had no qualms about signing a two-year contract extension through the 2022 season on Wednesday.

"I have no ambition to ever work somewhere else," Francona said.

Carlos Santana and Hanley Ramirez have represented the lone bright spots on an offense that is without Francisco Lindor (calf/ankle) and Jason Kipnis (calf).

Santana has hit safely in four straight games and has driven in a run in three consecutive contests. He followed up his RBI single in the first inning on Wednesday with a single in the ninth to account for his second multi-hit performance of the season.

"Right now, I feel comfortable," the 32-year-old said. "My body feels comfortable. Mentally, I feel strong. I know it's the start of the season. It's a long season. I have to keep it up."

Ramirez belted a two-run homer in the ninth inning on Wednesday. He has gone deep on two occasions this season while the rest of the team has been kept in the park.

The 35-year-old Ramirez is just 2-for-18 with eight strikeouts in his career versus Thursday starter Aaron Sanchez (1-0, 0.00 ERA), who scattered three hits and struck out six over five strong innings in Saturday's 3-0 victory versus Detroit. The 26-year-old right-hander owns a 1-0 mark with a 5.06 ERA in three career encounters with Cleveland.

Randal Grichuk celebrated his new five-year, $52 million contract by belting a pair of solo homers in Toronto's 5-3 win over visiting Baltimore on Wednesday.

The 27-year-old Grichuk has answered an 0-for-12 start to the season by going 5-for-9 with three homers in his last three games.

"Players go through slumps and everyone's going through it at the same time early on," Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said. "It's just not a good feeling for the whole team, but they're going to come out of it. I know that's the right thing to say, but it really is.

"They're better hitters than what they're hitting right now. When that's going to happen, I don't know, but it's coming. Nobody's going to hit .100 -- we're better than that. We know that."

Grichuk will get his first look at Cleveland starter Trevor Bauer (0-0, 1.29 ERA), who yielded one run and one hit while striking out nine over seven innings in a 2-1 victory at Minnesota on Saturday.

The 28-year-old right-hander owns a 2-2 mark with a 6.07 ERA and 1.62 WHIP in six career appearances (five starts) against Toronto.

--Field Level Media

Updated April 3, 2019

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