This is a Free play on the Cleveland Indians.
After losing three
of four at home to Detroit, the Indians now sit 3.5 games back of the
first place Tigers in the AL Central. They host Toronto tonight in the
opener of a three game set at Progressive Field. The Jays have dipped
below .500 again after tying a franchise record with 11 straight wins in
Toronto will hand the ball to Josh Johnson, who has been a giant
disappointment since coming over from Miami. Johnson (1-3, 4.89 ERA) has
allowed 11 runs on 15 hits over just 8 1/3 innings in his last two
starts. While his numbers on the year are pretty ugly to look at, they
are much worse on the road, where he's 0-2 with a 9.26 ERA in three
Ubaldo Jimenez will get the nod for the home team, and
he's having himself a solid season. Jimenez (6-4, 4.67 ERA) took a no
decision in his first start of the season in Toronto. He allowed a
single run on three hits over six innings in that game. He's been very
sharp in recent weeks posting a record of 2-0 with a 3.81 ERA in his
last five starts.
Jose Bautista is just 1-for-16 lifetime versus Jimenez, while Edwin Encarnacion is just 2-for-11.
Indians are in a good spot to get back on track at home tonight against
a struggling pitcher, and the price is more than reasonable.