Cleveland Guardians vs Toronto Blue Jays Picks and Predictions June 23rd 2024

Cleveland Guardians vs Toronto Blue Jays MLB Sun, Jun 23, 13:40 pm.
Cleveland Guardians
ML: -115
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Toronto Blue Jays
ML: -105
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Guardians Bid for Series Sweep of Reeling Blue Jays

The Cleveland Guardians, leaders of the AL Central, are on the verge of sweeping the Toronto Blue Jays. After a tough series in Toronto last weekend, the Guardians have bounced back in style, securing four straight wins. They’re now eyeing their fifth consecutive victory as they wrap up this three-game series at home on Sunday. Meanwhile, the Blue Jays are in a slump, battling through a five-game losing streak and desperate for a turnaround.

Guardians’ Recent Performance

The Guardians have been on fire, winning seven of their last ten games. They’ve shown their offensive strength by scoring 13 runs in the first two games of this series against Toronto. Cleveland’s lineup has been particularly effective, ranking among the AL leaders in average runs (5.04) and on-base percentage (.319).

“It’s a pretty dangerous lineup and it’s tough to deal with,” said Cleveland catcher Austin Hedges, reflecting the team’s growing confidence.

Blue Jays’ Struggles

The Blue Jays have hit a rough patch, dropping five games in a row. Their offense has been struggling, managing only 13 runs during this losing streak. Despite the team’s difficulties, Isiah Kiner-Falefa has been a bright spot, going 10-for-23 with two home runs in his last seven games.

Recent Game Highlights

On Saturday, the Guardians clinched a 6-3 victory with home runs from Jose Ramirez, Bo Naylor, Steven Kwan, and Daniel Schneemann. Cleveland has outscored their opponents 27-7 over their four-game winning streak, showcasing their dominance.

Pitching Matchup

Triston McKenzie (Guardians)

  • Record: 3-4, 4.48 ERA
  • Recent Performance: McKenzie had a rough outing in his last start, allowing four runs in just 2 1/3 innings against Seattle.
  • Career Against Blue Jays: 3.20 ERA in three starts.
  • Key Strategy: McKenzie is focused on improving his command and consistency to help the Guardians secure the sweep.

“I just wanted to go out there and put my best foot forward, and (didn’t) give the guys my best effort,” McKenzie said. “I think like it’s something different every start. But I think everybody kind of goes through it.”

Yusei Kikuchi (Blue Jays)

  • Record: 4-6, 3.65 ERA
  • Recent Performance: Kikuchi has had mixed results, allowing five earned runs in three of his last five starts.
  • Career Against Guardians: 0-2, 2.45 ERA in five starts.
  • Key Challenge: Kikuchi needs to bounce back from a tough outing against Boston, where he allowed four solo homers in four innings.

“This is how difficult baseball is. So, reset and then go with a fresh mind (for the next start),” Kikuchi said.

Player Performances and Injuries

Jose Ramirez: Ramirez has been a key offensive force, hitting 19 home runs this season and boasting a strong track record against Kikuchi.
Steven Kwan: Kwan has been on a hot streak, reaching base in 27 consecutive games and batting .390 since returning from injury.
Isiah Kiner-Falefa: Despite the Blue Jays’ struggles, Kiner-Falefa has been a consistent performer, providing much-needed offensive spark.

Injuries

Blue Jays:

  • Mike Yastrzemski (oblique strain) and Keaton Winn (elbow inflammation) are on the injured list.
  • Daulton Varsho’s status is uncertain after he appeared to injure himself on Saturday.

Guardians:

  • Michael Siani (bruised ribs) and Nolan Arenado (left forearm discomfort) are questionable for the upcoming game.
  • Ivan Herrera has been placed on the injured list, with Nick Raposo called up from Triple-A.

Conclusion

The Guardians are in prime position to sweep the Blue Jays and extend their winning streak to five games. With solid offensive contributions and a strong pitching matchup, Cleveland looks set to continue their dominance at home. The Blue Jays, on the other hand, need a standout performance from Yusei Kikuchi and a resurgence in their offensive lineup to avoid the sweep and snap their losing streak.

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Cleveland Guardians
+1.5
-190
-115
O 8.5
-105
Toronto Blue Jays
-1.5
155
-105
U 8.5
-115
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