MLB Odds: Jays, Indians an Unexpected Matchup in ALCS

2016 ALCS

 

Blue Jays Visit Cleveland in ALCS Opener

Few people expected to see the Toronto Blue Jays and the Cleveland Indians face off in the American League Championship Series.  The 2016 ALCS begins on Friday in Cleveland at 8:08 PM ET.

 

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The Blue Jays have won all four of their playoff games in 2016. They defeated the Baltimore Orioles in the wild card game and then swept the Texas Rangers in the Division Series. The Jays were averaging just 3.7 runs per game from September to the end of the regular season. In the playoffs their offense has come to life. Their 22 runs scored versus Texas were the fourth-most by a team in a sweep. They produced eight home runs from seven different players, which tied a divisional series record.

 

As for the Indians, they were equally impressive in their sweep of the Boston Red Sox, but for different reasons. Their pitching stood out despite the absence of injured starters Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar. They also held the most productive offense in the American League to just seven runs in three games.

 

The Jays and Indians teams met seven times in the regular season, and the Indians won four of the seven games.

 

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