Friday's projected starters have yet to be named, but Marcus Stroman (3.71 FIP) was ready to take the mound in Game 4 of the ALDS if necessary. Stroman was the starting pitcher in Toronto's 5-2 Wild Card win over the Baltimore Orioles (+142 away) on October 4, allowing both Baltimore runs in six strong innings of four-hit ball.
On the surface, the Tribe have even more pitching options than Toronto. They avoided the Wild Card, taking the AL Central crown by eight games at 94-67 (+8.92 betting units), and their Division Series with Boston featured an extra day of rest, thanks to Sunday's rain-out. However, Cleveland was prepared to stick with a three-man rotation against the Red Sox, while Toronto (89-73, –9.19 units during the regular season) is rolling with four pitchers. If the rotation stays consistent, Trevor Bauer (3.99 FIP) will get the start for Cleveland.
MLB Odds: Blue Jays Resting Well for Game 1 in Cleveland
After knocking the Texas Rangers out of the playoffs Sunday night, the Toronto Blue Jays have plenty of time to prepare for the AL Championship Series. Game 1 in Cleveland is Friday at 8 PM ET on Sportsnet.
The Jays have two key players who could heal up in time for the opener. Pitcher Francisco Liriano (concussion) and second baseman Devon Travis (knee) are both listed as day-to-day; Travis appears ready after being activated for Game 3 of the ALDS, while Liriano was declared symptom-free Monday after taking a line drive off the back of the neck in Game 2.