Guardians (55-60) vs. Blue Jays (65-51) Game Preview | 8/10 1:10 PM

August 10, 2023

Andy Billman

Series Finale Against the Toronto Blue Jays


3 Things Preview For Todays Game:

1 – Thor!

Starter Noah Syndergaard is looking for his win as a Cleveland starter and will be on the bump Thursday afternoon. 

2 – Runs Wanted 

Six runs total is it for the series for both clubs with our Guardians only scoring two so far in three games. 

3 – RISP

The Guardians are having at-bats in the series with opportunities to score, they just are not getting any hits.  The Guards are one for 15 with runners in scoring position so far against the Blue Jays. 


Guardians Notes

Noah Syndergaard is set to make his 14th overall start of the season, and this will be his third start with Cleveland following his acquisition from the Dodgers in a trade involving Amed Rosario going to the City of Angels. Syndergaard’s current stats for the year show a record of 1-4, accompanied by a 6.75 ERA, a 1.395 WHIP, 11 walks, and 41 strikeouts across 55.1 innings pitched.

In his most recent outing, Syndergaard suffered a loss against the White Sox at home last Saturday. He pitched six innings, conceding five runs on nine hits with no walks and three strikeouts. Unfortunately, the Guardians ended up losing the game with a score of 7-3. Over his last three starts, Syndergaard’s performance has been less than stellar, with an 0-1 record, a 7.53 ERA, a 1.396 WHIP, two walks, and six strikeouts across 14.1 innings of work.

In this upcoming game, Syndergaard will be making his fourth career appearance (third start) against the Blue Jays. Historically, he holds a 1-0 record against them, with a 2.08 ERA, a 1.077 WHIP, four walks, and 20 strikeouts over 13 innings pitched.

It’s worth noting that Syndergaard’s previous encounter with the White Sox marked his only career appearance at Progressive Field, where he pitched six innings and accrued stats of 0-1, a 7.50 ERA, a 1.50 WHIP, no walks, and three strikeouts.

Guardians Stats and Insights

GUARDIANS PROBABLE PITCHER – Noah Syndergaard

  • Syndergaard gets the start for the Guardians, his 15th of the season. He is 1-5 with a 6.75 ERA and 41 strikeouts over 66 2/3 innings pitched.
  • His most recent time out was on Saturday against the Chicago White Sox, when the righty went six innings, surrendering five earned runs while allowing nine hits.
  • Syndergaard will try to prolong a three-game streak of pitching five or more innings (he’s averaging 4.7 innings per appearance).
  • He has had one outing this season that he held his opponents to zero earned runs.
  • The Guardians were the underdog on the moneyline for four Syndergaard starts this season — they lost every time.
  • Syndergaard’s team is 4-10 over his 14 starts.
  • Syndergaard’s starts with a set total this season have hit the over in 10 of 14 contests.

GUARDIANS HITTING TRENDS

  • They have won 16 of the 21 games this season in which they hit two or more home runs.
  • In 21 games with five or more extra-base hits this season, it has a record of 16-5.
  • They have a record of 38-31 this season when collecting eight or more base hits in a game.
  • Cleveland has a 33-8 record this season when scoring five or more runs in a game.
  • In 26 games this season with five or more walks drawn, they’ve posted a record of 15-11

Blue Jays Notes

After spending some time in the minor leagues earlier this year in an attempt to regain his form, the Blue Jays are projected to assign Alek Manoah the role of starting pitcher for his 19th appearance of the season. His current record stands at 3-8, accompanied by a 5.72 ERA, a 1.74 WHIP, 56 walks, and 73 strikeouts across 83.1 innings of play this year. In his most recent outing, Manoah secured a victory as he took to the mound against the Red Sox on the road. During that game, he pitched for 6.2 innings, conceding three runs from six hits, while issuing two walks and tallying five strikeouts. This effort contributed to the Blue Jays’ 7-3 triumph.

Over his last three starts, Manoah holds a 1-0 record, accompanied by a 3.86 ERA, a 1.35 WHIP, nine walks, and 17 strikeouts across 16.1 innings pitched. In his sole previous encounter with the Guardians, which occurred on May 8, 2022, Manoah didn’t influence the final outcome. During that match, he pitched for five innings, giving up two runs from five hits, with one walk and three strikeouts. The Blue Jays eventually succumbed to a 4-3 defeat. Notably, this game took place at Progressive Field, which provides Manoah with some familiarity with the ballpark.

Blue Jays Stats and Insights

BLUE JAYS PROBABLE PITCHER – Alex Manoah

  • Manoah and his team have a record of 8-10-0 against the spread when he starts.
  • The right-hander gave up three earned runs in 6 2/3 innings pitched on Friday in his last outing, a matchup with the Boston Red Sox.
  • Manoah has eight starts of five or more innings this season in 18 chances. He averages 4.6 innings per outing.
  • He has two appearances this season with zero earned runs allowed out of his 18 chances this season.
  • When Manoah starts a game and his team is the favorite on the money line, they have a record of 6-5.
  • Manoah’s team has won eight of his 18 starts.
  • In games Manoah has started this season, the teams are 11-7-0 at hitting the over.

BLUE JAYS HITTING TRENDS

  • The Blue Jays are 26-12 this season in games when they hit two or more long balls.
  • Toronto has gone 18-5 in its 23 games this season with at least five extra-base hits.
  • The team has strung together at least eight hits 88 times this season, and has a 58-30 record in those games.
  • Toronto is 46-13 in games this season when it put up at least five runs.
  • The Blue Jays are 20-10 in the 30 games this season when they have drawn five or more walks.

Final Thoughts/Pick

Both of the pitchers have faced challenges in achieving success this season. Manoah’s performance was poor enough that he spent almost a month in the minors. Even after returning to the majors last month, his struggles with control have persisted. Similarly, Syndergaard’s performance was harsh during his time with the Dodgers, and he hasn’t shown significant improvement in the two starts he’s had with the Guardians. It’s difficult to feel too enthusiastic about either of the starting pitchers in this matchup.

However, considering that the Guardians have been strong at home and have effectively contained the Blue Jays in the first two games of this series, a slight advantage could be given to the Guardians. This assessment is based on the impressive performance of their rookie pitchers against Toronto in the initial two games of the series.

Our Pick: Take Guardians and the Money Line

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