Guardians vs. Blue Jays prediction and odds for Friday, Aug. 25 (Expect a pitchers duel)

Aug 13, 2023; St. Petersburg, Florida, USA;  Cleveland Guardians starting pitcher Tanner Bibee (61)
Aug 13, 2023; St. Petersburg, Florida, USA; Cleveland Guardians starting pitcher Tanner Bibee (61) / Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

The Cleveland Guardians need to start winning in a hurry to catch the Minnesota Twins atop the AL Central, and now the Toronto Blue Jays also find themselves on the outside looking in of the American League playoff picture.

The two teams will start a three-game weekend set on Friday night, and I think we're in for a pitchers duel.

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Now, let's get into the odds and my best bet for this AL showdown.

Guardians vs. Blue Jays odds, run line, and total

Guardians vs. Blue Jays prediction and pick

Tanner Bibee has been lights out for the Guardians this season, sporting an ERA of 3.01. He also just pitched 7.0 scoreless innings against the Blue Jays a couple of weeks ago on August 8th. That start by Bibee resulted in a 1-0 victory for the Guardians, and I expect an extremely similar outcome today.

This time, he'll be facing Chris Bassitt, who has sneakily been one of the Blue Jays best pitchers this season. He has a strong 3.92 ERA on the season, and is due for a strong performance.

Let's be honest, neither of these times have shined offensively lately. If you look back at how they've performed since the All-Star break, the Jays rank 14th in OPS and the Guardians are down at 27th over that time frame.

Strong pitchers going against struggling offenses always spells a low scoring affair. I'm surprised the total is set up at 8.5. Give me the UNDER.

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