MLB Picks and Parlays: Cleveland Heads to New York to Face Yankees
The Cleveland Indians are rounding into shape as the baseball season heads into the home stretch. They are 16-9 in August punctuated by an incredible sweep this weekend of the Royals where they outscored them 20-0. And best of all they did it without their best pitcher who’s lining up to face the New York Yankees tonight.
On Sunday Cleveland took it to Kansas City for a 12-0 victory, scoring all their runs in the first two innings. Yan Gomes led the way with a grand slam, Francisco Lindor hit his 24th of the season and Austin Jackson had three hits.
Carlos Carrasco upped his record to 13-6 throwing seven scoreless innings, allowing six hits and eight strikeouts.
Cleveland’s now won four in a row and 13 of their last 17.
The Yankees dropped their series opener to Seattle and then came on strong outscoring the Mariners 16-4 over the final two games. That included a 10-1 victory on Sunday. Seattle made five errors in the first inning and New York capitalized on it, scoring six runs and cruising from there.
Jacoby Ellsbury had the decisive hit in the inning and Starlin Castro went four-for-four in the win.
New York is now 9-4 in their last 13 games and 13-12 in August after getting off to a sluggish start.
Cleveland is averaging 5.12 RPG in August and the team ERA is 3.16.
New York is averaging 4.76 RPG in August and the team ERA is 3.62.
Corey Kluber (12-4, 2.65 ERA) is mounting a challenge for the Cy Young award with an excellent three-month run. His ERA was 1.26 ERA in June, 2.62 in July and then back down to 1.89 in August. In those 115 innings pitched, he’s struck out 167, allowed 69 hits and 19 walks. Last time out he gave up two runs in 7.2 innings in a 6-1 loss to the Red Sox. It was his first loss since July 4th and the Indians had won his previous six starts prior to that.
Luis Severino (11-5, 3.10 ERA) has been pretty stellar as well in eight of his last nine starts. If we take away the one game where he gave up ten runs (eight earned) in 4.1 innings to the Red Sox a couple of weeks ago the rest of his numbers are seven earned runs allowed in 52.2 innings for a 1.21 ERA. He allowed one run in 6.2 innings in a 10-2 win over the Tigers last time out. The Yankees have won eight of his last nine starts.
- Cleveland is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Cleveland is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Cleveland is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
- NY Yankees is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
NY Yankees is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of NY Yankees’s last 6 games
Cash It In: Both teams are -105 favorites in what should be a pitcher’s duel. Cleveland is more battle tested of late especially with Aroldis Chapman struggling of late out of the bullpen. I like their chances to escape with a tight win. Indians 2-1.