MLB Picks and Parlays: Cleveland Looks to Get Back on the Winning Path Versus New York
Cleveland and Boston were rained out in what was supposed to be their series finale on Wednesday. For that, the Cleveland Indians might want to thank their lucky stars after the way Tuesday night’s game went. They lost a heartbreaker on a walk-off three-run homer in a game they led 5-0, 7-5 and 10-9. The winning hit came with two outs in the ninth and the inning included a swing and a miss strike three wild pitch to Mitch Moreland that would have otherwise ended the game.
That is not an easy game to recover from in less than 24-hours. They’ve now lost three straight after winning nine of ten.
Of course, in a case of no rest for weary, the Indians next opponents are the New York Yankees, stocked up for a post season run and playing with the kind of swagger that vaulted them to the top of the league for the first two plus months of the season.
The Yankees however come into this game losers of two straight after winning seven of eight. They did a lot of work to beef up their pitching staff at the trade deadline, but the offense has gone cold the past couple of games. They lost 4-3 to Detroit on Tuesday and 2-0 on Wednesday. First it was Anibel Sanchez turning back the clock and pitching one of his best games of the year. Then on Wednesday Jordan Zimmerman shut out the Yankees through seven, the first time since April 2016 that he’s made it through a start without allowing a run.
The loss dropped the Yankees a game behind Boston for the division lead.
The Indians are fifth with a 3.85 ERA since the All-Star break and fourth averaging 5.27 RPG.
The Yankees are first with a 2.92 ERA since the All-Star break and seventh averaging 4.15 RPG.
Corey Kluber (8-3, 2.90 ERA) will make the start even though Trevor Bauer was scheduled to pitch Wednesday. He gave up four runs in 6.1 innings against the White Sox last week. He’s struck out at least ten batters in eight his last nine starts. He’s allowed one earned run or less in six of his last eight starts as well. But the Indians are just 3-4 in his last seven and that includes winning his last two appearances.
Sonny Gray (6-5, 3.43 ERA) will make his Yankees debut after being acquired from the A’s at the deadline. He had a 1.48 ERA in four July starts and opponents hit .187 off him. He gave up four unearned runs in six innings in a 4-1 loss to the Blue Jays last time out.
- NY Yankees is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
NY Yankees is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone UNDER in 13 of NY Yankees’s last 19 games
- Cleveland is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
Cleveland is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games
Cleveland is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Cash It In: The Indians are -150 favorites, the Yankees +140 underdogs. This should be an epic matchup with Gray looking to make a great first impression with his new team. Look for some late game heroics, which means one of these elite bullpens will falter. I’ll take Cleveland to prevail after their big letdown game in Boston. Indians 2-1.