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Cleveland Indians vs. New York Yankees MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/8/14

New York Yankees (44-43) at Cleveland Indians (43-44)

MLB Baseball: Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Progressive Field)

Masahiro Tanaka (R) (12-3) (2.275) vs. Trevor Bauer (R) (2-4) (4.424)

The Line: Cleveland Indians +154 / New York Yankees -164 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: YES, STO

The New York Yankees and Cleveland Indians will play game two of four on Tuesday.

The Yankees have won four of their last five games and are two games above .500. The Yankees offense has exploded for five or more runs in four of their last five games and has won nine of their last 11 games when scoring at least four runs. Jacoby Ellsbury has a hit in seven of his last 10 games and Brian McCann has five extra base hits in his last 10 games. Pitching, the Yankees have an ERA of 3.98. Starting is Masahiro Tanaka, who is 12-3 with a 2.27 ERA and has 130 strikeouts in 122.2 innings. This is Tanaka’s first career start against the Indians.

Cleveland Indians vs. New York Yankees MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/8/14

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The Indians have split their last 10 games and remain two games below .500. While the Indians pitching does have an ERA of 3.99, they’ve held teams to three or less runs in seven of their last 10 games. Now the offense just needs to get going for this squad to turn the corner. Michael Brantley has nine hits in his last four games and Yan Gomes has homered in back-to-back games. Trevor Bauer takes the hill, and he’s 2-4 with a 4.42 ERA and has 54 strikeouts in 59 innings. This is Bauer’s second career game against the Yankees.

The Yankees are 7-1 in Tanakas last 8 road starts and 7-2 in Tanakas last 9 starts vs. a team with a losing record. The Indians are 3-8 in their last 11 games vs. a right-handed starter and 4-1 in their last 5 vs. a team with a winning record. The Yankees are 38-17 in the last 55 meetings.

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New York Yankees -164

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