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Yankees vs. Indians - 8/20/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cleveland Indians (55-62) at New York Yankees (67-52)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, August 20, 2015 at 7:05 pm (Yankee Stadium)

J Tomlin (0-1) (2.84) vs. I Nova (5-4) (3.57)

The Line: New York Yankees -155 / Cleveland Indians +145 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

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The Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees begin their series Thursday night.

The Cleveland Indians need a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Indians have scored 13 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last 10 games. The Indians have won five of their last seven when scoring more than three runs. Jason Kipnis leads Cleveland with 132 hits and 39 RBI while Michael Brantley and Carlos Santana have combined for 120 RBI. The Cleveland Indians have lost five of their last seven road games. Josh Tomlin gets the ball, and he’s 0-1 with a 2.84 ERA and five strikeouts this season. Tomlin is 2-2 with a 5.64 ERA and 18 strikeouts in his career against the Yankees.

Yankees vs. Indians - 8/20/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The New York Yankees look to keep rolling after winning six of their last seven games. The Yankees have scored 20 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Yankees have won six straight when scoring more than three runs. Brett Gardner leads New York with 119 hits and 52 RBI while Chase Headley and Alex Rodriguez have combined for 117 RBI. The New York Yankees have split their last eight home games. Ivan Nova takes the hill, and he’s 5-4 with a 3.57 ERA and 34 strikeouts this season. This will be Nova’s second career game against the Indians.

The Indians are 7-2 in their last 9 vs. American League East and 1-10 in Tomlins last 11 starts. The Yankees are 4-0 in their last 4 vs. American League Central and 4-1 in Novas last 5 starts. The Indians are 14-37 in the last 51 meetings in New York and 4-1 in the last 5 meetings overall.

Nova has been solid pretty much ever since he returned from injury. The Indians have been hard to back almost all second half and I don't trust someone with just one game under his belt this year. Give me the home team. 

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New York Yankees -155

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