New York Yankees vs. Cleveland Indians MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 8/8/14
Cleveland Indians (57-58) at New York Yankees (60-54)
MLB Baseball: Friday, August 8, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Yankee Stadium)
Trevor Bauer (R) (4-6) (4.205) vs. Esmil Rogers (R) (1-0) (5.84)
The Line: New York Yankees -124 / Cleveland Indians +114 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: STOh, YES
The Yankees look to continue their postseason push as they open up a three game set against the Indians in New York.
The Cleveland Indians dominated the first game of their four game set against the Reds behind Corey Kluber, but they proceeded to lose the next three games as the Reds claimed Ohio supremacy. The Indians are far from mathematically eliminated from the wildcard race, but it certainly seems like a team that is short on both arms and bats to be seriously considered to make any noise this year. On Thursday night T.J. House allowed three early runs and the Indians failed to solve Homer Bailey, taking a 4-0 shutout loss while accumulating just five hits on the night.
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Trevor Bauer gets the ball on Friday night in hopes of lifting Cleveland back to the .500 mark. Bauer has been consistent of late, but not in the best sense of the word as his ERA is the same now as it was 10 starts ago at 4.20. The third year right hander has failed to live up to his billing thus far, possibly forcing the Indians to dwell on whether Arizona knew what they were doing in exchanging the pitcher for the now budding SS Didi Gregorious. For the season Bauer has a record of 4-6, WHIP of 1.42, and road ERA of just 5.18.
The Indians are a poor road team at 23-36 on the year.
The New York Yankees disposed of the Detroit Tigers in their latest series, utilizing their pitching staff to limit the Tigers to just six runs in the entire series while winning three of four games. On Thursday afternoon rookie Shane Greene pitched eight innings of five hit shutout ball as a Stephen Drew sac fly was enough to hand Rick Porcello his sixth loss of the season. The Yankees have been stretching a bit to fill the void left by Masahiro Tanaka, but so far the results have been promising as epitomized by Brandon McCarthy’s success.
Things could be a little trickier for the Yankees in Friday’s opener as Esmil Rogers toes the rubber for his first time this year in a starter’s role. The Dominican right hander hasn’t had much success in the majors over his six year, four team career, including this year where he owns a WHIP of 1.50 and ERA of 5.84 over 24.2 total innings of work. Since being brought up by the Yankees on August 3rd however, Rogers hasn’t allowed a run while only conceding a single hit across four innings of relief, so maybe New York sees some potential that the Blue Jays couldn’t manage to extract.
The Yankees are 28-27 at home on the season.
The line has not yet been released on this game, likely due to the fact that Esmil Rogers is an unknown quantity as a starter this year. Please check back for a free pick once the line is released.
*Update* This is a tough game to call but I will take a chance on the over despite a lack of confidence in either team's bats of late.