Yankees vs. Indians - 8/21/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cleveland Indians (55-64) at New York Yankees (67-52)
MLB Baseball: Friday, August 21, 2015 at 7:05 pm (Yankee Stadium)
C Carrasco (11-9) (3.63) vs. Masahiro Tanaka (9-5) (3.56)
The Line: New York Yankees -148 / Cleveland Indians +138 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
The Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees play game two of their series Friday night.
The Cleveland Indians look for a win after losing five of their last eight games. The Indians have scored eight runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five 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 135 hits and 39 RBI while Michael Brantley and Carlos Santana have combined for 121 RBI. The Cleveland Indians have lost five of their last eight road games. Carlos Carrasco gets the ball, and he’s 11-9 with a 3.63 ERA and 162 strikeouts this season. Carrasco is 3-2 with a 4.26 ERA and 28 strikeouts in his career against the Yankees.
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The New York Yankees look for a win after winning six of their last eight games. The Yankees have scored 14 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last eight games. The Yankees have won six straight when scoring more than three runs. Chase Headley leads New York with 119 hits and 50 RBI while Brett Gardner and Alex Rodriguez have combined for 120 RBI. The New York Yankees have split their last eight home games. Masahiro Tanaka takes the hill, and he’s 9-5 with a 3.56 ERA and 100 strikeouts this season. This is Tanaka’s second career game against the Indians.
The Indians are 7-3 in their last 10 vs. American League East and 6-1 in Carrascos last 7 road starts. The Yankees are 7-2 in their last 9 Friday games and 25-10 in Tanakas last 35 starts. The Indians are 15-37 in the last 52 meetings in New York and 5-1 in the last 6 meetings overall.
Tanaka is starting to find his groove, as he's allowed just six runs in his last 21 innings. However, Carrasco has allowed a combined five runs in his last four starts. Given the way both pitchers are pitching, I like the under in this spot.