New York Yankees vs. Cleveland Indians - 8/5/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cleveland Indians (61-45) at New York Yankees (54-53)
MLB Baseball: Friday, August 5, 2016 at 7:05 pm (Yankee Stadium)
J Tomlin (11-3) (3.43) vs. M Pineda (5-10) (5.13)
The Line: New York Yankees -120 / Cleveland Indians +110 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: YES, STOh
Over at Yankee Stadium on Friday, we’ve got game one of an intriguing MLB series between the Cleveland Indians and the New York Yankees.
The Indians are coming off a series against the Twins this week. Cleveland dropped the first three games by a combined 35-16 score, and on Thursday the Indians prevented the sweep with a 9-2 win.
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As for the Yankees, they played one of their famous Subway Series against the Mets this week. The Yankees took games one and three, and on Thursday evening the Mets finished things off with a 4-1 victory.
Taking the hill for the Indians on Friday will be right-hander Josh Tomlin. In his 19 starts and 11-3 record this year, Tomlin has put up a 3.43 ERA with a 1.11 WHIP in 120.2 innings. In a win over the A’s his last time out, Tomlin went seven innings with six hits and two earned.
At the plate, the Indians have some nice batters this year. Francisco Lindor has put up 125 hits with 72 runs, 13 homers and 55 RBI. Jason Kipnis holds 116 hits with 63 runs, 18 homers and 59 RBI. Jose Ramirez is sitting on 105 hits with 53 runs and 54 RBI. Lindor, Kipnis and Ramirez had home runs on Thursday.
Meanwhile, the Yankees will be rolling with Michael Pineda on Friday. In 21 starts and a 5-10 record this year, Pineda owns a 5.13 ERA with a 1.35 WHIP in 119.1 innings. In a loss in Tampa Bay his last time out, Pineda put up six hits with five earned in six innings.
New York has traded away much of their firepower this year, but there are still some gems here for the future. Didi Gregorius holds 107 hits with 45 runs, 12 homers and 48 RBI. Starlin Castro has 103 hits with 39 runs, 11 homers and 42 RBI. Gregorius and Castro each popped one hit on Thursday.
The Indians are 21-5 in their last 26 Friday games, and 12-5 in their last 17 game ones of a series. Cleveland is also 23-5 in Tomlin’s last 28 starts and 5-0 in Tomlin’s last five Friday starts.
As for the Yankees, they’re 4-1 in their last five game ones of a series, and 1-4 in their last five Friday games. New York is also 8-3 in Pineda’s last 11 starts on grass, and 2-5 in Pineda’s last seven Friday starts.
With the Yankees in “phone it in” mode, I think Tomlin and the Indians can take this one. Give me Cleveland.