Cleveland Indians vs. New York Yankees ALDS Game One - 10/5/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Yankees (92-71) at Cleveland Indians (102-60)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 7:38 pm (Progressive Field)
S Gray (10-12) (3.54) vs. T Bauer (17-9) (4.19)
The Line: Cleveland Indians -133 / New York Yankees +123 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The New York Yankees and the Cleveland Indians square off in game one of the American League Division Series from Progressive Field on Thursday night.
Thee New York Yankees advanced to the ALDS thanks to their 8-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins in the Wild Card game on Tuesday. Didi Gregorius led the team by going 1 for 3 with a three run home run, while Aaron Judge added a two run blast and Brett Gardner added a solo homer. Greg Bird and Aaron Hicks each chipped in an RBI, while Gary Sanchez went 2 for 4 with a double in the win. Luis Severino went just 0.1 innings in the start, giving up a pair of home runs and three earned, not factoring in the decision. David Robertson threw 3.1 innings of relief to get the W. Sonny Gray will start the opener and was 10-12 with a 3.54 ERA and 153 strikeouts with Oakland and the Yankees in the regular season. In his career, Gray is 3-3 with a 3.38 ERA an 46 strikeouts against the Yankees.
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The Cleveland Indians come into this series as the top seed in the American League with a 102-60 record and the American League Central division championship. Edwin Encarnacion belted out a team-high 38 homers and 107 RBIs while Francisco Lindor belted out 30+ fingers of his own with 33 homers and 89 RBIs. Jose Ramirez was arguably the team's most consistent batter, hitting a team-leading average of .318, with team-highs of 56 doubles, 6 triples and 91 extra base hits. Corey Kluber leads the dangerous Indians' pitching staff into the ALDS, along with Carlos Carrasco and Trevor Bauer. Bauer will start game one for the Tribe and was 17-9 with a 4.19 ERA and 196 strikeouts this season. In his career, Bauer is 3-4 with a 4.28 ERA and 36 strikeouts against the Yankees.
New York is 5-0 in their last 5 games against the AL Central and 1-5 in their last 6 playoff games while the under is 5-2 in their last 7 games overall. Cleveland is 7-2 in Bauer's last 9 starts and 42-9 in their last 51 games overall while the under is 11-3 in their last 14 playoff games. New York is 2-5 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.
The Yankees comeback in the wild card game woke them up, but the problem is that even on a day's rest, this team still has to travel and has a somewhat depleted bullpen that had to eat up a lot of innings. Cleveland was one of, if not the best in baseball down the stretch, and I think they can take advantage of the situation and draw first blood behind a strong outing from Bauer.