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Cleveland Indians vs. New York Yankees Game 1 - 10/5/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New York Yankees (91-71) 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 -125 / New York Yankees +123 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS1, MLBN

Over at Progressive Field on Thursday, the American League Division Series will be kicking off with Game 1 in a matchup between the New York Yankees and the Cleveland Indians. 

In the Tuesday Wild Card Game against the Twins, Yankees starter Luis Severino lasted just 1/3 inning but the bullpen came through and held Minnesota in check the rest of the game. The result was an 8-4 Yankees victory. 

Cleveland Indians vs. New York Yankees Game 1 - 10/5/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Yankees will be going with RHP Sonny Gray on Thursday. In his 162.2 innings and 10-12 record this year, Gray has a 3.54 ERA With 153 Ks and 57 BBs. 

New York has some very talented hitters this season, and they’ve already started paying off in the postseason. Brett Gardner managed two hits, a homer and three runs in the Wild Card Game, while Aaron Judge’s charmed season continued in that one with two hits, a homer, two RBI and three runs. 

Over on the Indians’ side, they finished the regular season at a cool 102-60, bagging a 17-game AL Central win over the second-place Twins. Cleveland’s most recent series was this past weekend versus the White Sox. The Indians lost on Saturday 2-1 but won Friday 10-1 and Sunday 3-1. 

For the NLDS opener, the Indians will be going with RHP Trevor Bauer. In his 176.1 innings and 17-9 record this year, Bauer posted a 4.19 ERA with 196 Ks. 

Cleveland has several capable hitters to rely on here. Jose Ramirez posted 186 hits, 107 runs, 29 homers and 83 RBI in the regular season, while Francisco Lindor was second on the team with 178 hits, 99 runs, 33 homers and 89 RBI. 

The Yankees are 5-0 in their last five versus the AL Central, and 6-0 in their last six versus a team with a winning record. New York is also 6-1 in their last seven during game one of a series and 21-8 in their last 29 overall. 

Meanwhile, the Indians are 4-0 in their last four divisional playoff games and 7-1 in their last eight games following an off day. Cleveland is also 42-9 in their last 51 overall and 21-5 in their last 26 during game one of a series. 

Bauer put up the best regular season of his professional tenure in 2017, with career-highs in wins and strikeouts. Another thing working well for the Indians here is the fact that Bauer pitches very well at home; he’s 10-4 with a 3.93 ERA at Progressive this year. As for Gray, he’s got a 3.72 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP as a Yankee. This should be a close game and a very fun one to watch, but I have to stick with Bauer and the Indians at home here.

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