Cleveland Indians vs. New York Yankees Game 2 - 10/6/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Yankees (92-71) at Cleveland Indians (102-60)
MLB Baseball: Friday, October 6, 2017 at 5:08 pm (Progressive Field)
C Sabathia (14-5) (3.69) vs. C Kluber (18-4) (2.25)
The Line: Cleveland Indians TBA / New York Yankees TBA --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Over at Progressive Field on Friday, the American League Division Series will be continuing with Game 2 between the New York Yankees and the Cleveland Indians.
In Thursday’s Game 1, the Indians took a victory behind a strong effort from starter Trevor Bauer, cruising to a 4-0 shutout win.
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For the Friday Game 2, the Yankees will be bringing out LHP CC Sabathia. In his 148.2 innings and 14-5 record this year, Sabathia has put up a 3.69 ERA with 120 Ks and 50 BBs.
The Yankees have some big bats that helped them make the playoffs this year. Brett Gardner finished the season with 157 hits, 96 runs, 21 homers and 63 RBI, while Aaron Judge managed 154 hits, 128 runs, 52 homers and 114 RBI. Judge and Gardner combined to go 0-for-7 in Game 1.
Over on the Indians’ side, they’re going with RHP Corey Kluber on Friday. In his 203.2 innings this year, Kluber put up an 18-4 record with a 2.25 ERA, 265 Ks and 36 BBs.
The Indians have some key bats as well. Jose Ramirez posted 186 hits, 107 runs, 29 homers and 83 RBI in the regular season, while Francisco Lindor had 178 hits, 99 runs, 33 homers and 89 RBI. In Game 1, Ramirez had a hit and a run; Lindor went 0-for-2.
The Yankees are 5-0 in their last five during game two of a series and 2-5 in their last seven Friday games. New York is also 4-1 in Sabathia’s last five starts with five days’ rest and 6-2 in Sabathia’s last eight Friday starts.
Meanwhile, the Indians are 16-5 in their last 21 during game two of a series and 46-16 in their last 62 Friday games. Cleveland is also 5-1 in Kluber’s last six starts versus the AL East and 23-8 in Kluber’s last 31 home starts.
Sabathia has pitched pretty well over the past few weeks. In his most recent four outings, he’s given up a total of six earned in 22.0 innings overall, a span that includes a pair of quality starts. As for Kluber, he’s been on a stellar run; over his last nine games he hasn’t allowed more than two earned in a single start, and he’s given up just one earned over his last four (28.0 innings). That’s pretty impressive, and though I think the Yankees will be competitive here, Kluber’s run cements my pick for the Indians to take Game 2.