New York Yankees at Cleveland Indians - 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 / New York Yankees --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The New York Yankees and the Cleveland Indians face off in game two of the ALDS from Progressive Field on Friday.
The New York Yankees will look to bounce back and even up the series after dropping the opener by a final score of 4-0 on Thursday. Aaron Hicks logged a double while Starlin Castro went 2 for 4 as the Yanks mustered up just three hits as a team while striking out 14 times in their 30 combined at-bats. Sonny Gray took the loss after giving up three runs on three hits while walking four and striking out a pair over just 3.1 innings of work. CC Sabathia will start game two and is 14-5 with a 3.69 ERA and 120 strikeouts this season. In his career, Sabathia is 4-3 with a 3.65 ERA and 61 strikeouts against Cleveland.
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The Cleveland Indians will look to put the Yankees up against the ropes with a 2-0 lead after winning the opener on Thursday. Jay Bruce went 2 for 3 with a homer, a double and three RBIs. Jose Ramirez, Carlos Santana and Giovanny Urshela each chipped in a base hit in the winning effort for the Tribe. Trevor Bauer got the win after throwing 6.2 innings of two hit shutout baseball, striking out eight en route to the victory. Andrew Miller and Cody Allen closed things out, with each notching three K’s, with Allen notching his first save of the postseason. Corey Kluber will start game two and is 18-4 with a 2.25 ERA and 265 strikeouts this season. In his career, Kluber is 5-1 with a 1.80 ERA and 58 strikeouts against the Yankees.
New York is 7-3 in Sabathia’s last 10 road starts and 0-5 in their last 5 playoff road games while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games overall. Cleveland is 38-15 in Kluber’s last 53 starts and 43-8 in their last 51 games overall while the under is 12-3 in their last 15 playoff games. Cleveland is 5-0 in Kluber’s last 5 starts against New York.
Sabathia may have had a decent run to close out the season, but Bauer and co. stifled the Yanks in game one, and I’m not sure they’ll fare much better against one of the top, if not THE top contender for the Cy Young in the AL. Kluber has given up two earned or less in each of his last nine starts, and has done extremely well against the Yankees in his career. I think the Tribe can push the Yankees to the brink by winning on Friday, and doing so by at least a couple of runs.