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New York Yankees vs. Cleveland Indians ALDS Game 3 - 10/8/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cleveland Indians (103-60) at New York Yankees (92-72)

MLB Baseball: Sunday, October 8, 2017 at 7:38 pm (Yankee Stadium)

C Carrasco (18-6) (3.28) vs. Masahiro Tanaka (13-12) (4.74)

The Line: New York Yankees -101 / Cleveland Indians -109 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: FS1

On Sunday out at Yankee Stadium in the Big Apple, the Cleveland Indians and the New York Yankees will be continuing their American League Division Series with Game 3. 

Cleveland took Game 1 with a strong pitching performance, cruising to a 4-0 win. In Game 2, the Indians made it two straight after the Yankees blew a five-run lead. That one took a whopping 13 innings to decide, with Cleveland coming out on top 9-8. 

New York Yankees vs. Cleveland Indians ALDS Game 3 - 10/8/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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For Game 3 on Sunday, the Indians will be bringing out RHP Carlos Carrasco. In his 200.0 innings and 18-6 record this year, Carrasco had a 3.28 ERA with 226 Ks and 46 BBs. 

Cleveland has some solid bats this year. Jose Ramirez came out of the season with 186 hits, 107 runs, 29 homers and 83 RBI while Francisco Lindor had a nice run as well with 178 hits, 99 runs, 33 homers and 89 RBI. In Game 2, Lindor slapped the grand slam that keyed Cleveland’s epic comeback; Ramirez plated a run. 

Over on the Yankees’ side, they’re going with RHP Masahiro Tanaka on Sunday. In his 178.1 innings and 13-12 record this year, Tanaka has a 4.74 ERA with 194 Ks and 41 BBs. 

New York has a few notable bats as well. Brett Gardner logged 157 hits, 96 runs, 21 homers and 63 RBI in the regular season, and Aaron Judge had a great year with 154 hits, 128 runs, 52 homers and 114 RBI. Gardner and Judge combined to go 0-for-8 with a run on Friday. 

The Indians are 6-0 in their last six Sunday games and 6-0 in their last six Divisional Playoff games. Cleveland is also 21-7 in their last 28 versus the AL East and 5-2 in their last seven playoff road games. 

Meanwhile, the Yankees are 14-3 in their last 17 home games and 5-2 in their last seven versus the AL Central. New York is also 17-8 in their last 25 overall and 1-7 in their last eight playoff games. 

After a “meh” performance of four earned in 6.2 innings against KC (which was still a win), Carrasco gave up just one earned over his next two starts across 14.0 innings—he’s won his last five straight decisions. As for Tanaka, he’s been sketchy lately, with two good starts and two bad ones in his last four. In the good ones, Tanaka surrendered just two earned in 14.0 innings for a 2-0 mark, and in the bad ones he gave up 14 earned over 9.2 innings for an 0-2 mark. I don’t trust Tanaka much right now—even though he is capable of shutting down a team when he’s sharp. The Indians have a better chance at beating up on Tanaka than the Yankees have at doing the same to Carrasco, though, I’ll take Cleveland here for the sweep. 

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