MLB Picks: Cleveland Indians vs. New York Yankees Wild Card 9/29/20
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New York Yankees (33-27) at Cleveland Indians (35-25)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Progressive Field)
Gerrit Cole (7-3) (2.84) vs. Shane Bieber (8-1) (1.63)
The Line: Cleveland Indians -102 / New York Yankees -108 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The New York Yankees and the Cleveland Indians meet Tuesday in MLB Postseason Wild Card action from Progressive Field.
This will be the Game 1 in a best-of-three American League Wild Card Round this week. The Yankees finished the regular season at 33-27, and fell 5-0 to the Marlins in the Sunday game. As for the Indians, they were 35-25 in the regular season. Cleveland won their last game on Sunday 8-6 versus Pittsburgh. Check back all season long for free MLB picks and MLB predictions at Sports Chat Place.
The Yankees limp into the playoffs after a streaky campaign, earning the No. 5 seed in the American League due solely to a Blue Jays loss in the final game. New York does boast some great potential offensive talent, led by batting champion DJ LeMahieu (.364), who also added 10 homers with 27 RBI and 41 runs during the season. First baseman Luke Voit led the league in homers with 22, and posted 52 RBI with 41 runs and a .277 BA as well. Outside of that pair, it’s been an injured and inconsistent season offensively for New York.
In the Tuesday Game 1 starting pitcher role, the Yankees are going with ace Gerrit Cole. During the regular season, Cole went 7-3 with a 2.84 ERA and 94 strikeouts in 73.0 innings. Over his postseason career, Cole is 6-4 with a 2.40 ERA and 78 Ks in 65.2 innings.
Over on the Indians’ side, they finished third in a strong American League Central, pushing to an 8-2 result over their final 10 games. Cleveland has relied on a stellar pitching staff this year, but do have some notable bats. Jose Ramirez had a nice season on a .287 batting average, 17 homers, 46 RBI and 43 runs. Cesar Hernandez also performed well, notching a .283 BA, 33 runs and 20 RBI.
In the Tuesday Game 1 starter job, Shane Bieber will take the mound for Cleveland. Bieber has had an amazing year at 8-1 with a 1.63 ERA over 12 starts and 122 Ks in 77.1 innings. Bieber’s ERA was the best in the MLB, and he’s a top-shelf Cy Young Award candidate this season.
The Yankees are 12-18 against the money line in road games this season and 9-13 against the money line in road games at night this season. New York is 9-18 against the money line after a loss and 5-10 against the money line in road games in September this season.
Meanwhile, Cleveland is 219-168 against the line in all games over the last three seasons and 42-37 against it in September games over the last three season. The Indians are 122-96 against the line after a win in the past three seasons and the over is 5-1 in the last six meetings between these teams.
Pick: I’m going Indians. This will undoubtedly be the best starting pitcher matchup of the MLB’s Tuesday slate, and it’s safe to say it’ll be a low-scoring game. Bieber has been magnificent this season, and though Cole has had a few bumps in the road here and there (some caused by the Yankees’ spotty offense) he’s been pretty darn reliable as well. Neither starter will give an inch, and this game will likely come down to opportunistic hitting and bullpen strength. I like Cleveland on some late-inning heroics as they crack the New York relievers.