New York Yankees (6-11) at Cleveland Indians (8-8)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 6:10 pm (Progressive Field)
Domingo German (0-2) (9.00) vs. Aaron Civale (3-0) (2.18)
The Line: Cleveland Indians -105 / New York Yankees -105 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The New York Yankees and the Cleveland Indians meet Thursday in MLB action from Progressive Field.
New York is coming off a pair of games versus the Braves. The Yankees won by two runs Tuesday, then in the Wednesday game New York lost to split the set. As for the Indians, they played the White Sox this week. Cleveland fell in the Tuesday opener, then on Wednesday we had a postponed game due to weather. Check back all season long for free MLB picks at Sports Chat Place.
New York posted a much-needed win over the Braves 3-1 on Tuesday, with starter Jameson Taillon going 5.0 innings with one earned. On Wednesday, the Yankees mustered just one run on five hits, falling in a 4-1 result. Starter Corey Kluber put up 4.2 innings with two hits, two earned, four walks and two Ks.
For the Thursday starting pitcher role, the Yankees will go with Domingo German. This season so far, German is 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA and seven strikeouts. He was just recalled from the alternate training site after a slow start, and New York will need him to bounce back.
Over on the Indians’ side, they coughed up four runs in the sixth inning of Tuesday’s game, and couldn’t catch up in an eventual 8-5 loss. Starter Zach Plesac put up 5.0 innings with seven hits, six earned and four strikeouts.
For the Thursday start, the Indians will send out Aaron Civale. Over his three appearances and 20.2 innings so far this year, Civale has 10 hits, five earned runs, three homers allowed, five walks, 16 strikeouts and a 2.18 ERA.
The Yankees are 7-0 in their last seven versus the AL Central and 2-5 in their last seven Thursday games. New York is 2-6 in their last eight road games and 1-5 in their last six versus a right-handed starter.
Meanwhile, the Indians are 4-1 in their last five home games and 64-30 in their last 94 Thursday games. Cleveland is 1-6 in their last seven in game one of a series and 0-5 in their last five versus the AL East.
PICK: I suppose I’m taking the Indians, but staying away. It’s hard to trust New York these days; they’ve got a formidable lineup on paper but haven’t found much consistency yet this year. In any case, considering Civale has notched three wins so far and looked good his last time up with just one run on five hits in six innings, I think Cleveland has a pretty solid shot here.