New York Yankees (59-31) at Cleveland Indians (49-41)
|Date & Time||Thursday July 12, 2018, 7:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Cleveland Indians -121 / New York Yankees +111 --- Over/Under: 7
Headed our way Thursday from Progressive Field, the New York Yankees and the Cleveland Indians will be kicking off their MLB weekend series.
The Yankees are coming off a set against the Orioles. After losing two of the first three games, on Wednesday New York’s offense woke up on the way to a 9-0 win.
The Yankees will be sending out ace Luis Severino for the Thursday game. In his 123.1 innings and 14-2 record this year, Severino has a 2.12 ERA with 143 Ks and 31 BBs.
Tops in hitting for the Yankees is Giancarlo Stanton, who came into the O’s finale with 94 hits, 55 runs, 22 homers and 52 RBI. On Wednesday, Stanton had four hits, two RBI and a run.
As for the Indians, they just finished up against the Reds. Cleveland was beaten in the first two games, then on Wednesday flipped the script on a towering 19-4 blowout.
Cleveland is going with Corey Kluber on Thursday. Across 126.1 innings and a 12-4 record this year, Kluber has a 2.49 ERA with 123 Ks and 15 BBs.
The Indians’ leading hitter this year is Francisco Lindor, who came into Wednesday on 109 hits, 80 runs, 24 homers and 59 RBI. In the Reds finale, Lindor ripped a three-run homer.
The Yankees are 5-1 in their last six Thursday games and 10-4 in the last 14 in game one of a series. New York is 4-0 in Severino’s last four Thursday starts and 6-1 in his last seven road starts.
Meanwhile, the Indians are 43-15 in their last 58 Thursday games and 9-4 in their last 13 in game one of a series. Cleveland is 6-1 in Kluber’s last seven Thursday starts and 31-12 in his last 43 home starts.
This is the best pitching matchup these two teams have to offer, and it should be a great one to watch. Severino is coming off three earned in 5.0 innings versus Toronto and has won his last five decisions. Kluber has put up three earned in a total of 13.0 innings over his last two starts. This is probably a game to stay away from, but I’m giving a slight advantage to the Yankees based on offensive potential. (And this is likely one of the better sets of value odds you’ll get on New York all year.)