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New York Yankees vs. Cleveland Indians - 8/17/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cleveland Indians at New York Yankees
Date & Time Saturday August 17, 2019, 1:05 PM (EDT)
Yankee Stadium
New York, New York
The Line
New York Yankees -160 / Cleveland Indians +150 O/U: 11
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The Cleveland Indians and the New York Yankees will meet up on the MLB diamond Saturday to continue their series.

Cleveland destroyed the Yanks 19-5 in the Thursday opener. In the Friday game two New York struck back 3-2.

For Saturday’s game, the Indians will be going with Zach Plesac in the start. Across his 77.0 innings and 6-3 record this year, Plesac has a 3.27 ERA with 56 Ks and 29 BBs.

Cleveland put up just four hits on Friday. Jose Ramirez had three of them with a solo homer as well.

Over on the Yankees’ side, they’re rolling out James Paxton in the start Saturday. Over his 108.1 innings and 8-6 record this season, Paxton has a 4.40 ERA with 137 Ks and 41 BBs.

New York plunked down 10 hits on Friday. Gio Urshela led the team on a 3-for-4 line and Aaron Judge had two knocks with two RBI.

The Indians are 62-30 in their last 92 in game three of a series and 6-0 in Plesac’s last six versus a team with a winning record. Cleveland is 6-0 in Plesac’s last six starts with four days’ rest and the under is 4-1-1 in their last six Saturday games.

Meanwhile, the Yankees are 20-7 in their last 27 in game three of a series and 42-18 in their last 60 Saturday games. New York is 8-3 in Paxton’s last 11 home starts and 11-5 in his last 16 on grass.

Plesac has ben relatively solid lately, and he hasn’t taken a loss since the beginning of July. That said, he has given up seven earned combined in two of his last three starts.

As for Paxton, he’s sitting on three straight quality starts but prior to that wasn’t pitching well in two straight losses. I’m going to tentatively take the Yankees here but I’m not so certain.

New York Yankees -160

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