The Yankees let a 3 run lead evaporate yesterday against the Athletics, as they ultimately fell by a score of 5-4. That is about all you can ask from Kendall Graveman. CC Sabathia was looking good until he allowed 2 in the 6th inning and then another 2 in the 7th. Why CC came out to pitch the 7th inning is anyone’s guess. He showed signs of wear in the 6th innings as he allowed those runs, and he also got out of a jam that limited further damage. Sabathia then came out in the 7th to end up blowing the game. Girardi should have known not to push him that far. This isn’t the same CC of old. In any case, that decision I believe cost the Yankees the game. Sure the bullpen could have come out and do the same thing, we don’t know that, but statistically I think it was an unwise decision leaving their starting pitcher in that game. All you can do is move on to the next one and look for a winner.
Tonight we go to Seattle on the heels of a dominant performance by Corey Kluber. Kluber got off to a relatively slow start this season, but has since bounced back and put in some good stuff. Last night Kluber struck out 13 to lead the Indians to a 5-3 win over the Mariners. The Mariners are really having a disappointing season. On paper they have some good pieces there, including Nelson Cruz and Robinson Cano, but all they’ve had to show for it is a 23-24 record. There is time to get on a roll, which they may do, but this offense is truly the Nelson Cruz show. The Mariners’ offense consists of hoping he goes deep. That formula has worked for them in many games, but this was supposed to be a bruising lineup that opposing pitchers feared. A 1-2 punch with Cano and Cruz would be devastating, but Cano has failed to come around yet. Taijuan Walker gets the start for the Mariners tonight, who has been a little bit on the rocks in 2015. The Indians counter with Trevor Bauer.
Cleveland Indians vs. Seattle Mariners
Trevor Bauer (4-1, 3.02 ERA) vs. Taijuan Walker (1-5, 7.33 ERA)
Trevor Bauer started the season off well, hit a rough patch, and now he’s back to delivering. I had major faith in Bauer heading into this season, and for the most part, has been a good pitcher. I hit a couple of winning picks with him already this season, so we’ll see if I back him again for tonight. Like I just said he’s been delivering lately, which shows up in his numbers. In his last three starts he had a posted ERA of 1.21 with a 0.85 WHIP. Each of those three games Bauer gave up 1 run. In total he surrendered 13 hits in total over that span. He has also been far better pitching away from home and actually hasn’t had a bad start yet on the road. In this respect, Bauer owns an ERA of just 0.44 with a 0.89 WHIP and .231 opponent OBP.
Taijuan Walker has had his fair share of troubles, coming into tonight with a whopping 7.33 ERA. And this isn’t like it’s from one or two bad starts. Walker has nine starts to his name in 2015, so there is a sample size there of bad pitching. This is one of those games where it is hard for me to ignore the price with this pitching matchup. Additionally, the Indians have been trending upward, winners in 7-3. Take a look at putting your money on Bauer and the Indians Friday night.
PICK: INDIANS TO WIN +102