Several teams get some time off today, so we have fewer games than normal to contend with. There are just two games on the afternoon docket and another eight slated for this evening. For our featured bet, our attention has been drawn to a showdown in the Bronx between a pair of American League contenders.
The Cleveland Indians are in New York tonight for the opener of a four-game set with the AL East leading Yankees. The visitors are in a dogfight in the AL Central with the Minnesota Twins, a team they trail by just a half-game entering tonight.
New York is cruising along right now and enjoying a five-game winning streak. Cleveland has dropped its last two in a row, and checks in with a mark of 2-3 over the last five games. Both clubs have lots at stake for what should be an exciting weekend set between two of the best in the AL.
Oddsmakers have dropped a hefty run total on tonight’s tilt, so we could see some fireworks before the evening is through. Let’s take a closer look at this intriguing matchup.
Cleveland Indians vs. New York Yankees, 7:05 PM EST, MLBN
Indians vs. Yankees Pick:
The Indians opened up the week at home for a three-game series with the Boston Red Sox. After winning the opener by a score of 6-5, they dropped the final two games by a combined score of 12-7. Cleveland couldn’t get going on offense yesterday with just one run scored on four hits.
Over the weekend, the club was in Minnesota taking three of four from the division-leading Twins. The Indians enter tonight’s contest just a half-game back in the standings. They’re currently locked into a Wild Card spot, right ahead of the Tampa Bay Rays and two games in front of the Oakland Athletics.
The Yankees started off the week at home beating the tar out of a familiar foe. They swept the Baltimore Orioles over four games. For the series, New York teed off on Baltimore pitchers to the tune of 33 runs, while the Orioles would send just 21 runners across the plate.
Over the weekend, the team was in Toronto splitting four games with the Toronto Blue Jays. The Yankees have the best record in the AL and are comfortable atop the division. They hold a 10-game lead over the 2nd place Rays and are 17.5 games in front of the 3rd place Red Sox.
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Tonight’s game opens up a seven-game road swing for the Indians in which they will square off with both New York teams. The club is a solid 33-23 in away games for the year. At home, the team has also been getting the job done with a record of 39-26.
Cleveland checks in with a record of 6-4 over the last 10 games. The series loss to the Red Sox snapped a string of three straight series wins for the team. On the year, the club has a run differential of +82, which is 6th in the AL and one of the tops in all of MLB.
This series will close out an eight-game homestand for the Yankees. They’re a perfect 4-0 thus far and stand at a stout 47-18 at home on the year. On the road, the club checks in with a record of 34-23 for the season to date.
New York has been sizzling lately with a record of 8-2 over the last 10 games. The club has picked up the sweep in three of its last four series. The team’s run differential of +165 is second in the AL behind only the Houston Astros and third in MLB overall with both clubs behind the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Yankees have the overall advantage at the plate and the hotter bats of late to boot. Francisco Lindor is batting .303 to lead the way for the Indians. Carlos Santana is the team leader with 27 homers and 72 ribbies. DJ LeMahieu is tops on New York with a .337 BA and 81 RBIs. Gary Sanchez and Gleyber Torres are tied for the team lead with 26 HRs each.
Plutko has 12 appearances and 11 starts under his belt this year. He has been tagged pretty well in two of his last three outings. Last time out, he gave up four earned runs over six innings in a loss to the Twins. Green has 41 total appearances and 11 starts on the season. All 10 of his recent appearances have been for 2.1 innings or less. He held the Orioles scoreless over 1.1 innings for his last game.
These are two of the better bullpens in all of MLB, but the overall edge goes to Cleveland. Over his last 10 outings, Plutko has pitched five innings or more seven times. Green has only made it to two innings twice in his last 10 games.
These two clubs hooked up in Cleveland earlier this year. The Indians took the first two, but the Yankees bounced back to win the finale. This series will be the final two times the teams meet in the regular season.
The Yankees are rolling along right now, and the team is tough at home as well. It’s tough to go against that in the series opener. We’re rolling with New York to keep the momentum going and to pick up the win tonight.