We came a run short yesterday, after the Twins and Blue Jays played to a 7-2 final on Sunday. All we needed was 3 runs after the 4th inning but came up with 2. Not to feel too bad though, a 4-0 Saturday and a winning Friday didn’t take away from the winning weekend. In particular, it was a nice start to the college football season as there weren’t any blemishes on our record in Week 1 or Week 0.5, whatever you want to call it. The real opening weekend begins this Saturday, with a full card on hand. There are also some games on Thursday we will be paying attention to and handicapping. As football season begins, the heat is getting turned up on the diamond.
Nothing beats October baseball in the majors, but this postseason race is certainly the next best thing. Another weekend gone, and a whole lot of nothing has been decided in the American League. It could be a preview of a postseason matchup at Yankee Stadium tonight, with the Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees facing off to start the week. To add to the intrigue of this matchup, there are a couple of aces on the hump in this one. Corey Kluber gets the call for the Indians, while Luis Severino counter for the Yankees. Severino hasn’t become a household name yet, but he is well on his way if he excels in the postseason.
This is of course assuming that the Yanks don’t botch their postseason spot. Right now they assume the top wildcard, and are also just 2.5 games back of the Red Sox for the American League East crown. Behind them the wildcard race gets murky, with seven teams within 3 games of one another. It’s going to be quite the finish here. The Indians, though, appear to be in the clear with a 6.5 game lead in the American League Central. They’re coming off a 12-0 beatdown, while the Yankees blew their opponents as well, a 10-1 win over thee Mariners. Who keeps it going tonight? Find out what I think, along with our Indians vs. Yankees pick below.
Cleveland Indians vs. N.Y. Yankees Pick
Corey Kluber (12-4, 2.65 ERA) vs. Luis Severino (11-5, 3.10 ERA)
Kluber has already cemented himself as one of the best pitchers in baseball in this era. Luis Severino meanwhile is on the cusp of breaking out into a start. Only a 23-year-old, Severino has been up in the majors for the past three years. He came up from the minors late in 2015 and delivered a 2.89 ERA and record of 5-3. Severino hit a road bump last season, coming out of the year with a 3.10 ERA. He’s responded nicely in 2017 with a 3.10 ERA. Besides one outlier, Severino has been on fire. In seven of his last eight starts, he gave up 1 or no runs. However, he was hit hard for 8 runs against the Red Sox three starts ago. He’s responded well with only 1 run allowed since then. The best in the game know how to respond like that after a bad start.
One of those great starts came against the Indians, where he gave up just 1 run and 2 hits across 6.2 innings of work. Against this current team, they’ve hit him for a batting average of only .162. Not to be out done, though, the Yankees are hitting Kluber at a clip of .165. In 127 at-bats, he’s given up just 2 long balls. In his last start against the Yankees, he allowed just 1 run as well. This looks like a 4-2 or 4-3 final score for somebody. I will flip a coin on the side, but I like a pick on the UNDER with Kluber and Severino dealing in a game that should resemble a postseason game.
PICK: UNDER 7.5 (-110)