This is what, the third Yankees’ game I’ve handicapped in a row? The previous two were failures, as the Yankees’ lineup failed to facilitate any kind of offense. How do you only score 2 runs against Anibal Sanchez and Jordan Zimmermann? Not each, but in total. The Yanks were blanked yesterday by Zimmermann, and then after a 3+ hour rain delay, the bullpen took care of the rest.
It looked like they were about to breakout in the 6th inning, but couldn’t plate a run after having runners on 3rd and 2nd with no outs. Things really aren’t going your way if you can’t scratch a run across under those circumstances.
Matt Holliday has turned into an automatic lately, as he’s been getting lit up since the All-Star Break. It’s either a strikeout or double play, and then if we take a look at Jacoby Ellsbury, he’s been coming up short in big spots time after time. If there’s a runner in scoring position and Ellsbury is up to bat, you can forget about getting the runner home. Teams, even the best, go through funks all of the time. So, the Yankees are hoping they’re getting it out of the way now, rather than this being a trend for the next two months.
The most frustrating part of the day for the Yankees is the fact that they got a strong start out of Tanaka, but it all went to waste. Now, the Yanks must travel to Cleveland where they have Corey Kluber waiting for them. It may be best for the Yankees to get away from Yankee Stadium, a change of scenery to get the team going. Losing two of three against the Tigers at home isn’t a good look.
Newly acquired Yankee, Sonny Gray, will get his first start since getting traded to New York from the Oakland Athletics. Gray can help the Yankees, but if the offense doesn’t want to do anything, his efforts will go up in flames, too. Nevertheless, I do believe that the Yankees’ offense will get it going, though. Will it start against Kluber? We’ll see at Progressive on Thursday night.
N.Y. Yankees vs. Cleveland Indians Pick
Sonny Gray (6-5, 3.43 ERA) vs. Corey Kluber (8-3, 2.90 ERA)
Gray hasn’t been in a pressure spot in a while, but suddenly, he will be leaned upon to deliver the goods. With the Yankees a game back of the Red Sox, and clinging on to a wildcard, there isn’t much room for Gray to regress. He posted a 3.43 ERA with the Athletics in 2017, a much needed improvement on the 5.69 ERA from the season prior. He has quite the matchup on his hands as he faces Kluber in his first start as a Yankee.
Kluber has been sharp as a tack against the current Yankee hitters. In 98 at-bats he’s allowed just 18 hits for a .184 batting average. Further, Brett Gardner is the only guy to take him deep. Overall Kluber has been up to par as well, with a 2.90 ERA on the season. He’s coming off a rather shoddy performance against the White Sox on the road, giving up 4 runs in a 5-4 decision. However, the last time he’s allowed more than 1 run at home came on June 14th, six starts ago. I suspect that Gray comes in a little too anxious here in his first start as a Yankee. Kluber at -130 isn’t a price you’re going to see too often. He should make it three games in a row that the Yankees’ bats stay dormant. The Indians are the pick.
PICK: INDIANS (-130)