MLB Picks Today: Yankees at Indians ALDS Game 2
Yankees at Indians ALDS Game 2
The second of four games on Friday, this matchup is sure to impress. We went 2-0 in Game 1s with the Astros and Indians. The Yankees were shutout 4-0 on Thursday night behind Trevor Bauer's impressive 6.2 scoreless innings. Terry Francona's gamble paid off, as we expected, and now he has his ace going at home against the same Yankees squad who only managed 3 hits in Game 1. With Cleveland only getting 5 hits of their own though, maybe this matchup might be closer than we expect... well maybe not. They are heavy favorites here, but is it worth taking them at near -250?
Ready for a shock? This game will be a lot closer than we think. We don't think Kluber will be immaculate, and we think CC will perform just a bit better than we expect.
The lefty is 9-0 with a 1.71 ERA in 10 starts after a loss this season. Whether this is good enough for a Yankee win is debatable, but look for a close game. Only 5 by the Indians, with a Jay Bruce homer to bring in the runs isn't all that convincing yet. Cleveland might sneak in a win here, but Joe Girardi's crew have value here. We'll add the insurance run just for good measure, and at near even money, you almost have to bite in this spot
Take the New York Yankees +1.5 (-105) at Sports Interaction.
Game 2 Breakdown
The New York Yankees will need to have a better performance all around if they have a chance in this series. That includes in their home games, and that includes even when Luis Severino gets his next start. Gary Sanchez hasn't be very effective behind the plate, and it's been a problem for the whole season. Slugger Aaron Judge has been a beast throughout the regular season, but went 0 for 4, striking out each time. The whole team had an anemic offense, striking out 14 times total, and making Bauer look like Cy Young himself.
CC Sabathia (14-5, 3.69 ERA) is having his best season in years, obtaining his best record since 2013 and best ERA since 2012. He won his last three starts, and is definitely not new to the playoff atmosphere. In 19 postseason appearances, 18 of which were starts, the lefty is 9-5 with a 4.53 ERA. His last playoff appearance was in the 2012 ALCS against, you guessed it, his former team, the Cleveland Indians. In 11 starts against them, he does have a slight winning record though, at 4-3 with a 3.65 ERA. The 37 year old has had trouble with Francisco Lindor, Carlos Santana, and Jose Ramirez however.
Everything is going right for the Cleveland Indians.
They couldn't have asked for a better Game 1, and look to the next one with anticipation. Francona's ace was fine with the decision to move Bauer to kick off the series. In terms of hitting, Jay Bruce was responsible for the homer that brought in three of the four Indian runs on Thursday. That brings him to three home runs and eight RBIs in his last 5 games.
Corey Kluber (18-4, 2.25 ERA) will be eager to show his stuff on Friday. Leading the AL in wins, WHIP of 0.87, ERA of 2.25, 5 complete games, and 3 shutouts, not to mention a low hits and walks /9 ratio and league leading SO/BB of 7.36, Kluber is well on his way to winning a second Cy Young Award. His regular season ended strong, going 6-0 in his last 7 starts. Barring 2017, the righty is 4-0 with a 0.89 ERA in career postseason starts. Kluber was responsible for 4 runs in 4 innings in the critical Game 7 of the World Series last year versus the Cubs though.
In 6 career starts against the Bronx Bombers though, he's a healthy 5-1 with a 1.80 ERA. Most of their order have terrible numbers against him as well.
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