Yankees vs. Indians Pick
Oddsmakers at sports book Bovada.lv have made the Indians a -240 favorite to win on the moneyline. The Yankees are a +205 underdog and the over-under is 7. Cleveland is -120 to win on the -1.5 runline, while New York is +100 to win on the +1.5 runline.
On the mound for New York will be CC Sabathia (14-5, 3.69 ERA), while Cleveland wlll go with Corey Kluber (18-4, 2.25). Sabathia carries a 1.27 WHIP with 120 strikeouts over 148 2/3 innings. He threw 5 2/3 shutout innings with four hits allowed and six strikeouts plus no walks over 5 2/3 innings in a 2-1 home win over the Blue Jays his final regular season start. Sabathia has a 3.18 ERA over 73 2/3 road innings this year. He last faced Cleveland twice in 2016 when he went 0-1 over two starts, allowing eight earned runs on 13 hits over 11 1/3 innings with seven strikeouts and six walks. Kluber boasts a 0.87 WHIP with 265 strikeouts in 203 2/3 innings. He gave up one earned run on six hits with three strikeouts and one over five innings in a 2-1 home loss to Cleveland his last regular season start. Kluber has a 10-2 record in 16 home starts, posting a 1.81 ERA over 114 2/3 innings. He is 2-0 versus the Yankees this year, posting a 1.59 ERA with three earned runs allowed on six hits with 18 strikeouts and two walks over 17 innings of work.
Cleveland won game one by a count of 4-0 as Trevor Bauer carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning. He allowed two hits with eight strikeouts and one walk over the six innings to pick up the win. Chad Allen allowed one hit and struck out three to earn the save. Jay Bruce was 2-for-3 with a home run, a double, two runs and three RBIs to key the offense. Starlin Castro was 2-for-4 for the Yankees. Sonny Gray allowed three earned runs in 3 1/3 innings to take the loss.
Kluber starting Game 2 with Cleveland holding a 1-0 lead almost seems unfair. He's been sensational the last four months and he'll likely be able to hold down a lineup that could barely touch Bauer Thursday night. Sabathia has reinvented himself nicely as even more of a finesse paint artist this season, but the Indians offense is capable of feasting on even the best of pitchers. This looks like it will be another game where the home team rolls.
MLB DAILY PREDICTION: CLEVELAND INDIANS RL -120