Vegas Odds & MLB Predictions: New York Yankees at Cleveland Indians (July 12th, 2018)
New York Heads to Cleveland to Start Marquee Match-up of the Weekend
The New York Yankees are 60-31 which gives them the third best record in the American League and the major leagues. But they have lost a little bit of ground to a red-hot Red Sox team for first in their own division as Boston has reeled off nine wins in a row.
As such they are 3.5 games out of first.
The Cleveland Indians are running away with the AL Central. Their 50-41 would put them five games back of the Yankees if they were in the same division, but instead they are 8.5 games up on a Twins team that is eight games under .500.
New York has had a pretty good month of July, but considering their competition, that isn’t good enough. That’s especially true of their most recent series as the team dropped two one-run decisions to a Baltimore team that is competing for the worst record in the league. Tuesday’s 6-5 loss had to be especially painful as New York was up 5-3 after their turn to bat in the seventh inning.
Wednesday they made sure there would be no such drama as Greg Bird hit a grand slam as part of a five-run third inning as the Yankees cruised to a 9-0 win. Bird now has eight RBIs in the last two games. The much-maligned Sonny Gray was the beneficiary as he tossed six scoreless innings to get the win.
Cleveland snapped a four-game losing streak with a massive 19-4 win over Cincinnati on Wednesday. They dropped the last two games of their series with a red-hot Oakland team to start the losing steak. They made a late charge with four ninth inning runs before dropping a 7-5 decision to the Reds to start their series. They then gave up seven runs in the ninth to spoil a great outing by Trevor Baur in Tuesday’s 7-4 loss.
On Wednesday they had 19 hits with seven players finishing the night with multiple hits. Jose Ramirez led all players with two home runs and five RBIs.
The Yankees and Indians are both 6-4 in their last ten.
Luis Severino (14-2, 2.12 ERA) gave up three runs in five innings in an 8-5 win over Toronto last time out. It’s the second time in four starts he’s allowed three runs after not allowing more than two in 12 of his first 15 starts. The Yankees are 9-1 in his last ten starts.
Corey Kluber (12-4, 2.49 ERA) pitched seven scoreless innings in a 6-3 loss to Oakland last time out. He was hammered by the Cardinals three starts ago, but otherwise is having another stellar season. The Indians are 6-4 in his last ten.
New York is -112 favorites and Cleveland -108 underdogs. These are two of the best pitchers in the game going head to head. It should be a low scoring classic and I think the edge goes to Kluber with just a little bit of slippage in Severino’s game of late. The Pick: Indians 4-2.