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Indians’ Pitching is on Another Level in the Month of August

Two of the best teams in the American League will begin a series on Monday when the Yankees host the Indians trying to do what the Royals couldn’t – score at least one run against Cleveland. The Tribe beat KC 20-0 on aggregate in their weekend series and they’ll get off on the right foot against the Yanks with Corey Kluber (12-4, 2.65 ERA) taking the mound for Game 1.  

  • The Indians are 11-2 SU and 10-3 on the runline in their last 13 games against teams with winning records.
  • The total has gone OVER in the Yankees’ last 6 games with Luis Severino as the starting pitcher.
  • Corey Kluber pitched a complete game when he faced the Yankees earlier this month.

As good as Kluber has been this month (4-1, 1.89 ERA), he won’t make the Indians overwhelming favorites tonight with the Yankees calling upon their dominant righty, Luis Severino (11-5, 3.10). New York has won eight of its last nine games with Severino on the mound and Indians’ batters have a combined .162 average in 74 at-bats against Luis.

All that said, the weather for this evening is projecting a 13-mile-per-hour wind blowing out to right field that could lead to a higher than anticipated total in the Bronx. The short porch at Yankee Stadium makes any right-handed pitcher vulnerable against lefties so don’t be shocked if some balls leave the yard in this one.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

New York was a -124 moneyline favorites earlier in the day at BetOnline, based on the starting pitcher matchup. That pairing made oddsmakers at 5Dimes pick an opening OVER/UNDER number of 7.5.

OddsShark computer prediction formulas pick a 3.8-3.3 win for the Yankees on Monday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Cleveland Indians vs New York Yankees Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

70-59 New York battles the Indians, currently with a 73-56 mark. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and New York vs Cleveland injuries news.

The New York Yankees sit at No. 3 in the current MLB power poll here at OddsShark, while the Cleveland Indians sit at No. 1 on the same chart.

Statistical Matchup

Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features the New York Yankees No. 3-ranked scoring average of 5.24 runs per game, against a Cleveland Indians offense rated No. 8 and scoring 4.91 runs per game. The Yankees have averaged 9.08 hits per game to date this season, more than the Indians hitters have managed (8.78 per nine innings).

Comparing defensive stats, Cleveland owns the No. 2-rated road mark, allowing 3.89 runs per game on the highway. New York, on the other hand, rates No. 3 in scoring at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Cleveland ran up the score in their last game on Sunday, jumping to a lead and resulting in a 12-0 victory against Kansas City.

Masahiro Tanaka blew away 10 Seattle batters in the Yankees' last start, leading them to a 10-1 win over Seattle on Sunday at Yankee Stadium.

Betting Trends
  • Cleveland is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Cleveland is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • Cleveland is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
  • Cleveland is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games on the road
  • NY Yankees is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
  • NY Yankees is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of NY Yankees' last 6 games
  • NY Yankees is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Cleveland at New York, Tuesday, August 29