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Yankees’ Bats Just Can’t Figure Out Indians

The New York Yankees offense was almost non-existent in their ALDS opener against the Cleveland Indians on Thursday. That is nothing new for the Yanks, as the team has scored a combined seven runs in its past four games against the Tribe – all of which were losses. The Yankees will try to find their Bronx Bomber roots and even up the series Friday.

Shark Bites
  • The visiting team is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games in this matchup.
  • The Indians are 12-2 SU in their last 14 games with Corey Kluber as the starting pitcher.
  • The Yankees are 16-5 SU in their last 21 games against right-handed starting pitchers.

The Yankees will turn to 16-year veteran CC Sabathia on the bump in this one. Sabathia has been rolling for the Yanks lately, as the big southpaw is 3-0 with a 2.45 ERA in his past four starts – all of which were victories for the pinstripes. This will be Sabathia’s first postseason start since 2012 when he was rocked for 11 hits and six runs in just 3.2 innings of work.

Corey Kluber will get the start in Game 2 for the Indians – something that really speaks to their excellent rotation. Kluber has been untouchable during the second half of the season, posting a 1.79 ERA with 108 strikeouts to 15 walks since the Midsummer Classic. The likely AL Cy Young winner has faced the Yankees twice during the second half of the season and allowed just three runs in 17.0 innings.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The New York Yankees were listed as +210 underdogs on the MLB moneyline at many online sportsbooks, including Bet365. The total was set at 7.5 before betting started earlier on Friday over at Bovada.

OddsShark computer prediction formulas pick a 4.0-3.8 win for the Yankees on Friday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

New York Yankees vs Cleveland Indians Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

103-60 Cleveland battles the Yankees, currently with a 92-72 mark. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Cleveland vs New York injuries news.

The Cleveland Indians vs New York Yankees odds would favor the Indians if the betting lines were set according to our power ranks. Cleveland is rated No. 3 in the current OddsShark poll, while New York is at No. 4.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Cleveland Indians' No. 7-ranked offense (5.04 runs per game) against a New York Yankees defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 3 at 4.07 runs allowed per game. The Cleveland Indians have been averaging 8.91 hits per game, less than the New York Yankees have managed so far this season (9.01 hits on average).

Cleveland owns the No. 1 defense, allowing 3.48 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with New York's No. 3-rated defense.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Yankees were shut out in their last start, struggling to get much going against the Cleveland staff and losing 4-0 to the Indians on Thursday at Progressive Field.

Betting Trends
  • NY Yankees is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
  • NY Yankees is 17-7 SU in its last 24 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of NY Yankees' last 5 games
  • NY Yankees is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Cleveland is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Cleveland is 21-4 SU in its last 25 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Cleveland's last 6 games
  • Cleveland is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

New York home to Cleveland, Sunday, October 8