Cleveland Indians at New York Yankees Free Pick 05/05/18

Dean Simpson
May 6, 2018

The Indians led last year's American League Division Series 2-0 before losing three straight to the Yankees, who just took three of four from the defending World Series champion Houston Astros.

NY returns home following a successful seven-game road trip that saw the team go 6-1, with the lone loss coming at Houston in the opener of that series.

Saturday: Yankees righty Sonny Gray (1-2, 6.67 ERA) vs. Indians righty Trevor Bauer (2-2, 2.41 ERA), 1:05 Yankee Stadium.

The fastball smacked off the plate umpire's helmet and catcher Gary Sanchez, who didn't have a chance at catching it, also didn't a a shot at nabbing Gomes at home.

Cleveland kicks off a five-game road trip in NY coming off a split of a doubleheader against the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday.

The Yankees outscored the Astros 14-5 in winning the last three games and had an nearly identical combined margin of victory (13-5) when they took three in a row from the two-time defending AL Central champions in the playoffs last October.

Neil Walker and Miguel Andujar walked with one out in the bottom half for the Yankees' first two runners, and Gleyber Torres lined a soft single to center for the Yankees' first hit - and only hit of the inning, it turned out.

Before losing the past three matchups with the Yankees last postseason, the Indians went 7-2 in the previous nine meetings, according to the OddsShark MLB Database.

With a 7-6 win on Friday, the Yankees continue their impressive run, having won 13 of their last 14 games.

Cleveland's offense has been paced by Jose Ramirez. CC Sabathia threw six scoreless innings against the Indians, but the Indians were able to rally off of the Yankees' bullpen to make it a nail-biter until the very end. While Bauer could have some challenges with this NY lineup, I think Cleveland will be able to do more damage against Gray and ride that to a win. The Yankees are averaging 5.74 runs per game this year while allowing 3.97 per contest. However, they are just 1-4 in Gray's last five starts against a winning team.

That brought up Ronald Torreyes, who got the start at short in place of a resting Didi Gregorius. Over 29 games this season, Sanchez is hitting.205/.288/.518 with nine home runs and 28 RBI.

The Yankees have won 13 of their last 14 games SU.

The Indians are 17-15 SU and are 12-19 against the spread (ATS).

The under has cashed in zero of Cleveland's last seven games.

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