New York Yankees vs. Cleveland Indians
The New York Yankees and the Cleveland Indians face off on Tuesday in game two of their series in the Bronx. The Yankees are -160 favorites over the Indians with an over/under run total of 9.5.
The New York Yankees continue to play their best baseball of the season and while they don’t win them all, they seem to have a chance to win every time they take the field. The Yankees are 7-3 in their last 10 games, 20-14 at home this season, and they have a 2.5 game lead in the A.L. East. As a team the Yankees are hitting .259 with Derek Jeter hitting .305, Robinson Cano hitting .299, Nick Swisher hitting .268, and Alex Rodriguez hitting .264. As a team the Yankees pitching staff has an ERA of 3.69 with the starters at 4.14 and the bullpen at 2.65. For game one against the Indians New York starts Phil Hughes who was hit hard last time out after pitching well most of the season. For the year Hughes has allowed 85 hits and 43 earned runs while striking out 77 over 78.1 innings of work for a 4.94 ERA.
The Cleveland Indians have been in the thick of the A.L. Central race all season but they can’t hold onto first place when they have gotten there. The Indians are 5-5 in their last 10 games, 17-16 on the road this season, and they are a half of a game behind the White Sox in the division standings. As a team the Indians are hitting .249 with Asdrubal Cabrera at .296, Michael Brantley at .278, Jason Kipnis at .276, and Shin-Soo Choo at .271. As a team the Indians have an ERA of 4.54 with the starters at 4.50 and the bullpen at 4.62. For game one at Yankee Stadium Cleveland starts Justin Masterson who is pitching better than he has all season. For the year Masterson has allowed 87 hits and 43 earned runs while striking out 77 over 97.1 innings of work for a 3.98 ERA.
New York is 10-2 in their last 12 games against a right handed starter, 22-7 in their last 29 games overall, and 26-9 in Hughes’ last 35 home starts. Cleveland is 4-0 in their last four games against a right handed starter, 1-5 in their last six road games, and 2-6 in Masterson’s last eight starts in game two of a series.
The Yankees are just red hot right now and betting against them doesn’t make much sense.
New York Yankees -160 Cleveland Indians