Cleveland (62-46) at NY Yankees (55-55)
When: Sunday, August 7th 2016
Where: Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY
Time: 1:05 ET | TV: SportsTime Ohio, YES
The Cleveland Indians has righted the ship somewhat after getting pounded by the hot bats of the Minnesota Twins last week. Cleveland and the New York Yankees will play the rubber match of their three-game series on Sunday afternoon. The Tribe hit three homeruns and Corey Kluber threw eight strong innings on Saturday and defeated the Yankees 5-2. Former Yankee reliever Andrew Miller came on in the ninth to record his first save as an Indian. Cleveland has now won two of three and are still two games clear of Detroit in the AL Central. The Yankees are slowly dismantling their team and are now back to .500 and have not won back-to-back games since July 25-26 when they were a season-high four games above .500. Yankees C Gary Sanchez has at least one hit in each of the four games he’s played since his promotion on Wednesday, including one double in three straight. Cleveland has scored at least five runs in nine straight games for the first time since July of 2002.
Pitchers: Indians – Carlos Carrasco (7-5, 3.12 ERA) | Yankees – Masahiro Tanaka (7-4, 3.46)
Carlos Carrasco will look to rebound from one of his worst career outings when he gave up a career-high eight runs over 3.2 innings against the Twins on Tuesday. Carrasco strikeout rate has dropped in his last few starts recording only 24 K’s over his last 32 innings. Carrasco allowed five runs (one earned) in 3.2 innings in a May 10th loss to the Yankees.
Masahiro Tanaka has been hit hard in his last two turns allowing 11 runs (10 earned) in his last 11.1 innings of work – both losses. He allowed a season-high six earned runs in a loss to the Mets on Tuesday. Tanaka was dominant in two July starts at home allowing one run on seven hits while striking out 11 over 12 innings. Despite being staked to an 11-1 fifth-inning lead on July 10th in Cleveland (vs. Carrasco), Tanaka fell one out short of qualifying for the victory after getting charged with seven runs (three earned) over 4.2 innings.
Carrasco will definitely rebound from his poor outing against the Twins and the Indians will continue to hit homers (19 in last 9 games). Cleveland is not only the better team, but the pitching matchup favors them as well. I’ll take Cleveland to win the series.
Pick: Indians -114