In a game that could be a shootout, Trevor Bauer (9-10, 4.62 ERA) and the Cleveland Indians (57-64) are in New York to square off against CC Sabathia (4-9, 5.24 ERA) and the Yankees (67-54). This is the last of a four-game series at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees won the last game 6-2 and Cleveland leads the series 2-1. Action begins at 1:05 p.m. ET on Sunday, Aug. 23 and can be seen on STOh.
Sabathia pitched 6.2 innings in his last outing, surrendering four runs, striking out five and walking three in an 8-4 defeat to the Twins. Alex Rodriguez (.262, 69 Rs, 26 HRs, 69 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one RBI. Bauer went 1.2 innings, surrendering five runs, striking out one and walking one in a 9-1 defeat to the Red Sox in his most recent start. Michael Brantley (.320, 51 Rs, 9 HRs, 68 RBIs, 13 SBs) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 5 yesterday with two RBIs.
New York is a -144 favorite against Cleveland and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at eight runs. The Yankees have recorded an overall money line of +240 and have shown high-level performance as a favorite this season with a record of 42-28.
In games where it is the underdog, Cleveland has a 18-24 record and an overall money line of -1,938. Cleveland is excellent at drawing walks with an AL-best 3.4 per game. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Indians are one of the best in the league with a WHIP of 1.20 for the season. The Indians have established a reputation of overwhelming hitters with an AL-best 8.8 strikeouts per game.
The Indians lead the season series, 4-1. The Yankees have a 45-41 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Bauer takes the mound. Sabathia (LHP) will be on the hill against the Indians, who have a inferior 14-26 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - NYY, O/U - Over
After last game's shutout win against the Cleveland, the Yankees now have one shutout this season. The Indians have been shut out in nine games this season.
Having scored zero runs in their last game, the Yankees are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Indians have a 7-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs.
It looks like the Indians have a slight leg up on the Yankees, as the Indians have won their last two games while the Yankees have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Indians are 48-9. The Yankees have a 45-6 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 21st, Cleveland sits near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 486 this season. New York ranks in the top five at second with 576.
New York and Cleveland both rank in the top five of the league in walks. New York sits at fifth with 397 this season and Cleveland ranks third with 409.
The Yankees are 58-33 when they hit at least one home run. The Indians perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 42-25 record.