Masahiro Tanaka (9-5, 3.56 ERA) and Carlos Carrasco (11-9, 3.63 ERA) take the hill in the second of a four-game series between the New York Yankees (67-52) and the Cleveland Indians (55-64) at Yankee Stadium. The Indians won the last game 3-2 and Cleveland leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 7:05 p.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 21 and can be seen on STOh and YES.
Tanaka pitched 9.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering one run, striking out eight and walking three in a 4-1 win over the Blue Jays. Alex Rodriguez (.262, 69 Rs, 26 HRs, 68 RBIs, 3 SBs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 4 with two runs, one home run, one RBI, and one stolen base. Carrasco went 7.0 innings, surrendering two runs, striking out seven and walking three in a 4-1 defeat to the Twins in his most recent start. Jason Kipnis (.325, 67 Rs, 6 HRs, 39 RBIs, 11 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Indians, going 3 for 4 yesterday with one run.
New York is a -148 favorite against Cleveland and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at seven runs. The Yankees have recorded an overall money line of +512 and have shown high-level performance as a favorite this season with a record of 42-26. New York is an impressive 4-1 as the favorite over its last 10 games.
In the other locker room, Cleveland is coming in with an overall money line of -2,190 and a disappointing record of 16-24 as the underdog. They have been on a bit of a dry streak over their last 10 games. They managed a 0-3 record when playing as the underdog. 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, 3-1. The Yankees have a 45-39 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Carrasco takes the mound. Tanaka (RHP) will be on the hill against the Indians, who have a 41-38 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - NYY, O/U - Over
In their last game, the Indians won by a margin of one run. The Yankees are 20-19 in one-run games. The Indians have a 13-16 record in close games.
After a weak showing last week where they got in five hits, the Yankees need to step it up. The Indians have a record of 26-4 when opponents get five hits or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Indians are 8-48. The Yankees have a 13-41 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 25th in home runs, Cleveland has hit 97 this season. New York ranks second with 162 home runs.
Ranking eighth, Cleveland is in the top 10 of the league in hits, notching 8.60 per game. New York ranks in the top five at fourth with 8.79.
Ranking 14th, Cleveland is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.713). New York ranks in the top five at fifth with an OPS of .755.
The Indians are 35-52 when they allow at least one home run. The Yankees perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 33-40 record.