In the second of a three-game series between the Cleveland Indians (52-59) and the New York Yankees (61-50) at Progressive Field, Danny Salazar (9-6, 3.38 ERA) and CC Sabathia (4-8, 5.34 ERA) take the mound. The Indians won the last game 5-4 and Cleveland leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 7:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Aug. 12 and will air on STOh and YES.
In his last start, Salazar pitched 6.0 innings, allowing one run, striking out seven and walking two in a 4-3 loss to the Angels. Michael Brantley (.316, 48 Rs, 8 HRs, 62 RBIs, 12 SBs) played well again yesterday, going 3 for 6 with one run and one RBI. The Yankees were unsuccessful to the Red Sox 2-1 the last time Sabathia pitched. He went 6.0 innings, allowing one run, striking out eight and walking three. Alex Rodriguez (.273, 64 Rs, 24 HRs, 63 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 6 yesterday.
Cleveland, a -131 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against New York. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is eight runs. When playing as the favorite, the Indians have a 35-38 record and overall money line at -2,025. The Indians typically don't swing at bad pitches, which has led to an AL-high 3.4 walks per game. Turning to the pitching staff, they have been extremely effective at striking opposing batters out, leading the AL with 8.9 strikeouts per game.
Moving on to the away team, the Yankees come into this game with a win percentage of .500 when playing as the underdog (23-23) and an overall money line of +87. They sport the second-ranked offense in the AL, averaging four runs per game. One of the top road hitting teams in the AL are the Yankees, who average 8.6 hits in games away from home.
The only other game between the two teams went Cleveland's way. This game will feature Sabathia (LHP) on the mound against the Indians, who have a 4-14 home and 13-24 overall record when they take on a left-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Yankees will be the right-hander Salazar. They sport a 40-36 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - Cle, O/U - Over
The Yankees lost their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Indians are 11-16. The Yankees are 17-17 in close games this season.
The Indians are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded 16 strikeouts. The Yankees have a record of 0-2 when they are struck out that many times or more.
It looks like the Indians have a slight leg up on the Yankees, as the Indians have won their last three games while the Yankees have lost their last four.
When they outhit their opponents, the Indians are 43-7. The Yankees have a 41-6 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 19th, Cleveland is in the bottom half of the league in runs, scoring 447 this season. New York ranks in the top five at second with 533.
Cleveland and New York both rank in the top five of the league in walks. Cleveland sits at third with 381 this season and New York ranks fifth with 367.
The Indians are 39-23 when they hit at least one home run. The Yankees perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 52-30 record.