In the second of a three-game series between the New York Yankees (55-54) and the Cleveland Indians (61-46) at Yankee Stadium, CC Sabathia (6-8, 4.15 ERA) and Corey Kluber (10-8, 3.27 ERA) take the mound. The Yankees won the last game 13-7, and New York leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 1:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 6 and will air on STOh and YES.
In his most recent outing, Sabathia pitched 5.2 innings, allowing five runs, striking out five and walking three in a 6-5 victory over the Mets. Carlos Beltran (.301, 51 Rs, 23 HRs, 66 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. The Indians were victorious over the Athletics 8-0 the last time Kluber pitched. He went 7.0 innings, allowing zero runs, striking out seven and walking two. Mike Napoli (.253, 70 Rs, 27 HRs, 78 RBIs, 4 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run and one RBI.
New York is a +148 underdog in this game, and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at eight runs. The Yankees perform poorly as an underdog with a 17-30 record and have an overall money line of -434. They are 1-4 as the underdog over their last 10 games. Teams routinely struggle to score runs against the Yankees, who allow only 4.1 runs per home game. The Yankees don't give up many hits to opposing batters at Yankee Stadium, ranking second in the AL with only 8.4 hits allowed per home game.
On the other side, the Indians have a record of 47-33 when they are favored and are +335 overall with the money line. Cleveland's pitching staff and defense as a whole have been firing on all cylinders so far, ranking third in the AL with only 4.3 runs allowed per game. They also average just 8.3 hits allowed per game, second-best in the AL.
The Yankees are 4-1 against the Indians this season. The Yankees will take on a right-hander (Kluber) in this game and have a 40-35 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. The left-handed Sabathia will take the mound against the Indians. Against lefty starters this season, they've racked up an impressive 20-10 record.
Predictions: SU Winner - CLE, O/U - Over
Cleveland has won 50% (23-23) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, New York has won 53% (30-27) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Indians are coming off of a weak pitching game where they recorded four strikeouts. The Yankees have a record of 8-5 when opponents' pitchers have four strikeouts or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Yankees are 42-8. The Indians have a 48-5 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 22nd, New York is near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 449 this season. Cleveland ranks in the top five with 537.
Ranking 20th, New York is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 314 this season. Cleveland ranks in the top half at 13th with 341.
The Yankees are 39-29 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Indians are 45-29 when they hit at least one homer.