In the last of a three-game series between the New York Yankees (55-55) and the Cleveland Indians (62-46) at Yankee Stadium, Masahiro Tanaka (7-4, 3.40 ERA) and Carlos Carrasco (7-5, 3.12 ERA) take the mound. The Indians won the last game 5-2, and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game starts at 1:05 p.m. ET on Sunday, Aug. 7 and will air on STOh and YES.
In his most recent outing, Tanaka pitched 6.1 innings, allowing seven runs (one unearned) and striking out four in a 7-1 loss to the Mets. Carlos Beltran (.306, 51 Rs, 23 HRs, 67 RBIs) played well again yesterday, going 3 for 4 with one RBI. The Indians were also unsuccessful the last time Carrasco pitched. He struggled, going 3.2 innings, giving up eight runs, striking out one and walking two in a 10-6 loss to the Twins. Carlos Santana (.248, 60 Rs, 24 HRs, 61 RBIs, 4 SBs) has been hitting the ball well, going 2 for 4 yesterday.
New York is a small underdog (-102) and the Over/Under (O/U) is eight runs. The Yankees have a losing record of 17-31 when playing as the underdog and an overall money line of -534. They have struggled as the underdog over their last 10 games, going 0-5. The New York pitching staff and defense is very good at home, only giving up 4.2 runs per 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. An area where the Yankees are particularly strong is striking batters out, where they average an AL-best 8.7 K's per game.
Switching to the opposing dugout, the Indians come into this game with a win percentage of .593 when playing as the favorite (48-33) and an overall money line of +435. Cleveland's pitching staff and defense as a whole have been firing on all cylinders so far, ranking third in the AL with only 4.2 runs allowed per game. They also allow just 8.4 hits per game, good for second in the AL.
The Yankees have gotten the best of the Indians in head-to-head matchups this season, going 4-2. This game will feature Carrasco (RHP) on the mound against the Yankees, who have a 40-36 record when they take on a right-handed starter. The right-handed Tanaka will take the mound against the Indians, who have a 41-36 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - CLE, O/U - Over
When leading after seven innings, New York is 30-28, while Cleveland is 24-23.
The Indians are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Yankees have a 9-19 record when opponents give up one walk or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Yankees are 42-8. The Indians have a 49-5 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 22nd in runs, New York has earned 451 this season. Cleveland ranks fifth with 542 runs.
Ranking 20th, New York is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 315 this season. Cleveland ranks in the top half at 12th with 347.
When the Yankees hit at least one home run, they are 39-29. When the Indians hit at least one homer, they have a 46-29 record.