Matchup: New York Yankees vs. Cleveland Indians
Date/Time: April 10th, 7:05 PM ET
MLB Betting Odds from Sports Betting Online.AG
Probable Starters: Nova (New York) vs. TBA (Cleveland)
The New York Yankees have been blasting balls out of Progressive Field over the course of the first two games of this four-game set. They're taking on the Cleveland Indians for the third time in as many days in MLB betting action on Wednesday night.
The Yanks have scored 25 runs in two games in this series, and they are doing all of this work with a makeshift lineup. SS Derek Jeter, 1B Mark Teixeira, CF Curtis Granderson, and 3B Alex Rodriguez are all still on the disabled list, and that's making life awfully difficult for Manager Joe Girardi. He also can't be all that happy with the way that his rotation is panning out at the moment either. RHP Ivan Nova was lit up in his first start of the season for four runs on five hits in 4.2 innings of work. Dating back to last season, this is the seventh time in his last nine starts in which he allowed at least three runs, and he hasn't even averaged six frames per outing in that stretch. Nova did win a dozen games last season, but he looks absolutely nothing like the man that went 16-4 with a 3.70 ERA in 2011. Instead, he really looks like a gas can with no velocity on the mound, and if that keeps up, this is going to be a long season for the righty.
Cleveland has had itself quite the rough series to start off the home portion of the campaign. Not only has the team been waxed 25-7 on aggregate in those two games, sending the fans to the exits twice prematurely, but there are a slew of concerns as well. Both of the regular catchers on the team, C Carlos Santana and C Lou Marson are out of the lineup with various injuries, and the starting rotation has absolutely no idea what in the heck it is going to do in this game. Manager Terry Francona, who openly admitted two days ago that he got lost walking to the ballpark at Progressive Field, doesn’t have a starting pitcher ready to go for this game in the majors, meaning that someone is likely getting flown in from the minors to make this start. This predicament came into play on Tuesday night when RHP Carlos Carrasco was thrown out of the game for plunking 3B Kevin Youkilis after allowing seven runs in 3.1 innings. This was scheduled to be RHP Brett Myers on the mound on Wednesday, but Myers threw 5.1 innings in relief on Tuesday to preserve an already battered bullpen. He became the third pitcher in as many days to allow seven runs in a game.
That being said, we are wondering out loud if the Tribe aren't ready to get the job done. In all likelihood, Cleveland is going to be throwing a pitcher at the Yankees that they have no scouting report on whatsoever, and that bullpen has to be ready to throw some innings after getting the day off yesterday. The New York lineup just isn't all that special, and it shouldn't be throwing runs on the board this easily. We don't have a line or a pitcher as of early Wednesday morning, but we do think that Cleveland is going to be the right side to back on the MLB betting lines.
New York Yankees @ Cleveland Indians Pick: Cleveland Indians