Cleveland Indians at New York Yankees MLB Spread Pick
Winning the division in baseball is one of the biggest achievements in pro sports, as it generally means that you were the most consistent team over a grueling 162-game schedule. The AL East has seen a great MLB betting battle going on between the New York Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays, and it’s starting to look as though it is going to go down to the wire. The Yankees will try to maintain their lead at the top when they finish up a 4-game series at home against the Cleveland Indians on Sunday.
Here’s a Quick Guide for Cleveland Indians at New York Yankees MLB Spread Pick & Game Info
Date/Time: Sunday, August 23rd, 1:05 PM
Venue: Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY
Radio: WFAN 660/101.9 FM, WADO 1280
Opening line: TBA
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The Yankees (67-53) came into this series on a hot streak after taking 2 of 3 from the Blue Jays on the road, followed by a sweep of the Minnesota Twins. That series was the first in a 10-game home stand, and with the Yankees being so dominant at home this season, it was assumed that they would just tear through the Indians in a pretty similar fashion. Things did not start out as expected, though, as they dropped the first game 3-2. These sorts of slip-ups can’t happen at this stage of the season, especially with Toronto just a game and a half back and in a rich vein of form. It seems that every time the Yankees lose a game they are expected to win, the media gets on them and says that this is the start of the downfall. CC Sabathia (4-9, 5.24 ERA) will be the man on the mound trying to make sure that slide doesn’t start on Sunday.
There really wasn’t any indication that the Indians (56-64) might be up for the fight, especially considering that their DL is growing, and that they had lost 2 straight series coming into this one. There was a clue to be found in the series prior to those losses, though, as they had taken 2 of 3 from the Yankees, and had come pretty close to completing the sweep. Another clue might well have been how well Cleveland has played on the road this year. While they have struggled in their own ball park, they have found a way to play 2 games over .500 on the road. It was still a tough ask for them to go into Yankee Stadium and get anything there, but if the first game was anything to go by, we are in for a dog fight. Trevor Bauer (9-10, 4.62 ERA) will start, and will need to do better than he did the last time he faced the Yankees. He was run off after just 2 innings in that one.
Bauer has struggled badly in his last 2 starts, and will still have that Yankees shelling fresh in his mind. I think New York gets to him again and comes away with the win.