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New York Yankees vs. Cleveland Indians Predictions, Picks and MLB Preview – August 5, 2017

New York Yankees vs. Cleveland Indians Predictions, Picks and MLB Preview – August 5, 2017


New York Yankees vs. Cleveland Indians Preview

Where: Progressive Field— Cleveland, Ohio

When: Saturday, August 5, 2017, 7:10 PM ET

Line: New York Yankees (+135) at Cleveland Indians (-150); total: 9.0 view all MLB lines

TV Broadcast: STO, YES

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Betting on the New York Yankees (57-51)

Moneyline: +135

Prized acquisitions Sonny Gray and Jaime Garcia struggled in their respective debuts for the Bronx Bombers, losing to the Cleveland Indians in each of the last two games. Tasked to settle the ship for the misfiring Yankees is Jordan Montgomery. He may just be 24 years old but the lefty has pitched beyond his years in his rookie season for the Yanks. Montgomery’s 7-6 this campaign with a 4.15 ERA.

Now’s the time for Montgomery to deliver given his spot in the rotation could be in jeopardy with the arrival of Gray and Garcia. He lasted a career-low 2.2 innings in his last start against the Tampa Bay Rays on July 30, yielding four runs and six hits. The Yankees have lost five of their last six games with Montgomery as their starter.

What’s hurting New York nowadays is its lack of offensive production. The Yankees have scored just six runs during their four-game losing streak. One guy who needs to contribute for New York is Aaron Judge. After batting .329 with 30 homers, 66 RBIs and an incredible 1.139 OPS in his first 84 outings, Judge has plummeted. In the past 20 games (19 starts), Judge is batting .174 (12-for-69) with just four homers and nine RBIs. Joining Judge in a horrible second-half slump is Matt Holliday. Since returning from the disabled list (viral infection) on July 14 in Boston, the 37-year-old is hitting .136 (11-for-81) in 20 games (19 starts) with a homer and four RBIs.

The Yankees are 4-6 in their last 10 road games.

Betting on the Cleveland Indians (59-48)

Moneyline: -150

The Cleveland Indians are dominating the New York Yankees in this series thus far and they have their awesome pitching to thank for that. Behind dazzling performances by starters Corey Kluber and Trevor Bauer, the Indians have limited the Bronx Bombers to just three runs in the last two games. The AL Central leaders have an excellent chance of continuing that dominance against the Yankees as Danny Salazar (4-5, 4.63 ERA) will be toeing the rubber tonight.

Salazar has been in excellent form since coming off the DL on July 2, holding opponents to a .095 average while posting an ERA of 1.38 with 16 strikeouts in his last two outings. Even at an eight-day layoff, Salazar will be licking his chops at the prospect of facing the Yankees as he will be pitching at his beloved Progressive Field. Despite a 1-3 slate there, the right-hander has been at his best in home games, posting a 3.82 ERA while holding opponents to a miniscule .191 BAA.

The Indians are 9-0 in their last nine home games.

Writer’s Prediction

Cleveland (-150) wins, 5-1.

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Written by Joel

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