Despite an injury-wracked roster, the New York Yankees (+600 to win the World Series) remain on top of the American League East, and they will look to add wins to their record in an upcoming series with the Cleveland Indians. The Tribe (+3000) have fallen way behind of the Minnesota Twins in the AL Central, but have plenty of time to cut the deficit down.
Game by Game Betting Preview for the New York Yankees vs. Cleveland Indians Regular-Season Series Running from June 7-9 2019
Where: Progressive Field, Cleveland, OH
Game 1 – Friday, June 7, 7:05 PM EST
Game 2 – Saturday, June 8, 4:10 PM EST
Game 3 – Sunday, June 9, 1:10 PM EST
Line – New York Yankees vs. Cleveland Indians – view all MLB lines
TV Broadcast: ESPN
Starters: Domingo German (9-1, 3.66 ERA) vs. TBA
German, for the most part of the season thus far, has been money for bettors. The Yankees have gone 8-2 in his German’s last 10 starts, which includes his short 3.2 innings stint on the hill on Jun. 1, where he allowed three runs on six hits with eight strikeouts in a 5-3 home win over the Boston Red Sox. The Indians have yet to determine their starter for Game 1 of the series after placing Jefry Rodriguez on the 10-day disabled list.
The Indians have a collective .200 batting average against German.
German is getting 8.13 runs per nine innings started in support.
Prediction: Yankees win, 5-3.
Starters: CC Sabathia (3-2, 3.61 ERA) vs. Zach Plesac (0-1, 1.46 ERA)
Sabathia picked up a loss in his last start, allowing three runs on seven hits (2 homers) in 6.0 innings of action in an 8-5 home loss to to Boston on Jun. 2. Sabathia’s ERA has risen from 2.97 to 3.61 on the season over his last two starts in which he allowed seven runs on 13 hits with 15 strikeouts. Plesac is making just his third career start on Saturday. He was great in his last start, going seven innings of one-run ball (off a home run), but unfortunately did not get the run support in a 0-2 road loss to the Chicago White Sox.
Gio Urshela has batted .317 with four doubles and two home runs over the last 30 days as of this writing.
Carlos Santana is 10-for-19 with a homer in his career against Sabathia.
Prediction: Yankees win, 4-3.
Starters: Masahiro Tanaka (3-4, 3.20 ERA) vs. Shane Bieber (4-2, 3.67 ERA)
Tanaka bumbled on the hill the last time he was on one, allowing four earned runs on nine hits in 6.0 innings of a 5-4 home loss to the San Diego Padres on May 28. He was solid in his last start away from the Bronx, though, when he limited the Baltimore Orioles to just an earned run on five hits in 6.0 innings of a 6-5 road win on May 23. Tanaka is 1-2 with a 3.45 ERA in five starts on the road this year. Bieber is 2-0 in his last three starts. He picked up a win on May 29 despite allowing six earned runs on eight hits in 5.0 innings of a 14-9 victory at Fenway Park. He has allowed seven homers in his last four starts.
The current Indians’ roster has a career .183 batting average against Tanaka.
The current Yankees’ roster has a career .118 batting average against Bieber.
Prediction: Cleveland wins, 5-3.
Writer’s Overall Series Prediction
Yankees win two of the three game series.
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