Published: Sun, May 06, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

Cleveland Indians vs. New York Yankees, 5/5/2018 Prediction & Odds

Cleveland Indians vs. New York Yankees, 5/5/2018 Prediction & Odds

They started the day a game behind the Red Sox and tied for the second-best record in the majors.

The New York Yankees opened their series against Cleveland with a big offensive display that overcame a poor night out of the bullpen.

The teams will be meeting for the first time since October 11, when Didi Gregorius hit a pair of homers off Corey Kluber and Aroldis Chapman struck out four in two scoreless innings to secure a 5-2 victory.

Judge and Sanchez also hit solo homers for the Yankees.

Cleveland kicks off a five-game road trip in NY coming off a split of a doubleheader against the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday. NY also has won 12 of its last 13 games in the last two weeks since it was 9-9 following an 8-5 home loss to the Toronto Blue Jays. He has a 2.45 ERA with a 1.09 WHIP. Miguel Andujar followed with another walk to bring up Gleyber Torres, who came through with the Yankees' first hit - a single to center to load the bases.

Before losing the past three matchups with the Yankees last postseason, the Indians went 7-2 in the previous nine meetings, according to the OddsShark MLB Database. The Yankees have really turned it on lately, going 12-1 in their last 13 to pull within one game of the AL East-leading Boston Red Sox, who visit them next after the Indians.

The Cleveland Indians could not build on their doubleheader sweep of Toronto on Thursday as the team dropped a 7-6 decision at the Yankees on Friday.

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Cleveland's offense has been paced by Jose Ramirez.

New York's CC Sabathia, who started Game 5, can become the 58th pitcher to reach 240 career victories.

Sunday: Yankees righty Domingo German (0-1, 3.77 ERA) vs. Indians righty Mike Clevinger (2-0, 2.56 ERA), 1:05 Yankee Stadium.

Sabathia is 4-3 with a 3.65 ERA in 11 career regular-season starts against Cleveland. While Bauer could have some challenges with this NY lineup, I think Cleveland will be able to do more damage against Gray and ride that to a win. In a 10-4 loss, he allowed six runs and 10 hits in a season-high six innings during a game where he retired 12 of 14 in between homers to Robinson Cano and Ryon Healy. In their three-game sweep in NY from August 28-30, the Indians outscored the Yankees 17-7.

The Yankees have won eight of their last nine against a right-handed starter and eight of their last nine against a winning team.

The total has gone under in six of Cleveland's last seven games on the road.

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