The season series between Cleveland and New York is tied at two games apiece.
After stumbling a bit at the end of last week, the Yankees picked up their game and finished strong in their series against the Mariners, winning two of three. They are 6-4 in their last ten games, with their lineup averaging 6.4 runs per game and their pitchers allowing 4.4 runs per game. With Greg Bird and Starlin Castro both coming off the DL last week, the Yankees lineup looks to add to their recent success.
Cleveland comes into this week on a four-game winning streak after sweeping division rival Kansas City over the weekend. In their last 10 games, the Indians are 7-3, scoring an average of 5.5 runs per game while allowing just 3.3 runs per game. During their four-game win streak, they have scored 33 runs while giving up just six. The Royals could not put a single run on the board versus Cleveland’s pitchers during their series.
Game 1 Starters – Corey Kluber (RHP) vs Luis Severino (RHP)
Kluber comes into this week sporting a 2.65 ERA and 0.91 WHIP in 152.2 innings of work. In his last three starts for the Indians, the righty has pitched 20 innings, allowing just six runs on 14 hits while striking out 25. In seven of his last 10 starts, he has posted double-digit strikeouts. He has faced the Yankees once this season, pitching a complete game and allowing a single run on three hits with 11 strikeouts and no walks.
Severino has a 3.10 ERA and 1.10 WHIP on the season. In his last three starts, he has pitched 17.2 innings, giving up nine earned runs on 18 hits, although eight of those runs came in a single start against Boston two weeks ago. He has also struck out 21 during this span. In one start against the Indians this season the right-hander went 6.2 innings, allowing one run on two hits while walking one and striking out nine.
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Who’s hot, and who’s not
Francisco Lindor is 9-26 in his last week’s worth of games. The shortstop also has four home runs and seven RBIs during this span. In his last four games, he is 8-16 with four runs scored and six RBIs. Of all the players in the Indians lineup with at least 30 at-bats this month, Jay Bruce leads in OPS with .981. The recently acquired outfielder has nine extra-base hits in 17 games in August.
Austin Jackson is 6-24 with eight strikeouts in his last six games. In his last seven, Edwin Encarnacion has just three hits in 20 at-bats, good for a .150 average, although he has twice as many walks as he does strikeouts, with eight and four, respectively. Bradley Zimmer has eight hits in 24 games in August, which gives him a .133 batting average on the month. His OPS is even uglier at .354.
Brett Gardner hasn’t struck out since August 18. In his last five games, the outfielder has gone 8-24 with a triple and five runs scored. Gary Sanchez is hitting .357 and slugging .786 in his last six games. He has four home runs and 10 RBIs during this span, and six runs scored. Jacoby Ellsbury has done well in some limited game action as of late, going 5-16 with a double, a home run, and six RBIs in his last six games.
Chase Headley has just three hits in his last 23 plate appearances, however, he has only struck out once in this span. He seemed to hit well earlier in the month after switching from third to first base, however with Greg Bird’s return he’ll be seeing more time at third, so this could impact his bat.
Prediction: Indians 4 – 2 Yankees
This is a tough call considering the calibre of pitchers squaring off for each team. The Yankees offense has been more productive as of late, however, the Indians are tossing out the better pitcher in Kluber, not that Severino’s performance this season has been anything less than fantastic. I think the wear and tear of his first full season will show a bit tonight though, and the Indians will squeak by with just enough runs while Kluber holds down the fort.
Where to watch
Today’s game will be broadcast on YES and STO, and streaming on MLB.TV for out of market subscribers.
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