Kluber, Indians Favored to Take 2-0 Lead vs. Yankees for Friday MLB Picks

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Willie Bee

Friday, October 6, 2017 11:19 AM GMT

Friday, Oct. 6, 2017 11:19 AM GMT

After being shut out by the Indians on Thursday, the Yankees now have to face Cleveland ace Corey Kluber with the MLB odds in a holding pattern for the contest.

MLB Season Record: 85-86-4 (+2.63)

Following slugfests in the Wild Card games, we finally got to see some good pitching in the openers of both ALDS matchups. Unfortunately for the New York Yankees, the best mound work was turned in against them by the Cleveland Indians who take a 1-0 lead into today’s 5 PM (ET) contest at Progressive Field. CC Sabathia (14-5, 3.69) and Corey Kluber (18-4, 2.25) face off in Game 2 with the Tribe as heavy -220 favorites and a total of 7.

Trevor Bauer and a pair of his bullpen buddies blanked the Yankees last night, Jay Bruce driving home three runs in the 4-0 final that 5Dimes closed the Indians -130. It was Cleveland’s 4th-straight win over New York after the Tribe pulled off a late-August sweep in the Bronx, and left totals 1-3-1 O/U/P this season in The 216.

 

Indians 10-6 At Home Behind Kluber

Very consistent throughout the campaign, Sabathia closed strong with the Yankees winning his last four starts and the southpaw compiling a 2.91 ERA the last eight times he climbed the hill. His ERA was more than a run better on the road (3.18) as opposed the Bronx (4.20), New York coming out on top in nine of his 14 away assignments. Sabathia missed the Tribe this season, and he’s 3-2 with a 2.92 ERA in six starts at Progressive Field since leaving Cleveland in 2008.

Kluber would get my vote for AL Cy Young with his league-leading ERA, tying for the most wins and placing second in the K column. Still, the 20 wins the Indians gathered in his 29 outings didn’t do much for bettors following him on the MLB odds, all of those dubyas adding up to barely a half-unit of profit thanks to the chalky lines he played under. He beat the Yankees twice in as many starts this year, allowing just three runs in 17 innings, and Kluber recorded a very stingy 1.81 ERA in 16 home starts.

 

Umpire Notes, Mother Nature & A Free Pick

Dan Iassogna is up next to call balls and strikes for Dana DeMuth’s umpire crew in this series. Four of his last five regular-season plate assignments never reached the totals, leaving the Connecticut native 14-12-2 O/U/P in 2017. Home teams were immensely successful when Iassogna was behind the mask, 20-7 overall and 17-3 when chalked. This is his 13th postseason series and seventh time to have the dish for a playoff game (2-1-3 O/U/P).

Showers are in the Cleveland forecast this morning and into the late afternoon which could delay the start, but nothing heavy enough to keep the game from being played. We know Kluber will be substantial chalk once the oddsmakers put a line out, and I suspect a total in the 7-7½ range which I’ll bite on the ‘under’ for my free baseball pick.

Free MLB pick: Under 7Best Line Offered: 5Dimes

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