MLB Picks: Yankees vs. Indians Doubleheader Picks

Joe Freda

Monday, May 13, 2013 12:24 PM GMT

The Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees meet today in a doubleheader showdown. Find out where our cappers are looking to place their MLB picks in both of today's matchups.

The New York Yankees have won five straight games on their present road trip, with the UNDER going 4-1 in that stretch. Monday’s MLB slate has Joe Girardi’s club making a one-day stop for a doubleheader with the Cleveland Indians, who have heated up with an 8-1 mark in their last nine home dates.

Game 1 – Masterson (5-2, 3.67 ERA) vs Phelps (1-1, 5.02 ERA)

Cleveland’s Justin Masterson squares off with New York’s David Phelps in a duel of right-handed starters for the early opener.

Masterson lasted seven innings in Wednesday’s 4-3 win for Cleveland over the Oakland Athletics, cashing as a 111 home favorite. The Jamaica native gave up all three of Oakland’s runs, allowing four hits and two walks.

Phelps has logged a pair of no-decision’s in his two starts, with the most recent one coming this past Wednesday against the Colorado Rockies. The 26-year-old allowed two earned runs over six innings in a 3-2 victory for New York as a 113 road dog. 

April’s series between these foes saw the Yankees sweep two wins at Progressive Field, outscoring the Indians by a combined margin of 25-7. New York notched 31 hits over the pair of battles, with the OVER easily collecting at 2-0. 

MLB odds first opened Masterson as a 145 favorite, while first setting the ‘total’ at eight with a minus 115 lean to the UNDER. Cleveland’s weather forecast calls for a 45 degree afternoon, with a 21 percent chance of rain and 11 mph winds blowing left-to-right. 

I am backing Phelps and the Yankees with my MLB picks in this opening matchup, taking a price of plus 125 odds. 

New York is 4-0 in its last four road games against right-handed starters, while notching a 21-8 record in its last 29 spots played as the first game of a doubleheader. Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano has hit 6-for-13 in his last four outings, including two homers, while having an 8-for-19 career mark facing Masterson. 

MLB Pick:  New York Yankees +125 at Ladbrokes

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Game 2 – Bauer (1-1, 2.70 ERA) vs Nuno (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

The afternoon’s second tilt has Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer slated to oppose Yankees southpaw Vidal Nuno.

Bauer’s last MLB start came May 1 for Cleveland against the Philadelphia Phillies, holding his foes to one hit over five frames as a 118 home dog in a 6-0 victory. The 22-year-old then moved for a start this past Tuesday with the Triple-A Columbus Clippers, allowing no hits over 6 2/3 IP as part of a no-decision. 

Nuno’s sole action for New York came last month in three innings of relief, holding the Houston Astros scoreless on four hits. The rookie made four starts for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders prior to that, logging a 2-0 record with a 1.54 ERA. 

I am adding a ticket on the OVER for the second of my free picks in this duel, looking for both lineups to hang some runs against these arms. 

The OVER is 6-2 in the second game of New York’s last eight doubleheader spots, while the same wager is 9-3 in Cleveland’s last 12 home dates against left-handed starters. Bauer brings a sizable 1.60 WHIP and .364 OBP into this battle, while two of the 13 hits Nuno gave up in the minors were home runs. 

MLB Pick:  OVER at Bet365

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