New York Yankees vs. Cleveland Indians – MLB, September 30, 2020

By Admir Aljic in MLB
| September 30, 2020 12:39 am PDT

The New York Yankees and Cleveland Indians will face off against each other Wednesday night at Progressive Field in Cleveland in Game 2 of their American League best-of-three first-round playoff series. 

The Yankees are one step away from the second round after dismantling the Indians 12-3 in the opener on Tuesday night. The hosts will play with their backs against the wall in this one, so we should see a very interesting contest.

Therefore, I bring you the best Yankees vs. Indians betting pick and tips for Wednesday’s showdown in Cleveland along with the latest odds and team news.

Yankees vs. Indians Odds

BET ODDS
Yankees -1.5 +130
Indians +1.5 -150
Yankees to Win -135
Indians to Win +115
Over 8.0 +100
Under 8.0 -120

The Yankees finished the regular season at the second spot of the AL East with a 33-27 record, earning the No. 5 seed in the American League. The Indians finished second in the AL Central with a 35-25 record, but they are still listed as underdogs in this clash.

New York’s regular-season strength of schedule was arguably tougher than the Indians’, and the Yankees are undoubtedly a much better offensive team than Cleveland.

Yankees vs. Indians Preview

I don’t want to be rude, but the Indians don’t deserve anything from these playoffs despite having some excellent pitching staff. At least, it was excellent in the regular season, posting the second-best ERA of 3.29, while the Indians’ relievers owned the fifth-best ERA of 3.53.

However, the Indians are terrible offensively. They are scoring only 4.13 runs per game (25th in the majors) on a .228 batting average (23rd) and .372 slugging percentage (26th). I know that pitching is the essence of baseball, but with this kind of offense, the Indians deserve to finish their trip here.

Furthermore, Cleveland started Shane Bieber in Game 1, and the righty entered the postseason as the best pitcher in the MLB in 2020, carrying a 1.74 ERA and 0.87 WHIP. He surrendered seven earned runs on nine hits in 4.2 innings of work last night.

Carlos Carrasco will toe the slab for the Indians in Game 2, and the righty went 3-4 with a 2.91 ERA and 1.21 WHIP in 12 starts this past regular season. He’s 5-5 with a 4.04 ERA in nine starts and three relief appearances against the Yankees in his career.

Masahiro Tanaka will take the mound for the Yankees, and he was 3-3 with a 3.56 ERA and 1.17 WHIP in the regular season. The righty will look for this third straight victory, and Tanaka is 2-2 with a 4.00 ERA in six career starts against Cleveland.

The Yankees are tallying 5.25 runs per game (4th). They are 14th in batting average (.247) and seventh in slugging percentage (.447).

Yankees vs. Indians Pick

New York humiliated Cleveland in the opener, and I expect to see a much tighter contest Wednesday night. Both Carrasco and Tanaka have impressed in September, especially the Indians’ ace, so we shouldn’t expect another firecracker at Progressive Field.

Still, I cannot back the Indians to win anything with their offense. The Yankees saved their best arms in the bullpen last night, and they should be fired up following a big night at the plate against Shane Bieber. Therefore, give me the Yankees at moneyline odds.

The Yankees are 12-6 in their last 18 meetings with the Indians. Also, the Bombers are 6-4 in their previous 10 outings in the postseason, while the Indians have dropped seven straight playoff games.

Pick
  • Yankees to Win
    -135

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