After failing to capitalize against the Orioles, the New York Yankees had no excuse but to beat up on Cleveland this weekend to keep pace in the AL Wild Card race.
And you know what? Aaron Boone’s side did exactly that in the series-opener on Friday by ripping the cover off the ball en route to a 8-0 shutout.
The Yankees mashed five home runs, including two from Joey Gallo and solo shots from the likes of Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner and Giancarlo Stanton.
Let’s hope the bats stay hot in Game 2, because New York is only a half-game up on Toronto for the second Wild Card spot.
What are the oddsmakers saying about the Yankees’ chances to make it two in a row? Let’s take a look at Saturday’s betting preview.
What Time is the Yankees Game Today?
First pitch from Yankee Stadium is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. EST.
What Channel is the Yankees Game on Today?
Saturday’s game can be found on the YES Network for fans in the New York area. Folks in the Cleveland area will have better luck tuning to Bally Sports Ohio.
Yankees vs Indians Odds Today
According to WynnBET, the Yankees are -190 on the money line (bet $190 to win $100), while the Orioles come in at +160 (bet $100 to win $160). New York is also the favorites on the run line, having -105 odds to win cover -1.5, or win by two runs or more. On the flip side, Baltimore is -115 to cover +1.5. (bet $115 to win $100).
The over/under is set at 9.5 runs, with both sides currently sitting at even odds at -110 (bet $110 to win $100).
Yankees Pitcher Today
Luis Gil (1-0, 2.88 ERA) will take the mound for the Yankees this afternoon. The talented young right-hander will be opposed by Aaron Civale (10-4, 3.76 ERA), who’s impressive season has really flown under the radar with the Indians firmly out of the playoff race.
Civale has made one start against the Yankees this season and the third-year pro actually held up pretty well, allowing three runs on four hits to go with six strikeouts in 5.1 innings of work.
Three runs could get the job done with Gil toeing the rubber, but the 23-year-old has come back down to earth over his last two starts. During that span, he’s surrendered eight earned runs and an alarming eight walks, though seven of those came back on Sept. 8 vs Toronto, and three home runs in just 9.1 innings.
Yankees Starting Lineup
Stay tuned! The lineup will drop closer to first pitch.
Yankees vs Indians Prediction Today
The Yankees are favored for a reason, folks. The discrepancy in talent between these rosters is evident and we’d argue that Gil, as long he has command of his stuff, gives them the pitching advantage.
The offense didn’t show up in the Baltimore series, but we have a weird feeling the bats will piggyback off Friday’s beatdown.
In the end, we’re predicting a comfortable 7-3 Yankees win.
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