New York Yankees (57-48) vs. Cleveland Indians (57-48)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, August 3rd, 7:10 pm EST
Sonny Gray (6-5, 3.43 ERA) vs. Danny Salazar (4-5, 4.63 ERA)
Line: Cleveland -150?NY Yankees +140
This is by far the most interesting series over the weekend, as the Yankees go to Cleveland and face off against the Tribe for four straight games. The Yankees lost their lead in the division when the Indians gave up three runs in the bottom of the ninth to the Red Sox on Tuesday night. That just adds fuel to this series, not that it needs it. Both teams are 57-48 as of this writing with one more game each so it’s very possible they come in with the same record.
This game also features the debut of Sonny Gray who the Yankees just recently picked up in a trade with the Oakland A’s. Most people think the Yankees were able to get Gray without giving up much and won the trade easily. Now, it’s Gray’s turn to prove he is as good as the Yankees think. After all, this will be his first pennant race of his career.
Gray makes Yanks debut
Sonny Gray makes his New York Yankee debut on Thursday, in a big game for both teams. I know it’s very early August, but both of these teams are in pennant races and possibly wild card races if they don’t hold on or near the division lead. Gray didn’t get that pitching for Oakland, so we have to see how reacts to the pressure. He seems like he’s got the personality for it, but we’ll just have to see.
On the year, his numbers have been very solid. He comes into Thursday’s contest with an ERA of 3.43 and a record of 6-5. No, it’s not that many wins, but he was playing for a last place team who struggled to put runs on the board. He’ll certainly appreciate Aaron Judge and the added run support he’ll now be getting.
Salazar opposes Gray
Danny Salazar gets the call for the Indians on Thursday, looking to recapture the form he had at the beginning of last season before he got hurt. He came back in the playoffs, but didn’t get to pitch enough to show what he has. He got off to a pretty bad start this year, but he’s turned that around and pitched fantastic over his last two starts.
He’s gone a total of 13 innings in his last two starts and given up only four hits and two earned runs. Two starts back, he went seven innings and gave up zero runs and only one hit. He followed that by going six innings and only giving up three hits and two earned runs. He’s definitely picked it up and I see a return to form from Salazar over the last two months.
The New York Yankees are:
- (no trends available)
The Cleveland Indians are:
- 9-3 in their last 12 overall.
- 5-1 in their last 6 during game 1 of a series.
- 10-1 in their last 11 home games.
- 19-7 in their last 26 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
I think Sonny Gray will grow into his position in the Yankees rotation and will be fine down the stretch. I think he will have some first game jitters on Thursday, however, and I think the Indians may get to him just enough, while Salazar pitchers well. I’m feeling 4-2 Indians.