MLB betting (August 29): Indians, Yankees in possible playoff preview

Updated: August 28, 2017

The last time Corey Kluber faced the Yankees, the Indians ace went the distance in a Cleveland victory on August 3. The right-hander will look to repeat his success against Luis Severino and New York on Monday in a battle of the AL Central-leading Indians and the Yankees, who hold the top spot in the AL Wild Card standings; overall record: 260-14-236, +31.59 units


MLB best of the day: Cleveland Indians (73-56, 37-27 away) @ New York Yankees (70-59, 37-23 home)
Where: Yankee Stadium, New York, NY
When: Tuesday, August 29, 9.10am (AET)
Starters: Corey Kluber (CLE, 12-4, 2.65 ERA), Luis Severino (NYY, 11-5, 3.10 ERA)
Prices: Cleveland $1.96, New York $1.96, O/U 7.5

Confirmed bet: -7 (two units @ $2.05)

TIW says: With fewer than 40 games to play in the regular season, it’s a good time to look at the latest standings and the playoff picture. Little has changed in the AL Central and AL West where the Cleveland Indians (6.5 games) and the Houston Astros (13.5 games) continue to hold a comfortably buffer over the chasing pack. But there are nervous weeks ahead in Boston where the lead of the Red Sox has been slashed to 3.5 games by the New York Yankees. That means the Bronx Bombers are also at the head of the AL Wild Card standings with a 3.5-game buffer over the Twins. Another six teams lie within three games of Minnesota, so it’s going to be a fascinating run to the line.

It’s a similar story in the National League where Washington in the East (12 games) and the LA Dodgers in the West (19 games) look home and hosed. Last year’s World Series champion Chicago Cubs managed to nose ahead of the Brewers in the NL Central but haven’t been able to shake them off. The Cubs lead is just two games over Milwaukee with the Cardinals just 2.5 games further back. The two sides trailing the Dodgers, Arizona and Colorado, occupy the top two spots in the NL Wild Card standings ahead of the Brewers. The Marlins and Cardinals are the only other teams with six games of the leaders.


Two of those leading AL contenders – the Yankees and Indians – kick-off an intriguing three-game series in New York tonight. If New York catch Boston for the AL East title then they would probably face the Indians in the ALDS. New York split a four-game series in Cleveland earlier this month. Just one of those games was decided by fewer than four runs. Neither team is close to 100 per cent for this series. The Yankees remain without DH Matt Holliday, while Cleveland’s injury list grew last week with starting pitcher Danny Salazar, ace reliever Andrew Miller and second baseman Jason Kipnis added to the DL. Both sides will field their aces tonight.

Corey Kluber (pictured above) will pitch for the Indians against while Luis Severino will take the ball for the Yankees. Kluber is 12-4 with a 2.65 ERA, and 4-1 with a 1.89 ERA in five starts this month as well as 5-1 with a 2.43 ERA in eight starts since the All-Star break. Kluber led the Indians to a 5-1 win over New York in Cleveland on August 3, producing a 106-pitch, three-hit complete game. New York’s current roster is hitting a combined .167 (20-for-120) with 37 strikeouts against Kluber. Severino is 6-1 with a 2.16 ERA in his eight starts since the All-Star break. The one loss was on August 12 when he allowed 10 runs (eight earned) against the Red Sox.


Other confirmed bets (card finalised)

Boston Red Sox @ Toronto Blue Jays -8.5 (one unit @ $1.83)
Detroit Tigers @ Colorado Rockies -1.5 (one unit @ $1.87)
Atlanta Braves WIN @ Philadelphia Phillies (one unit @ $2.36)
Seattle Mariners @ Baltimore Orioles WIN (one unit @ $1.88)


Today’s other games

Miami Marlins @ Washington Nationals
Pittsburgh Pirates @ Chicago Cubs
Tampa Bay Rays @ Kansas City Royals
Oakland Athletics @ Los Angeles Angels
San Francisco Giants @ San Diego Padres


Saturday’s results: 3-0-4, -1.42 units

Baltimore Orioles @ Boston Red Sox -1.5 (one unit @ $2.21) LOSE (16-3)
Minnesota Twins +1.5 @ Toronto Blue Jays (one unit @ $1.85) WIN (6-1)
Texas Rangers @ Oakland Athletics +9.5 (one unit @ $1.97) LOSE (1-3)
Houston Astros WIN @ Los Angeles Angels (one unit @ $2.02) WIN (2-1)
San Francisco Giants @ Arizona Diamondbacks -1.5 (one unit @ $1.81) LOSE (3-4)
Tampa Bay Rays +1.5 @ St. Louis Cardinals (one unit @ $1.71) WIN (7-3)
Chicago Cubs @ Philadelphia Phillies +8.5 (one unit @ $1.91) LOSE (1-7)



• Selections are listed in three categories – 1) Suggested (likely bet but yet to be finalised); 2) Confirmed (locked in at the price listed); and 3) Leans (tips, but not recommended bets); all times quoted are Australian Eastern Time (AET); prices with thanks to Unibet (except where markets are not available), correct at time of publication. Bets void if listed pitchers do not start. Results/comments on today’s games/races will follow in the next post.

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