Free ALDS Series Prediction: Yankees vs Indians Odds
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2017 ALDS Free Series Picks & Odds
The MLB Playoffs are completely wide open.
The field is stacked and seems like anybody can beat anybody here in 2017.
The Yankees come in off a Wild Card win and will now look to take down the AL favorites in Cleveland.
The Indians unfinished business is something they hope to tend to here, as they fell one run short of a World Title.
2017 ALDS Free Series Prediction: Offense
Both of these teams are stacked offensively.
We saw just how the Yankees can hit in their Wild Card win. After going down 3-0 right away, they had zero issues erasing that lead the next half inning.
This offense is surrounded by Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez, two hitters that can flip the script in any game or situation. The middle of the diamond is a huge producer for the Yankees as well.
Starlin Castro (.300 BA, 16 HR, 63 RBI) and Didi Gregorius (.287 BA, 25 HR, 87 RBI) have been on base causing havoc a lot this year.
Then on the other side of things you have the Cleveland Indians, who saw this offense flourish in 2017.
Cleveland is stacked in every which way at every position. Around the infield you go from Francisco Lindor, to Jose Ramirez, to Carlos Santana who has heated up in the 2nd half of the season.
Don’t forget about DH Edwin Encarnacion, who has just been on absolute tear and surpassed the 100 RBI mark.
The outfield has a lot of depth and matchup wise they are set there. Along with that, Michael Brantley will be carried on the roster, who missed a lot of this season with an ankle injury. His productivity level is one of the best in the MLB.
Edge: Cleveland Indians
Cleveland’s offense has been clicking on all cylinders this season. Don’t sleep on this Yankees lineup by any means, but the Indians lineup has that firepower to fight back if needed.
2017 ALDS Free Series Prediction: Pitching
New York saw Luis Severino not able to make it through an inning in the Wild Card Game and that is a huge reason for concern. Severino has been the backbone to this lineup and while he will get a start likely in Game 3 or 4, not able to depend on him is a huge blow for this Yankees staff.
While the rotation still isn’t set the Indians should see a dosage of Gray and Tanaka in the early part of this series.
Both starters have been solid as of late and pose a big threat to this Indians lineup.
Bullpen wise, this Yankees one is certainly underrated. New York Robertson, Betances, and Chapman at the back end, a trio you do not want to get to while being down.
Cleveland’s pitching staff has been just absolutely dominant. This staff won 22 straight games and their starters combined ERA was under 2.00.
Trevor Bauer, who was nearly kicked out of the rotation after the All Star Break, has been a huge part of this rotation. Bauer has absolutely flourished since that rough start in Oakland, as he boasted an ERA of just 2.31 in August and 2.90 in September down the stretch.
Behind him Corey Kluber and Carlos Carrasco, both sit with a league lead 18 wins. Kluber is the frontrunner for the Cy Young and has plenty of playoff experience from last season.
Bullpen wise, the Smith-Shaw-Miller-Allen pack in the back of the bullpen is one of the best, if not the best in baseball. It will be interesting to see how Andrew Miller gets used, as he battled a knee injury in September.
Edge: Cleveland Indians
The Indians get the edge here as this starting staff was easily the best this season. The Playoffs are a time where anyone can beat anyone, but if this rotation pitches like they did in August and September, there will be stopping the Tribe.
2017 ALDS Free Series Prediction: Yankees vs. Indians
The Yankees are a dangerous opponent, no doubt about it. They have the pitching and hitting to compete with this Indians club.
This will come down to if this Indians staff pitches like they did over the last two months.
There was no hitting this rotation, top to bottom, from any team down the stretch. Look for Cleveland to really be motivated here after last season, as that certainly plays a factor heading into this one.
2017 ALDS Prediction: Cleveland in 4
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