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MLB Odds: Cleveland Preparing for Pitchers’ Duel vs. Yankees

It was a bit of a surprise last year when the New York Yankees bounced Cleveland from the American League Division Series. Now the Yankees (59-30, plus-8.83 betting units) are unquestionably one of the best teams in baseball, and they’ll be a tough out when they visit the Tribe (49-40, minus-9.26 units) this Thursday at 7:10 PM ET on the MLB Network.

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Nothing’s set in stone, but it looks like Luis Severino (2.12 ERA) will take the mound for New York opposite two-time and reigning AL Cy Young winner Corey Kluber (2.49 ERA). This is a pitching matchup for the ages; Severino is the best starter in the majors this year, racking up 13.35 units in earnings on a team record of 17-2, while Cleveland is 0.32 units in the red behind Kluber despite winning 12 of his 19 appearances.
The main difference between these two clubs in 2018 is the bullpen. The Yankees have arguably the best relief corps in the majors this year, while Cleveland is near the bottom of the pile after injuries to multiple players, none more important than Andrew Miller (1.44 ERA last year). He’s out until the All-Star break with an inflamed right knee.

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