Daytime Betting: Cleveland Indians at New York Yankees Pro Baseball Preview

The Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees continue a weekend series Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium

Cleveland Indians at New York Yankees

New York Yankees SP Bartolo Colon has won his last two starts

Cleveland has lost 12 of its last 16 games and has seen its seven-game lead in the American League Central reduced to one.  The Indians did show some life after being down 11-2 in the seventh inning, losing the game by four runs.  “The kids didn’t roll over,” said Indians manager Manny Acta.  “They put some good at-bats together at the end and forced them to bring in Mariano in a game that looked like it was one-sided.”  It’s been important this season for the club to jump on its opponent early, registering a 15-3 record when scoring in the first inning, but the Yankees surged ahead by leading 3-0 after the first frame.  Cleveland is 25-18 versus right-handed starters this season and 10-10 in day games.

Indians starting pitcher Mitch Talbot is an even 2-2 with a 4.18 ERA in five starts this season and has alternated wins and losses over his last four outings.  The right-hander was handed a 2-0 home defeat to the Rangers last time out, giving up two runs on eight hits over six innings.  Talbot has tallied a perfect 2-0 mark and 0.61 ERA in two road starts, as opponents are hitting just .208 against him.  In two career games versus the Yankees, he is 0-1 with a 4.32 ERA, including giving up three runs and nine hits over 6 1/3 innings at Yankee Stadium.

New York opened a 10-game homestand at Yankee Stadium by getting swept by Boston in three games, but bounced back nicely with an 11-7 victory over Cleveland.  The Yankees have still won seven of their last 11 games and are 14-8 since May 17.  Offensively, the club continues to lead the Majors in home runs (92) and multi-HR games (28) in 2011.  This has led to the offense producing 47.9 percent of its runs via the long ball.  Picking up back-to-back victories is a definitive possibility this afternoon due to the Bronx Bombers entering with a sensational 15-3 record in day games, while also scoring 6.39 runs per day game.  New York is just 18-16 at home this season after producing a 137-72 mark over the last two-plus campaigns.

Yankees starting pitcher Bartolo Colon will be making his 13th appearance (10th start) of the season, entering with a 4-3 record and 3.39 ERA.  The right-hander has tallied consecutive victories in his last two outings, allowing three runs and 10 hits over 14 1/3 innings.  Colon has registered a 1-2 record and 4.33 ERA in five home games (three starts), issuing 10 walks and compiling 26 strikeouts in 27 frames.  In eight career starts versus the Indians, he has produced a 4-3 mark and 4.00 ERA.

Bettors will likely back the Yankees due to their 84-38 record versus right-handers at home, while the Indians are 0-5 against righties

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