New York Yankees at Cleveland Indians 7/7/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Josh Schonwald - 7/6/2014
Monday, July 7, 2014, 7:05 PM on ESPN, YES, STOh
Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio
New York Yankees - Nuno, V (2-5) vs. Cleveland Indians - Masterson, J (4-5)
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Monday night, the New York Yankees will send Vidal Nuno to the hill to take on the Cleveland Indians and Justin Masterson. Nuno makes his 15th start and 18th appearance as Masterson makes his 19th start.
Vidal Nuno took the loss his last time out and that dropped his record to 2 - 5 with a 5.42 ERA. In the loss, Nuno surrendered 4 runs on 8 hits in 5 innings. He walked 2 and struck out 5. The Yankees are limited on who they can insert into the starting rotation and that might keep Nuno safe for a while. Last season, he started just 3 games and made 2 relief appearances en route to a 1 - 2 record with a 2.25 ERA.
During his rookie campaign in 2013, Nuno won his only start against the Indians behind 5 innings of shutout ball. The 7 Indians that have faced him before are batting just .133 with 2 hits in 15 at-bats.
Justin Masterson pitched to his 3rd straight no-decision in his last outing and that held his record at 4 - 5 with a 5.16 ERA. In that start, Masterson allowed 3 runs and 7 hits (including a homer) in just 3 innings of work. He walked 3 while striking out 7. Unless he makes a stunning turnaround, he won't be able to match 2013's 14 - 10 record and 3.45 ERA in 29 starts and 3 relief appearances.
Last season, Masterson was 1 - 1 with a 4.11 ERA in 2 starts against the Yankees. The Yankees aren't hitting Masterson that well but they are piling on the runs and he will have to keep them off the bases if he wants a win.
New York Yankees Betting Trends
New York Yankees are 37-46-1 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for New York Yankees is -0.4
Cleveland Indians Betting Trends
Cleveland Indians are 43-38-3 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Cleveland Indians is -0.2
Injuries to Watch
New York Yankees
05/11/14 P CC Sabathia Knee 60-day DL (5/11)
05/06/14 P Michael Pineda Shoulder 60-day DL (4/24)
04/20/14 P Ivan Nova Elbow 60-day DL (4/20); out for season
06/12/14 1B Jason Giambi Knee 15-day DL (6/12)
05/15/14 RF Nyjer Morgan Knee 60-day DL (5/14)
Josh's Pick: Take Cleveland
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