MLB ALDS Game 1 New York Yankees vs. Cleveland Indians Betting Lines

Posted by Peter Boysen on October 5, 2017 in

The New York Yankees and Cleveland Indians will start their Best of 5 Series on Thursday with the MLB ALDS Game 1 in Cleveland. The New York Yankees won the wildcard game over the Minnesota Twins, with 8 runs. The Yankees trailed the game early 3-0 but bounced back to win by 4 runs. The Yankees went 91-71 in the regular season, finishing 2 games back of the Boston Red Sox in the American League East.

The Cleveland Indians started the postseason with the best record in all of Major League Baseball The Indians won 102 games and beat the Minnesota Twins by 17 games in the American League Central. The Cleveland Indians are favorites to win this game and this series. The game on Thursday sees the Cleveland Indians at -145.

MLB ALDS Game 1 New York Yankees vs. Cleveland Indians Betting Lines

  • Where: Progressive Field; Cleveland, OH
  • When: Thursday, October 5, 2017; 6:38 pm CT
  • Spread: Cleveland Indians -145
  • Total: 8.5

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Why Bet the Cleveland Indians in MLB ALDS Game 1?

The Cleveland Indians were an inning away from winning the World Series a season ago, and Terry Francona has a better team this season. The Indians ran off that incredible run, which led them to finish with the highest run differential in all baseball. Cleveland scored 818 runs but allowed just 564 on the season.

The Indians on the offensive side saw Edwin Encarnacion start slow, but he wrapped up his first season with the Indians hitting 38 home runs and driving in 107 runs. Jose Ramirez is an MVP candidate out of the American League, as he led the team with a .318 batting average. As a team, the Indians ranked 6th in runs scored and 5th with a .263 average.

Why Bet the New York Yankees in MLB ALDS Game 1?

Luis Severino was terrible for the Yankees in their wildcard win over the Twins. Thankfully, Joe Girardi has seen his bullpen bail him out most of the season. The Yankees starting pitching finished the season with just 75 quality starts, which is just outside the Top 10. The Yankees though may have one of the most well-rounded lineups in baseball.

Aaron Judge and the Yankees are ready for the MLB ALDS Game 1.

We all hear about Aaron Judge, and his ability to hit the baseball out of the ballpark. But, the Yankees lineup has seen guys all over contribute. The Yankees saw Didi Gregorius lead the team with a .287 batting average, and hit a huge game-tying home run in the win over the Twins on Tuesday. New York hit .262 as a team.

Latest MLB ALDS Game 1 Betting Trends

  • NY Yankees is 15-8 ATS in its last 23 games
  • NY Yankees is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of NY Yankees’ last 7 games
  • Cleveland is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Cleveland is 21-4 SU in its last 25 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cleveland’s last 5 games

Expert Pick and Prediction for MLB ALDS Game 1

Game 1 of the best of 5 series will see Trevor Bauer get the start over Corey Kluber for the Indians. Terry Francona is going to use Bauer, who won 17 games in the regular season. He finished with a 4.19 earned run average and struck out nearly 200 batters. The 226-year-old righthander has won 47 career games as a starting pitcher.

For the New York Yankees, Sonny Gray gets the start. Gray will look to give the bullpen some rest, after retiring all but one of the Twins batters on Tuesday. Gray finished the season with 4 wins as a Yankee, and a 3.72 earned run average. Look for Cleveland to use their timely hitting they have had all season and beat the Yankees. Bet the Cleveland Indians -145 over the New York Yankees.

Pick: Cleveland Indians -145