Saturday, August 6, 2016

Game Preview: New York Yankees vs. Cleveland Indians 8/6

The New York Yankees and the Cleveland Indians will continue their three-game weekend set today with some afternoon baseball here in the Bronx. Before we get too involved in this game preview I just have to say this, Andrew Miller looks kind of weird in that Cleveland Indians uniform after wearing the pinstripes for what felt like so long. Doesn’t he? Anyway I just had to get that off my chest. Today the Yankees will send CC Sabathia to the mound to square off against the Indians starter and ace Corey Kluber.

Sabathia used to pitch for the Cleveland Indians and the Indians never let him forget that when he pitches against his former team. Sabathia has struggled throughout his career against the team that drafted him and brought him up to the Major Leagues and he has especially struggled against them in his last three starts posting a 5.65 ERA with eight walks and five strikeouts.

Kluber won an AL Cy Young Award two seasons ago and took a step back in 2015 but the ace has once again regained his form in 2016 for the Indians. In his last start Kluber threw seven shutout innings against the Oakland Athletics in a victory for Cleveland. Kluber allowed just five hits with 7 K’s in the contest.

The game will be played at 1:05 pm ET inside Yankee Stadium and can be seen on the YES Network, MLB Network and MLB TV. I know the Yankees took three-of-four from these Indians before the All-Star break about a month ago but these are a different set of Indians and definitely a different set of Yankees meaning this weekend series could hurt. A lot. It’s already bad enough seeing Andrew Miller pitching on the other side of the field in the opposing team’s bullpen but at least we have Gary Sanchez to watch and a few more prospects to salivate over. All we need now is a win. Go Yankees!

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