Let’s think about this, regarding the Yankees’ offense. A-Rod is hitting .185 in August. Jacoby Ellsbury is under .200 since returning from the Disabled List. I have confidence in this changing, and I have the feeling you do as well – given how consistent Rodriguez was up to this point, and how good Ellsbury was last season, and before the DL.
Plus, Yankees starters are on an absolute tear this past week or so, and Severino pitched well enough his last time out to give you confidence that will continue. The Indians have been very weak at the plate. When it comes down to it, the offense should only need a few runs to put this one away.
Carrasco has actually been better on lefties this season (.222 vs .252 BAA) which might make you fearful, but here’s a split that’s way more lopsided: Carrasco’s BAA jumps from .180 to .304 at home versus on the road. Even though he’s been superb over his last seven starts, he has a weakness at home.
Outside of newly-acquired Chris Johnson, who was 4-for-4 Sunday with two doubles, there’s not too much that’s exciting about the Indians. Michael Brantley is red hot, and Jason Kipnis is Jason Kipnis, but Brandon Moss and Carlos Santana probably aren’t going to burn you.
Bottom line? Severino was tremendous at missing bats in his start last week against Boston, who have struck out the third-fewest times in baseball. Cleveland is three spots worse. If he can prove his ability to do that against these two clubs, his immediate impact could continue to be incredibly useful. Continue reading Half-Hearted Game Preview: 8/11