Cleveland Guardians vs. New York Yankees ALDS Game 2 Betting Preview
If you get down 2-0 in a best-of-five series, your chances of coming back and winning the series are slim to none. If you get down 2-0 in a series against a team like the Yankees, your chances are even lower.
The Cleveland Guardians will enter Game 2 in must-win fashion, and they will do so with ace Shane Bieber on the mound and leading the charge.
The Guardians dropped Game 1 by a score of 4-1 on Tuesday night. Rookie-sensation Steven Kwan hit a home run, but that was all the offense had to offer in the game. They had plenty of opportunites to score more runs, but they just left too many runners on base and missed too many chances.
Game 2 Odds:
According to betJACK, the Guardians will once again come in as underdogs. The Yankees moneline bet comes in at (-152), while the Guardians come in at plus-money, sitting at (+135).
Total runs for this game sit at 6.5, and the Guardians are featured at +1.5 on the run-line with odds of (-186) to cover.
While Bieber did not have a very fast start to the season, post All-Star Break he has been lights out.
Bieber had a dominant outing in Game 1 of the Wild Card series, going 7.2 innings and allowing just one run in a 2-1 Guardians win.
On the mound for the Yankees will be Nestor Cortes, who is a really solid lefty and number two option for the Yankees behind Gerrit Cole.
It will be interesting to see how manager Terry Francona counters the Yankees' throwing a lefty, as we all know how he can get very strategic with his lineups, sometimes to a degree that the fans begin to question heavily.
The key to this game will be the same as all the others in this series; have your starting pitching keep you in the game and jump on the Yankees bullpen.
The biggest question mark for the Yankees is their bullpen, as they have many guys injured and their once-stacked bullpen seems to be super depleted. Now, with the game being moved to Friday, the Yankees will really have to dig deep into their bullpen and be strategic to figure out how they can manage their arms.
Taking a primetime game away from the Yankee' faithful really helps the Guardians out as well, more than you might think. We'll see how it all plays out, but again, this could really benefit the Guardians.
If the Guardians can get runners on base like they did in Game 1, but this time bring them around to score instead of leaving them on base, they should be in good shape and be in the game all the way until the end.
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