August 29 Prediction: Yankees, Garcia Looks for Revenge vs Indians, Bauer

New York Yankees’ Jaime Garcia (5-8, 4.52 ERA) extended his streak of no decisions to three in his last start versus the Detroit Tigers. While Cleveland Indians’ Trevor Bauer (13-8, 4.59 ERA) got another win despite a relatively poor showing against the Boston Red Sox in his last game. The two are set to face each other for a rematch at Yankee Stadium.

Pitchers

Jaime Garcia, Photo Credit: MLB

Garcia gave up a total of four runs but only two were earned on five hits including one dinger while he only struck out two in four innings against the Tigers. Unfortunately, he hasn’t won a game since his triumph versus the Oakland Raiders on July 28. He’s 0-1 in four starts with a 5.95 ERA this month and to make things worse, his first and only loss in August was against his next opponents when he ended up with a 9.66 ERA versus Cleveland on August 4.

Trevor Bauer, Photo Credit: MLB

On the other hand, Bauer had his second straight triumph to extend his winning streak to six; he only gave up four runs on seven hits including one dinger while he only struck out eight batters in 5.1 frames against the Red Sox. To top it off, he hasn’t lost a game since the Raiders handed him one on July 16 while he’s performed well with a 2.54 ERA since his win streak started on July 21. He was also the one who handed Garcia his only loss this month after he performed well with a 1.29 ERA in their last showdown.

Batters

Cleveland Indians vs Garcia, Photo Credit: MLB

Jay Bruce, Photo Credit: Fox Sports Ohio

 

Jay Bruce has the most experience out of Cleveland’s lineup versus Garcia; he currently has four runs on 12 hits including one dinger in 54 at bats with a relatively low .222/.246/.315 stat line and a .560 OPS against the Yankees starter. He’s just posting a .262/.330/.526 triple slash line and a .856 OPS this year but he has a .297/.384/.563 stat line and a .946 OPS since he joined the Indians on August 10.

New York Yankees vs Bauer, Photo Credit: MLB

Todd Frazier, Photo Credit: MLB

 

While Yankees’ Todd Frazier has been successful against Bauer so far in his career; he’s gotten two runs on six hits including one homer in 19 at bats with a .316/.350/.526 triple slash line and a .876 OPS versus the Indians starter. Unfortunately, he has a .209/.333/.413 stat line and a .746 OPS this season with his batting average reaching a career-low.

Prediction

The Indians may not have the likes of Michael Brantley, Jason Kipnis, and Lonnie Chisenhall in their upcoming match up but Bauer has been performing well against the Yankees throughout his career. While the home team’s starter appears to have lost his touch since his three-game winning streak was snapped by Cleveland in his first start this month. However, the Indians are tied with the Baltimore Orioles in ninth place (640) for the most runs in MLB while the Yankees are currently third (678) but they would have to hit well if they have any chance at winning versus Cleveland.

Projected Winner: Cleveland Indians

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