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New York Yankees at Cleveland Indians

by Thomas Jensen on Thursday, October 4th, 2007

New York Yankees at Cleveland IndiansChien-Ming Wang faces C.C. Sabathia in the opener of the AL Division series between the Yankees and Indians. This is the second straight year that Wang starts the opener for New York in the playoffs. "He doesn't seem to get fazed by too much," Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter said. "You can never tell by his expression." SBG Global reports that early betting has the public taking the favored Yankees on the Road.

New York Yankees at Cleveland Indians
Thursday, 6:30 pm Eastern – TBS

SBG Global Opening Line: Yankees -118, Total 8.5 Over (-120)

The Yankees had a lot of success against the Indians this season going a perfect 6-0 against them. New York hasn't faced Sabathia though since 2004 and Wang hasn't pitched against Cleveland since last year. "We're going to have to go out there and, like we've done so often in the past, go out there and try to match him," said Yankees manager Joe Torre, "That's what Wang's job is — to try to keep things close and, hopefully, win the ballgame."

Wang tied for the Major League lead by forcing 32 double plays, and he had 381 groundouts, which was the third-highest total in the AL. The Indians grounded into the fewest double plays in the league this season and ranked 12th in the AL in ground-ball outs. Wang is 2-1 with a 3.72 ERA in three career starts against the Indians. "He's been able to put everything aside and really focus on what his job is," catcher Jorge Posada said, "and really be focused on what pitches he needs to throw. He's worked really hard and prepared really hard to face a team like the Indians."

Here are the betting statistics for Thursday’s game. The Yankees are 6-0 in their last 6 games vs. a left-handed starter. The Yankees are 4-1 in their last 5 road games. The Yankees are 9-3 in their last 12 games as a road favorite. The Yankees are 10-4 in their last 14 vs. a team with a winning record. The Yankees are 53-23 in their last 76 games as a favorite. The Yankees are 43-19 in their last 62 vs. the American League Central. The Yankees are 50-24 in their last 74 overall. The Yankees are 2-5 in their last 7 Thursday games.

The Yankees are 7-19 in their last 26 road games vs. a left-handed starter. The Yankees are 2-7 in their last 9 playoff games as a favorite. The Yankees are 1-4 in their last 5 Divisional Playoff games. The Yankees are 0-4 in their last 4 playoff road games. The Yankees are 19-3 in Wang's last 22 starts vs. the American League Central. The Yankees are 17-5 in Wang's last 22 road starts. The Yankees are 19-7 in Wang's last 26 starts as a road favorite. The Yankees are 5-0 in the last 5 meetings in Cleveland. The Yankees are 22-8 in the last 30 meetings overall.

SBG Global Current Line: Yankees -122, Total 8.5 Over (-125)

The Indians are 15-3 in their last 18 home games. The Indians are 4-1 in their last 5 games as an underdog. The Indians are 26-9 in their last 35 overall. The Indians are 8-3 in their last 11 home games vs. a right-handed starter. The Indians are 11-5 in their last 16 games as a home underdog. The Indians are 17-8 in their last 25 games vs. a right-handed starter. The Indians are 35-17 in their last 52 Thursday games. The Indians are 3-8 in their last 11 vs. the American League East. The Indians are 2-6 in their last 8 playoff games. The Indians are 6-0 in Sabathia's last 6 starts. The Indians are 4-1 in Sabathia's last 5 starts as an underdog. The Indians are 15-5 in Sabathia's last 20 home starts. The Indians are 11-4 in Sabathia's last 15 starts vs. the American League East. The Indians are 0-6 in Sabathia's last 6 starts vs. the Yankees.

The Over is 6-0 in the Yankees last 6 games as a road favorite. The Under is 6-1 in the Yankees last 7 playoff road games. The Over is 5-1 in the Yankees last 6 road games. The Over is 4-1 in the Yankees last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning record. The Under is 4-1 in the Yankees last 5 Divisional Playoff road games. The Over is 4-1 in the Yankees last 5 road games vs. a left-handed starter. The Under is 9-4 in the Yankees last 13 playoff games. The Over is 4-1 in Wang's last 5 starts overall. The Over is 6-2-1 in Wang's last 9 starts as a road favorite. The Under is 5-2 in Wang's last 7 starts vs. the American League Central.

The Under is 4-0 in the Indians last 4 vs. the American League East. The Under is 5-0 in the Indians last 5 games vs. a right-handed starter. The Under is 5-1 in the Indians last 6 games as an underdog. The Under is 4-1-1 in the Indians last 6 playoff games as an underdog. The Over is 10-4 in the Indians last 14 games a home underdog. The Over is 26-12-1 in the Indians last 39 Thursday games. The Under is 39-19-1 in the Indians last 59 overall. The Under is 8-1 in Sabathia's last 9 starts overall. The Under is 8-1 in Sabathia's last 9 starts as a home underdog. The Under is 5-1 in Sabathia's last 6 home starts. The Under is 13-6-1 in Sabathia's last 20 starts vs. the American League East. The Over is 6-2 in Sabathia's last 8 starts vs. the Yankees. The Over is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings between the two teams.

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