Boston Red Sox vs. Cleveland Indians MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/12/14
Cleveland Indians (33-32) at Boston Red Sox (29-35)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Fenway Park)
Josh Tomlin (R) (3-2) (3.133) vs. Jon Lester (L) (6-7) (3.522)
The Line: Boston Red Sox -167 / Cleveland Indians +157 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: STO, NESN
The Cleveland Indians will head to Fenway Park to play the Boston Red Sox in game one of a four-game series on Thursday.
The Indians head into this matchup losing two straight to the Kansas City Royals, but have won seven of their 10 games this month. The Indians continue to get the job done offensively, as they’ve scored four or more runs in six of their last eight games and are 27-8 when scoring more than three runs this season. Michael Brantley has 12 hits in his last 10 games and Lonnie Chisenhall has 17 RBI in his last 10 games. Josh Tomlin takes the mound, and he’s 4-2 with 3.12 ERA and has 35 strikeouts in 40.1 innings. Tomlin is 1-1 with a 7.17 ERA in three career games against the Red Sox.
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The Red Sox continue to struggle, losing seven of their last nine games and falling seven games below a .500 record. As has been the case all season, the Red Sox offense isn’t getting the job done, producing three or less runs in six of their last nine games. A.J. Pierzynski has hit safely in seven of his last 10 games and Dustin Pedroia has nine hits in as many games. The Red Sox are 3-22 when scoring less than four runs. Jon Lester gets the start, and he’s 6-7 with a 3.52 ERA and has 95 strikeouts in 84.1 innings. Lester is 6-1 with a 3.43 ERA in 13 career starts against the Indians.
The Indians are 2-11 in their last 13 road games vs. a left-handed starter and 4-1 in their last 5 vs. American League East. The Red Sox are 15-7 in Lester's last 22 home starts and 1-4 in Lester's last 5 home starts vs. a team with a winning record. The Red Sox are 4-0 in Lester's last 4 starts vs. Indians.
It's hard to argue with Lester's career success against the Indians and a return home should help the Sox. If you don't mind the heavy juice, take Boston.