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Boston Red Sox vs. Cleveland Indians - 8/17/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cleveland Indians (54-61) at Boston Red Sox (52-64)

MLB Baseball: Monday, August 17, 2015 at 7:10 pm (Fenway Park)

D Salazar (10-6) (3.26) vs. S Wright (5-4) (4.09)

The Line: Boston Red Sox +110 / Cleveland Indians -120 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds

TV: NESN, SportsTime Ohio

The Cleveland Indians travel to Fenway Park to begin  as series with the Boston Red Sox.

The Cleveland Indians have been playing well of late but it won’t be enough to get back in the playoff conversation. The Indians offense never lent a helping hand in a 4-1 defeat at Target Field Sunday and a strong performance on the mound went for naught. Starter Carlos Carrasco fell to 11-9 with a pair of runs given up on six hits and three bases on balls over seven frames with Zach McAllister charged with two runs in 1/3 of an inning. The Tribe mustered six hits and walked three times with Abraham Almonte smacking a sacrifice fly that drove in Ryan Rayburn.  A red hot Danny Salazar faces the Red Sox for the first time in his career on Monday. Salazar comes off of a 2-1 win versus the Yankees with a solo homer accounting for the lone run over 7.1 frames.

Boston Red Sox vs. Cleveland Indians - 8/17/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Boston Red Sox looked to be going on a tear the way they had been swinging the bats. The Red Sox had been scoring runs in bunches in back to back wins versus Seattle but didn’t score enough in a 10-8, 12 inning defeat to the Mariners on Sunday. The Red Sox saw starter Henry Owens allow seven runs on ten hits including three homers before Craig Breslow gave up two in the 12th to take the loss. The offense pounded out 13 hits and walked eight times with Xander Bogaerts going deep and driving in three while Rusney Castillo went solo while Brock Holt was 3-5 with three runs. Matt Barnes makes his first career start when he opposes the Indians in the series opener Monday. Barnes has made 21 appearances out of the bullpen where he has gone 3-2 with a 5.64 ERA.

Cleveland are 7-19 in their last 26 Monday games. The over is 9-1 in Boston’s last 10 home games and  is 7-1 in their last 8 games as a home underdog while going  8-3-1 in Boston’s last 12 games as an underdog. Cleveland are 3-8in the last 11 meetings in Boston. I guess I’ll go with the known in Salazar whether that’s the right strategy or not…

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Cleveland -120

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