Cleveland Indians vs. Boston Red Sox - 8/15/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Boston Red Sox (63-52) at Cleveland Indians (66-48)
MLB Baseball: Monday, August 15, 2016 at 1:10 pm (Progressive Field)
D Pomeranz (8-9) (3.03) vs. J Tomlin (11-5) (4.18)
The Line: Cleveland Indians -115 / Boston Red Sox +105 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: NESN, STOH
Coming up on Monday in MLB action, we’ve got a one-off game between the Boston Red Sox and the Cleveland Indians from Progressive Field.
The Red Sox are coming off a three-game set with the Diamondbacks this weekend. Boston won the first two games by a combined 15-7 score, and on Sunday the Sox finished off the pummeling with a 16-2 final.
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As for the Indians, they tangled with the Angels in a long series this weekend. Cleveland dominated the first three games by a combined 32-8 score, and in Sunday’s finale things were a little closer with a 5-4 Indians win.
For Monday’s game, the Red Sox will be bringing out Drew Pomeranz to the mound. In his 22 starts and 8-9 record this year, Pomeranz owns a 3.03 ERA with a 1.17 WHIP in 127.2 innings of work. In his last appearance—a no-decision against the Yankees—Pomeranz went 5.1 innings with six hits and just one earned.
Boston definitely has some marquis hitters at their disposal. Mookie Betts leads the way with 154 hits, 26 homers, 95 RBI and 80 runs. Xander Bogaerts has put up 147 hits with 82 runs and 69 RBI. Dustin Pedroia holds 140 hits with 53 RBI and 76 runs.
Over on the Indians’ side, we’ll be seeing right-hander Josh Tomlin in the starting role Monday. In his 21 games and 11-5 record this year, Tomlin has put up a 4.18 ERA with a 1.19 WHIP in 129.1 innings of work. Tomlin took a loss his last time out in Washington, going just four innings with eight hits and seven earned.
Cleveland isn’t exactly hurting for hitting either. Francisco Lindor heads the charge on 138 hits with 80 runs and 61 RBI. Jason Kipnis has logged 129 hits with 71 runs, 20 homers and 65 RBI. Mike Napoli sits on 29 homers with 84 RBI, 109 hits and 76 runs.
The Red Sox are 4-0 in their last four game ones of a series, and 1-5 in their last six against the American League Central. Boston is also 4-11 in their last 15 games versus a right-handed starter and 2-5 in their last seven road games against a right-handed starter.
As for the Indians, they’re 14-6 in their last 20 game ones of a series, and 12-25 in their last 37 Monday games. Cleveland is also 9-2 in Tomlin’s last 11 home starts, and 23-7 in Tomlin’s last 30 starts.
I think the better-rested team here will be Cleveland, and it’ll show up on the scoreboard with Tomlin on the mound—who I think will bounce back from a couple of bad outings lately. I’ll take the Indians.