Cleveland Indians vs. Boston Red Sox ALDS Game One - 10/6/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Boston Red Sox (93-69) at Cleveland Indians (94-67)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 8:08 pm (Progressive Field)
R Porcello (22-4) (3.15) vs. T Bauer (12-8) (4.26)
The Line: Cleveland Indians +120 / Boston Red Sox -130 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
The Boston Red Sox open their ALDS on the road at Progressive Field at the Cleveland Indians.
The Boston Red Sox didn’t dominate the American League East but they did win the division behind a high powered offense that could and often did put runs on the scoreboard in a hurry. The name of the game for Boston is lighting up the scoreboard and nobody did it better at 5.42 runs on an incredible .282 team BA of which both were tops in baseball. The Red Sox were a capable power team as well with 208 homers while showing some speed on the base paths with 83 steals. The Boston pitching wasn’t bad with a 4.00 ERA and 87 quality starts so their arms can’t be ignored. Boston’s Rick Porcello gets the ball in the opener after coming off a career year where he went 22-4 with a 3.15 ERA.
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The Cleveland Indians have had some quality talent in the past several years but with Kansas City and Detroit in the American League Central the team was always on the outside looking in. Not this year as the Indians were solid in all areas and consistent throughout their schedule which is how you win 94 games. The Tribe were able to pitch and hit well and were a bit better offensively with 4.83 runs scored on .252 and 185 homers while few teams were quicker with 134 steals which was 4th in the game. The Tribe had no problem making those numbers work with a 3.84 staff ERA which was number seven. The Indians hand the ball to Trevor Bauer who went 12-8 with a 4.26 ERA although he struggled the last month or so.
When we look at the Red Sox it’s hard to believe they didn’t run away with the American League East with such an impressive offense which overshadows a pitching staff that has held their own. Cleveland has a balanced squad that can do a little bit of everything and their team speed has to be a concern. However, I think they are trying to catch Boston off guard in the opener and I don’t think that will happen…