Boston Red Sox vs. Cleveland Indians MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/13/14
Cleveland Indians (33-33) at Boston Red Sox (29-36)
MLB Baseball: Friday, June 13, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Fenway Park)
Justin Masterson (R) (4-4) (4.360) vs. John Lackey (R) (7-4) (3.183)
The Line: Boston Red Sox -154 / Cleveland Indians +144 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: STO, NESN
The Cleveland Indians and Boston Red Sox play game two of four on Friday night.
The Indians have lost three games in a row and fall to one game below a .500 record with the loss on Thursday. As has been the case for much of the season, the Indians pitching hasn’t been carrying their own weight, as they’ve allowed four or more runs in six of their last eight games. The Indians ERA is 4.04 on the season. Offensively, Michael Brantley has 14 hits in his last nine games and Lonnie Chisenhall has 17 RBI in his last 10 games. Justin Masterson takes the mound, and he’s 4-4 with a 4.61 ERA and has 74 strikeouts in 80 innings. Masterson is 4-3 with a 3.66 ERA in eight career starts against the Red Sox.
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The Red Sox have won three of their last five games, but are still six games below a .500 record. The Red Sox offense has produced three or less runs in six of their last 11 games and is ranked 23rd in the league in runs scored. David Ortiz has homered three times in his last eight games and Mike Napoli has gotten on base at least once in seven of his last 10 games. The Red Sox pitching has a 3.87 ERA on the season. John Lackey gets the start, and he’s 7-4 with a 3.18 ERA and has 76 strikeouts in 87.2 innings. Lackey is 7-8 with a 3.93 ERA in 18 career starts against the Indians.
The Indians are 4-10 in Masterson's last 14 starts as a road underdog and 2-7 in Masterson's last 9 starts vs. American League East. The Red Sox are 7-3 in Lackey's last 10 starts as a favorite and 11-5 in Lackey's last 16 home starts. The Indians are 8-20 in the last 28 meetings in Boston.
You have to like Lackey at home, but I don't like the price. If the chalk doesn't bother you, go ahead and jump on the home team.