Cleveland Indians vs. Boston Red Sox - 4/7/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Boston Red Sox (1-1) at Cleveland Indians (1-1)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 6:10 pm (Progressive Field)
J Kelly (0-0) (0.00) vs. D Salazar (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Cleveland Indians -135 / Boston Red Sox +125 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
The Cleveland Indians and Boston Red Sox conclude heir series at Progressive Field on Thursday.
The Boston Red Sox are in need of a quick start to erase the memory of recent seasons. It’s too early to tell if a quick start is in the cards but a 7-6 loss at Progressive Field on Wednesday was a step in the wrong direction. Starter Clay Buchholz struggled early with five runs given up on six hits and a trio of BB over four frames which gave the pen no room for error. The offense held up their end of the bargain with ten hits and three walks that featured homers from David Ortiz, Hanley Ramirez and Brock Holt who was 2-2 with two runs and a pair of runs driven in. The Red Sox turn to Joe Kelly on the mound for his third career start against the Indians. Kelly defeated Cleveland 6-4 in 2015 with one unearned run allowed on five hits and three BB in six frames.
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The Cleveland Indians have the talent to make noise if both their arms and bats get on the same page consistently. The Tribe didn’t get much in the pitching department but the offense came up big. Starter Carlos Carrasco didn’t have his best stuff with four runs plated on seven hits including three homers through five innings with Ross Detwiler allowing two before three relievers shut down the Red Sox. The Indians racked up nine hits and walked six times with Carlos Santana going 2-3 with a homer and three RBI’s with Mike Napoli going deep and scoring twice. Overall every player reached base. Danny Salazar gets the call to the mound in the series finale’ versus the visiting Red Sox Thursday. Salazar faced twice in 2015 and fared well with a combined two runs given up on eight hits over 12.1 frames.
The under is 10-4 in Boston last 14 overall and is 10-4 in their last 14 on grass while the over is 8-1-1 in Kelly’s last 10 starts on grass. Cleveland are 11-4 in their last 15 Thursday games and the over is 21-8-1 in their last 30 home games while the Indians are 19-9 in their last 28 home games. On paper this is a toss up so be aware…