Cleveland Indians vs. Boston Red Sox ALDS Game 2- 10/7/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Boston Red Sox (93-69) at Cleveland Indians (94-67)
MLB Baseball: Friday, October 7, 2016 at 4:38 pm (Progressive Field)
D Price (17-9) (3.99) vs. C Kluber (18-9) (3.31)
The Line: Cleveland Indians TBA / Boston Red Sox TBA --- Over/Under: TBA See the Latest Odds
Headed our way in MLB playoff action on Friday from Progressive Field, the Boston Red Sox and the Cleveland Indians will meet once again for Game 2 of their Division Series.
In the series opener, we had a real nail-biter. Boston was up 2-1 briefly after the top of the third inning, but Cleveland struck back, plating three runs in that frame on the way to an eventual 5-4 victory and an early 1-0 series lead for the Indians.
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Pitching for the Red Sox on Friday will be lefty David Price. Over 35 games and a 17-9 record in the regular season, Price put up a 3.99 ERA with a 1.20 WHIP in 230 innings. Price logged a nice appearance in his most recent start against the Blue Jays, bagging five innings with four hits and one earned.
Looking at their batting order, it’s easy to see why Boston is a solid playoff team this year. Mookie Betts logged 214 hits, 122 runs, 31 homers and 113 RBI this season. Dustin Pedroia bagged 201 hits with 105 runs and 74 RBI. Xander Bogaerts put up 192 hits with 115 runs, 21 homers and 89 RBI.
Over on the Indians’ side Friday, we’ll be seeing RHP Corey Kluber take the mound as the starter. In his 32 starts and 18-9 record in the regular season, Kluber put up a 3.14 ERA with a 1.06 WHIP in 215 innings. Kluber’s last start was a short one at four innings in Detroit, where he allowed five hits and two earned.
The Indians hitters are no slouches either. This year, Francisco Lindor led the way on 182 hits with 99 runs and 78 RBI. Jose Ramirez put up 176 hits with 84 runs and 76 RBI. As for Jason Kipnis, he finished with 168 hits, 91 runs, 23 homers and 82 RBI in the regular season. Kipnis was the big hero in Game 1, going 3-for-4 with two RBI and a home run.
The Red Sox are 14-3 in their last 17 Friday games, and 6-2 in their last eight playoff games. Boston is also 5-2 in their last seven playoff road games, and 5-1 in Price’s last six road starts.
Meanwhile, the Indians are 36-16 in their last 52 Friday games, and 2-5 in their last seven games versus a left-handed starter. Cleveland is also 5-0 in Kluber’s last five Friday starts, and 6-1 in Kluber’s last seven starts during game two of a series.
This is a great series matchup, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see it go a full five games. Boston hit the skids a bit heading into the postseason, but with a veteran roster and a seasoned Price on the mound, I’ve got to give a slight edge to the Red Sox. Price has the stamina to take the game into the later innings and take some of the pressure off that Boston bullpen. Kluber is coming off a minor injury to his right quad, which makes me a little nervous about an extended session there, but he’ll keep things close regardless. All things considered, I’ll take Boston to even up the series before heading back to Fenway, but this looks like something of a coin-flip game to me.