Boston Red Sox vs. Cleveland Indians - 8/14/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cleveland Indians (63-52) at Boston Red Sox (67-50)
MLB Baseball: Monday, August 14, 2017 at 6:10 pm (Fenway Park)
T Bauer (10-8) (4.79) vs. Doug Fister (2-5) (5.95)
The Line: Boston Red Sox -105 / Cleveland Indians -118 --- Over/Under: 10.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: NESN, SportsTime Ohio
A pair of AL division leaders face off as the Cleveland Indians and the Boston Red Sox meet in a makeup game from August 2nd at Fenway Park on Monday.
The Cleveland Indians will be looking to build on their current three game winning streak after taking their series against Tampa Bay over the weekend, including a 4-3 win over the Rays in the series finale on Sunday. Austin Jackson and Edwin Encarnacion each belted a solo homer, while Jay Bruce and Carlos Santana each logged a double and an RBI to round out the scoring for the Tribe in the win. Jose Ramirez added a double as well while Francisco Lindor chipped in a base knock of his own in the winning effort for Cleveland. Corey Kluber got the victory to improve to 11-3 this season after giving up all three runs on four hits while walking a pair and striking out nine. Bryan Shaw threw a perfect 8th while Cody Allen closed things out in the 9th, striking out a pair for his 21st save of the year. Trevor Bauer will get the nod and is 10-8 with a 4.79 ERA and 133 strikeouts this season. In his career, Bauer is 0-2 with a 12.91 ERA and 3 strikeouts against Boston.
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The Boston Red Sox will look to keep hot after winning 10 of their last 11 games, including a 3-2 extra innings win over the Yankees on Sunday Night Baseball, giving the BoSox the series win over New York. Jackie Bradley Jr. opened the scoring for Boston, with Rafael Devers delivering a pinch-hit solo homer to tie the game in the 9th, before Andrew Benintendi’s RBI single in the 10th turned into the eventual game-winning run. Brock Holt added a base hit of his own as Boston notched just four hits as a team in the win. Chris Sale put forth another spectacular outing, giving up just one run on four hits while walking a pair and striking out 12 over seven innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Craig Kimbrel closed out the 9th and finished off the 10th, striking out a pair to get the win, improving to 4-0 on the year. Doug Fister will get the start for Boston and is 2-5 with a 5.95 ERA and 33 strikeouts this season. In his career, Fister is 6-4 with a 3.07 ERA and 86 strikeouts against Cleveland.
Cleveland is 5-1 in Bauer’s last 6 starts against the AL East and 11-3 in their last 14 games against a right-handed starter while the under is 5-0 in their last 5 games overall. Boston is 10-1 in their last 11 games against a right-handed starter and 6-0 in their last 6 games against the AL Central while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record. Cleveland is 1-4 in the last five meetings between these two teams in Boston.
Bauer has been solid as of late, giving up just one run in each of his last three starts. However, Boston just keeps finding ways to win games when it matters the most, and Fister seems like he may finally have it figured out. Not to mention Fister has had a lot of success against Cleveland in his career, while Bauer has been lit up like a Christmas tree, giving up 11 earned runs in just 7.2 total innings of work. Gotta take Boston to keep up their winning ways in the makeup game on Monday.