Boston Red Sox (75-56) vs. Cleveland Indians (63-64)
August 29, 2021 1:10 pm EDT
The Line: Cleveland Indians +150 / Boston Red Sox -169; Over/Under: 9.5
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The Boston Red Sox and the Cleveland Indians meet in MLB action from Progressive Field on Sunday afternoon.
The Boston Red Sox will look to build on their 5-3 win over the Indians in 10 innings last time out. J.D. Martinez went 3 for 5 with a three-run home run while Kyle Schwarber also went 3 for 5 with a solo home run. Christian Vazquez went 2 for 3 with a double while Xander Bogaerts added a double as well and Rafael Devers had a pair of hits of his own. Alex Verdugo chipped in a base hit as well to finish off the offense for Boston in the win. Nathan Eovaldi gave up two runs on six hits while striking out seven over 5.1 innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Garrett Whitlock got the win to improve to 6-2 on the year while Adam Ottavino closed the 9th for his 10th save of the season. Tanner Houck will start here and is 0-3 with a 3.43 ERA and 52 strikeouts this season.
The Cleveland Indians will try to bounce back from their loss to the BoSox on Saturday. Franmil Reyes had a pair of hits with a solo home run and a double while Bobby Bradley and Oscar Mercado each had two hits with an RBI. Andres Gimenez and Bradley Zimmer each had a double while Myles Straw had a base hit as well in the loss to cap off Cleveland’s offense. Cal Quantrill gave up one run on six hits while striking out six over seven innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Nick Wittgren took the loss, falling to 2-7 on the year. Eli Morgan will start here and is 2-6 with a 5.98 ERA and 58 strikeouts this season.
Boston is 35-17 in their last 52 games against the AL Central and 4-1 in their last 5 games overall while the under is 5-1-1 in their last 7 Sunday games. Cleveland is 5-1 in their last 6 Sunday games and 29-62 in their last 91 games as an underdog while the over is 6-1 in their last 7 game three matchups.
This matchup features two of my least favorite arms in their respective rotations. However, with that said, Houck has pitched well at times despite not getting the wins/losses to show for it. Eli Morgan’s pitched better, but I’m still not trusting him as I’ve seen him get torched more often than not this season. Give me the Red Sox here.