Cleveland Indians at Boston Red Sox
|Date & Time||Wednesday May 29, 2019, 6:10 PM (EDT)|
Boston Red Sox -125 / Cleveland Indians +105
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The Cleveland Indians and the Boston Red Sox meet in the rubber match of their three game set in MLB action from Fenway Park on Wednesday.
The Cleveland Indians will look to win the set after rallying to win game two on Tuesday by a final score of 7-5. Francisco Lindor, Jordan Luplow and Greg Allen each had two RBIs with Allen hitting a home run while Luplow and Lindor each doubled. Roberto Perez had a solo home run of his own to round out Cleveland’s scoring as a team in the win. Jose Ramirez went 2 for 3 while Oscar Mercado and Mike Freeman each had base hits as well in the winning effort for the Tribe. Zach Plesac gave up one run on four hits over 5.1 innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Nick Wittgren got the win to improve to 2-0 while Brad Hand struck out three in the 9th for his 14th save of the year. Shane Bieber will start game three and is 3-2 with a 3.11 ERA and 79 strikeouts this season. This will be Bieber’s second career start against Boston.
The Boston Red Sox will look to regroup and pick up the W on Wednesday after dropping game two. Xander Bogaerts, Steve Pearce and Michael Chavis each had an RBI with Pearce and Bogaerts each adding a double. J.D. Martinez had a pair of doubles and Rafael Devers went 2 for 5 with a triple while Brock Holt and Christian Vazquez each had base hits as well in the losing effort for the BoSox. David Price threw six shutout innings, not factoring in the decision despite striking out six. Travis Lakins took the loss, falling to 0-1 on the year. Ryan Weber will start game three and is 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA and 11 strikeouts this season. This will be Weber’s first career start against Cleveland.
Cleveland is 5-0 in Bieber’s last 5 starts against the AL East and 8-2 in Bieber’s last 10 road starts while the under is 15-5 in their last 20 games overall. Boston is 18-8 in their last 26 games overall and 62-29 in their last 91 home games while the over is 12-3-1 in their last 16 games against a team with a losing record.
Boston being favored at home makes sense as the Red Sox have been playing the much better baseball of the two lately. However, I’m still not sure what to make of Ryan Weber after just one start and you have to imagine that all of the momentum is with Cleveland after rallying with five runs in the 9th to take game two on Tuesday. Maybe that was the kick in the pants that Cleveland needed to get going, and having Bieber on the mound won’t hurt, who has struck out 25 in his last two starts, including a complete game shutout. I’d probably rather just watch this game rather than bet it, but if forced to pick, I’d take a shot on Cleveland and the plus money.