Cleveland Indians (71-52) at Boston Red Sox (88-37)
|Date & Time||Monday August 20, 2018, 7:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Boston Red Sox +110 / Cleveland Indians -120 --- Over/Under: 8.5
The Cleveland Indians and Boston Red Sox meet Monday in MLB action at Fenway Park.
The Cleveland Indians look to stay hot after winning 10 of their last 13 games. The Indians have scored 12 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 11 games. The Cleveland Indians have won 11 straight games when scoring more than two runs. Francisco Lindor leads the Indians with 145 hits and 76 RBI while Jose Ramirez and Michael Brantley have combined for 267 hits and 156 RBI. Corey Kluber gets the ball, and he is 15-6 with a 2.68 ERA and 160 strikeouts this season. Kluber is 2-4 with a 4.45 ERA and 64 strikeouts in his career against the Red Sox.
The Boston Red Sox look for another victory after winning 13 of their last 16 games. The Red Sox have scored 12 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 12 games. The Boston Red Sox have won 13 of their last 15 games when scoring at least one run. J.D. Martinez leads the Red Sox with 149 hits and 106 RBI while Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi have combined for 276 hits and 134 RBI. Rick Porcello gets the ball, and he is 15-5 with a 4.04 ERA and 150 strikeouts this season. Porcello is 10-4 with a 3.35 ERA and 85 strikeouts in his career against the Indians.
The Indians are 20-7 in their last 27 Monday games, 22-8 in Klubers last 30 road starts and 52-22 in Klubers last 74 starts. The Red Sox are 44-15 in their last 59 home games, 8-3 in Porcellos last 11 home starts and 8-2 in Porcellos last 10 starts. The under is 4-1-2 in the last 7 meetings in Boston and the over is 3-1-2 in the last 6 meetings.
Kluber has allowed one or less runs in three of his last four starts and the Indians have won 11 straight games when scoring more than two runs. The Indians are probably the team that should be favored, but the fact we're getting the Red Sox and plus money at home is too good to pass up. Porcello hasn't been great this season and actually has a higher ERA at home than on the road, as he has trouble keeping the ball in the park, but the Red Sox have been the best and most consistent team in baseball all season long. The Red Sox have won four straight and six of their last nine games as an underdog. The Red Sox also haven't lost back-to-back games since July 24-26. Give me the home team at this price.