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Boston Red Sox vs. Cleveland Indians - 8/22/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Cleveland Indians (72-52) at Boston Red Sox (88-38)
Date & Time Wednesday August 22, 2018, 7:10 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Boston Red Sox +107 / Cleveland Indians -117 --- Over/Under: 9
TV Channel
NESN, SportsTime Ohio
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MLB | Cleveland Indians (72-52) at Boston Red Sox (88-38)
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The Cleveland Indians and the Boston Red Sox meet in game three of their four game set from Fenway Park in MLB action on Wednesday.

The Cleveland Indians will look to stay hot after winning nine of their last ten games following a 6-3 win in game two on Wednesday. Yan Gomes went 3 for 4 with a home run and two RBIs, while Melky Cabrera went 3 for 4 with a solo homer and a double. Michael Brantley, Yonder Alonso and Greg Allen each had an RBI, with Brantley and Allen adding a double as well. Yandy Diaz and Jason Kipnis each added a base hit as well to round out the offense for Cleveland in the win. Shane Bieber got the win to climb to 7-2 this season after allowing all three runs on five hits while striking out five over 6.1 innings of work. Brad Hand struck out a pair in the 9th for his 29th save of the season. Carlos Carrasco will start game three and is 15-6 with a 3.33 ERA and 161 strikeouts this season. In his career, Carrasco is 1-2 with a 6.83 ERA and 24 strikeouts against Boston.

The Boston Red Sox will look to get on the board after dropping the first two games of the set. Xander Bogaerts went 1 for 4 with a double and an RBI while Mitch Moreland and Ian Kinsler each had an RBI despite going 0 for 3 at the dish. Andrew Benintendi went 2 for 4 with a double and Eduardo Nunez added a two-bagger of his own while J.D. Martinez added a base hit to round out Boston’s offense in the losing effort. Nathan Eovaldi took the loss to fall to 5-5 this season after allowing four runs on ten hits over 5.1 innings of work. Brian Johnson will start game three and is 4-3 with a 4.00 ERA and 72 strikeouts this season. This will be Johnson’s first career start against Cleveland.

Cleveland is 36-15 in Carrasco’s last 51 starts and 16-5 in their last 21 road games while the under is 12-4-1 in Carrasco’s last 17 road starts against a team with a winning record. Boston is 12-2 in Johnson’s last 14 starts and 44-17 in their last 61 home games while the under is 6-2 in Johnson’s last 8 home starts. Cleveland is 1-4 in Carrasco’s last 5 starts against Boston. 

You rarely, if ever, get plus money with the Red Sox at home and Boston has been pretty good with Johnson starting on the mound. However, Cleveland is the much hotter team here and Carrasco hasn’t allowed an earned run in three of his last four starts and has only allowed seven earned runs in his last eight starts spanning 51 innings. Johnson has allowed 13 runs, 12 earned, in his last three starts spanning just 17.2 innings so I’ll take a shot with Cleveland to keep things rolling with yet another win on Wednesday.

Pick:
Cleveland -117

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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