Boston Red Sox at Cleveland Indians
|Date & Time||Wednesday August 14, 2019, 1:10 PM (EDT)|
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The Boston Red Sox and the Minnesota Twins meet in the rubber match of their three game set in MLB action from Progressive Field on Wednesday.
The Boston Red Sox will look to win the series after evening the set up at one win apiece following a 7-6 win in game two on Tuesday. Rafael Devers went an outrageous 6 for 6 at the dish, with four doubles and three RBIs. Jackie Bradley Jr. had a solo home run while Mookie Betts went 2 for 5 with a triple and an RBI. Mitch Moreland and Marco Hernandez each added an RBI as well while J.D. Martinez went 2 for 4 at the plate and Xander Bogaerts added a base hit as well in the victory. Chris Sale went 6.2 innings, allowing five runs, three earned, on five hits while striking out 12, not factoring in the decision. Brandon Workman got the win to improve to 9-1 on the year while Andrew Cashner closed out the 10th for his 1st save of the year. Nathan Eovaldi will start game three and is 0-0 with a 6.25 ERA and 31 strikeouts this season. In his career, Eovaldi is 2-2 with a 3.68 ERA and 11 strikeouts against Cleveland.
The Cleveland Indians will look to bounce back after dropping game two on Tuesday. Francisco Lindor went 3 for 5 with a pair of doubles and three RBIs while Franmil Reyes had a home run and two RBIs and Carlos Santana went 2 for 4 with a solo home run to round out Cleveland’s scoring as a team in the defeat. Oscar Mercado, Greg Allen and Tyler Naquin each had a base hit to cap off Cleveland’s offense as a team in the losing effort. Mike Clevinger allowed four runs on 11 hits while striking out six over 4.2 innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Nick Wittgren took the loss, falling to 4-1 on the year in relief. Shane Bieber will start game three and is 12-4 with a 3.28 ERA and 193 strikeouts this season. In his career, Bieber is 2-1 with an 8.44 ERA and 12 strikeouts against Boston.
Boston is 4-12 in their last 16 games overall and 1-9 in their last 10 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 36-16-1 in their last 53 games overall. Cleveland is 23-9 in Bieber’s last 32 starts, 8-1 in Bieber’s last 9 starts against the AL East and 38-15 in their last 53 games overall while the under is 5-2 in their last 7 home games. Boston is 2-5 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.
I’m thinking that the Red Sox might employ an opener mindset with Eovaldi as he hasn’t really gone more than two innings in any appearance since rejoining Boston’s pitching staff. However, that’s still not going to help as Boston has been falling apart lately despite a solid showing in game two on Tuesday. Bieber has had a rocky past against the Red Sox, but he’s allowed two runs or less in six of his last eight starts, also going seven innings or more in six of eight, including a pair of complete games. I just think that Cleveland is in a better position right now given their play over the last few weeks, so I’ll side with the Tribe for a series victory here.