Boston Red Sox (104-49) at Cleveland Indians (85-67)
|Date & Time||Friday September 21, 2018, 7:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Cleveland Indians +110 / Boston Red Sox -130 --- Over/Under: 8
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The Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians meet Friday in MLB action at Progressive Field.
The Boston Red Sox look for another victory after winning six of their last nine games. The Red Sox have scored 14 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last 10 games. The Boston Red Sox have won six straight games when scoring more than two runs. J.D. Martinez leads the Red Sox with 181 hits and 124 RBI while Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi have combined for 328 hits and 158 RBI. Chris Sale gets the ball, and he is 12-4 with a 1.92 ERA and 222 strikeouts this season. Sale is 5-8 with a 4.78 ERA and 129 strikeouts in his career against the Indians.
The Cleveland Indians look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Indians have scored 13 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six straight games. The Cleveland Indians have won six of their last 10 games when scoring more than three runs. Francisco Lindor leads the Indians with 175 hits and 87 RBI while Michael Brantley and Jose Ramirez have combined for 316 hits and 175 RBI. Trevor Bauer gets the ball, and he is 12-6 with a 2.22 ERA and 214 strikeouts this season. Bauer is 2-2 with a 8.24 ERA and 22 strikeouts in his career against the Red Sox.
The Red Sox are 25-10 in their last 35 during game 1 of a series, 0-4 in their last 4 Friday games and 36-17 in Sales last 53 starts. The Indians are 2-5 in their last 7 Friday games, 16-5 in Bauers last 21 home starts and 6-0 in Bauers last 6 starts. The Red Sox are 4-11 in the last 15 meetings in Cleveland and the over is 3-1-1 in the last 5 meetings.
Sale hasn't allowed a run since July 6, but he's also been limited as of late, pitching a combined four innings in his last two starts and going no more than six innings in each of his last five starts. Bauer is coming off the DL due to a leg issue, but he's allowed a combined one run in his last 12.1 innings and three combined runs in his last four starts. At home this season in 81.2 innings, Bauer has an ERA of 1.87 and an allowed batting average of .190. I love finding ace quality pitchers and cheap prices or plus money. Throw in the fact Sale seems to be on a pitch count, and I have to side with the Indians at home and the favorable price.