Last Updated: 2019-08-13
The Boston Red Sox will be taking on the Cleveland Indians. New England Sports Network will broadcast this AL showdown and the game gets going at 7:10 p.m. ET.
Boston Red Sox vs. Cleveland Indians Odds
Vegas is listing Boston (+100) as the underdog to Cleveland (-110). If you think the game’s total will go under 9 runs scored, then bookmakers are putting up -110 odds. Playing the over return -110 odds. Bettors can also wager on the game’s spread with the current runline odds standing at -210 for the Red Sox +1.5 runs and +175 for the Indians -1.5.
The Indians are 72-47 straight up (SU) and 62-56 against the spread (ATS). They’ve gained 7.5 units for moneyline bettors and 5.5 units ATS. On the other hand, the Red Sox are 62-59 SU and have gone 50-70 against the spread. They’re down 26.1 units for moneyline bettors and 26.6 units ATS.
Indians games have a 50-64-4 over/under record in 2019. Boston has been a strong over bet with a total record of 71-46-3.
The left-handed Chris Sale is getting the start for Boston. Sale (6-11, 4.41 ERA) has racked up 206 punchouts in 140.2 innings so far. He has yet to face the Indians this year and only made one start against them in 2018 (0-0, 5.40 ERA and seven strikeouts across 3.1 innings).
The Indians are putting the ball in the right hand of Mike Clevinger (7-2, 3.02 ERA, 1.01 WHIP), who has 89 strikeouts and 20 walks. Clevinger only made one start against the Red Sox in 2018 (0-0, 3.60 ERA and six strikeouts across five innings).
Boston’s pitching staff allowed 5.2 runs per game and its starters own a 5.13 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 9.51 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 4.44, along with a K-per-9 of 10.52.
Red Sox hitters have slashed .274/.347/.475 on their way to 5.7 runs scored per game this year, including 5.1 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 6.4 per game over the team’s last five contests (2-3 SU).
Boston’s hitters have been led by third baseman Rafael Devers and shortstop Xander Bogaerts, who have combined to belt 49 home runs. Devers is hitting .317/.365/.560 with 24 home runs, 90 RBIs and 96 runs scored, while Bogaerts is hitting .304 with 25 homers, 88 RBIs and 91 runs scored.
For the home team, Cleveland’s pitchers have allowed 3.9 runs per game overall this season. Its starters have a 3.88 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 9.7 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 3.27 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 9.1 K/9.
The Cleveland offense has produced 4.7 runs per contest, including 4.7 per game over its last 10 games and 5.4 per game over its last five. The team has a slash-line of .281/.360/.472 over its last five games and is 4-1 SU during that span.
Shortstop Francisco Lindor and first baseman Carlos Santana have led the Indians’ hitters this year. Lindor is slashing .300/.357/.519 with 20 home runs, 48 RBIs, 67 runs and 18 steals, while Santana’s line sits at .286/.408/.531 with 26 homers, 71 RBIs and 83 runs.
The Red Sox have lost 13.1 units and are 35-47 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher this season. The over has hit in 48 of those games, as opposed to 32 that’ve gone under against righties. On the other hand, the Indians have netted 7.8 units and are 21-15 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher. The over has hit in 20 of those games, as opposed to 16 which went under the total.
Boston Red Sox vs. Cleveland Indians MLB Tip
Predictions: SU Winner – Indians, ATS Winner – Red Sox, O/U – UNDER
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The over has cashed in only two of Cleveland’s last seven games.
The Indians have won six of their last seven games SU.
Boston has posted 22.5 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 25.6 over its last five.
The Red Sox have hit 18 home runs in their last 10 games, including 11 over their last five.
The Red Sox have a total OPS of .821 this season and an OPS of .823 against right-handed pitchers. The Indians’ OPS sits at .758 overall and .764 versus righties.