In the second of a three-game series between the Cleveland Indians (79-80) and the Boston Red Sox (78-82) at Progressive Field, Corey Kluber (8-16, 3.62 ERA) and Craig Breslow (0-3, 4.22 ERA) get the ball. The Indians won the last game 8-2 and Cleveland leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 7:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Oct. 3 and will air on STOh and NESN.
In his most recent outing, Kluber pitched 6.0 innings, allowing four runs, striking out six and walking three in a 4-2 loss to the Twins. The Red Sox were unsuccessful against the Orioles 8-0 the last time Breslow pitched. He went 4.0 innings, allowing zero runs, striking out two and walking two. David Ortiz (.272, 73 Rs, 37 HRs, 107 RBIs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs.
The odds are even for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently unavailable. The Indians typically don't swing at bad pitches, which has led to an impressive 3.3 walks per game. Turning to the pitching staff, the Indians don't allow many hitters to get on base, ranking fourth in the league with a 1.19 WHIP.
The Red Sox are known for their bats, hitting 485 extra base hits. The last 10 games have really brought the best out of the Boston pitchers. They've allowed 3.2 runs per game during that span, which is lower than their season average of 4.7.
This game will feature Breslow (RHP) on the mound against the Indians, who have a 56-50 record when they take on a right-handed starter. The right-handed Kluber will take the mound against the Red Sox, who have a 57-58 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - Cle
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Boston's last 11 games.
Boston is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games.
The total has gone OVER in 16 of Boston's last 24 games on the road.
Boston is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road.
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston's last 5 games when playing Cleveland.
Boston is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Cleveland.
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Boston's last 8 games when playing on the road against Cleveland.
Boston is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Cleveland.
The Cleveland batters brought in a solid 12 hits last game. Boston has a record of 7-35 when their opponents get that many hits or more.
When they are outhit, the Indians are 11-59. The Red Sox have a 15-68 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 22nd in home runs, Cleveland has hit 139 this season. Boston ranks 15th with 161 home runs.
Ranking sixth, Cleveland is in the top 10 of the league in hits, notching 8.67 per game. Boston ranks in the top five at second with 9.29.
Ranking 13th, Cleveland is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.727). Boston ranks in the top 10 at sixth with an OPS of .746.
The Red Sox are 39-66 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Indians are 47-62 when they allow at least one homer.