Matt Barnes (3-2, 5.64 ERA) and Danny Salazar (10-6, 3.26 ERA) are on the hill in the first of a three-game series between the Boston Red Sox (52-65) and the Cleveland Indians (54-62) at Fenway Park. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Monday, Aug. 17 and can be seen on STOh and NESN.
Barnes pitched 0.0 inning in his last outing, surrendering one run and walking one in a 5-1 defeat to the Yankees. David Ortiz (.263, 53 Rs, 25 HRs, 73 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one RBI. Salazar went 7.1 innings, surrendering one run, striking out eight and walking five in a 2-1 win over the Yankees in his most recent start.
Cleveland takes on Boston as a -120 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at nine runs. The Red Sox have an overall money line of -1,871 and a record as the underdog of 21-27. The Red Sox have seen an uptick in scoring as of late, averaging 7.3 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 4.5 runs per game.
In games where it is the favorite, Cleveland has a 38-39 record and an overall money line of -2,055. They played solid baseball as the favorite over their last 10 games with a 5-2 record, and a 5-5 record SU. Offensively, the Indians have really picked up the pace in the last 10 games. They have exceeded their season average of 4.0 runs per game by averaging 5.8 during that stretch. Cleveland is excellent at drawing walks with an AL-best 3.4 per game. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Indians are one of the best in the league with a WHIP of 1.20 for the season.
The Red Sox have a 39-45 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Salazar takes the mound. Barnes (RHP) will be on the hill against the Indians, who have a 40-37 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - Cle, O/U - Over
For the 14th time this season, the Red Sox registered at least two errors in a game.
The Red Sox managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Indians who are coming in with a 27-19 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Indians are 8-47. The Red Sox have a 10-54 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 26th in home runs, Cleveland has hit 93 this season. Boston ranks 13th with 112 home runs.
Ranking seventh, Cleveland is in the top 10 of the league in hits, notching 8.63 per game. Boston ranks in the top five at third with 9.11.
Ranking 14th, Cleveland is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.715). Boston ranks in the top 10 at ninth with an OPS of .735.
The Indians are 33-51 when they allow at least one home run. The Red Sox perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 25-54 record.