In the last of a three-game series between the Boston Red Sox (26-17) and the Cleveland Indians (22-18) at Fenway Park, Rick Porcello (6-2, 3.51 ERA) and Danny Salazar (4-2, 1.80 ERA) take the mound. The Red Sox won the last game 9-1, and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game starts at 1:35 p.m. ET on Sunday, May. 22 and will air on STOh and NESN.
In his most recent outing, Porcello pitched 5.0 innings, allowing five runs (one unearned), striking out three and walking two in an 8-4 loss to the Royals. David Ortiz (.311, 20 Rs, 10 HRs, 34 RBIs, 1 SB) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 4. The Indians were victorious over the Reds 13-1 the last time Salazar pitched. He went 7.1 innings, giving up one run, striking out eight and walking one. Carlos Santana (.241, 22 Rs, 8 HRs, 22 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
The Red Sox are a -115 favorite with a total of 8.5.
Pick - BOS
Boston recorded at least two errors for the third time this season.
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 13-3 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Red Sox are 1-11. The Indians have a 3-10 record when opponents outhit them.
Cleveland ranks in the bottom half of the league at 19th when it comes to home runs, hitting 40 this season. Boston ranks in the top 10 with 52.
Boston and Cleveland both rank in the top half of the league in walks. Boston sits at 12th with 141 this season and Cleveland ranks 14th with 135.
The Red Sox are 21-12 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Indians are 13-12 when they hit at least one homer.