In the second of a three-game series between the Boston Red Sox (25-17) and the Cleveland Indians (22-17) at Fenway Park, Joe Kelly (1-0, 9.35 ERA) and Trevor Bauer (3-1, 3.89 ERA) get the ball. The Indians won the last game 4-2, extending a five-game winning streak. The game gets underway at 4:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, May. 21 and will air on STOh and NESN.
In his last start, Kelly pitched 0.2 inning, giving up zero runs, striking out one and walking two in a 3-0 loss to the Rays. Jackie Bradley Jr. (.340, 22 Rs, 8 HRs, 33 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 2 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI. The Indians were also unsuccessful the last time Bauer pitched. He went 6.2 innings, allowing three runs, striking out eight and walking two in a 5-1 loss to the Twins. Jason Kipnis (.285, 24 Rs, 6 HRs, 24 RBIs, 3 SBs) has been hitting the ball well, going 2 for 5 yesterday with one run, one home run, and three RBIs.
The Red Sox are a -125 favorite with a total of 9.5.
Pick - CLE
When leading after seven innings, Boston is 14-5, while Cleveland is 9-6.
The Indians are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded nine strikeouts. The Red Sox have a record of 6-9 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Indians are 14-5. The Red Sox have a 24-4 record when outhitting opponents.
Boston ranks at the top of the league when it comes to runs with 242 this season. Cleveland ranks in the top 10 at ninth with 190.
Boston ranks at the top of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage of .838. Cleveland ranks in the top half at 13th with an OPS of .734.
When the Indians allow at least one home run, they are 14-13, well-matched with the Red Sox who are 16-13 when allowing at least one homer.