Clay Buchholz (2-3, 6.11 ERA) and Corey Kluber (2-5, 4.30 ERA) take the hill in the first of a three-game series between the Boston Red Sox (25-16) and the Cleveland Indians (21-17) at Fenway Park. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Friday, May. 20 and can be seen on STOh and NESN.
Buchholz pitched 6.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering five runs, striking out five and walking three in a 6-5 win over the Astros. Jackie Bradley Jr. (.338, 21 Rs, 7 HRs, 32 RBIs, 2 SBs) continued his strong play Wednesday, going 2 for 3 with one run, one home run, and one RBI. Kluber went 6.2 innings, surrendering four runs, striking out seven and walking three in a 6-3 defeat to the Twins in his most recent start. Carlos Santana (.237, 20 Rs, 7 HRs, 21 RBIs, 2 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Indians, going 2 for 4 yesterday with two runs, two home runs, and four RBIs.
The odds for Boston and Cleveland are Indians -115, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 9.
Predictions: SU Winner - CLE
When leading after seven innings, Boston is 14-5, while Cleveland is 9-6.
The Indians are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Red Sox have a 3-5 record when opponents give up one walk or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Indians are 13-5. The Red Sox have a 24-4 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking first in runs, Boston has earned 240 this season. Cleveland ranks eighth with 186 runs.
Boston and Cleveland both rank in the top half of the league in walks. Boston sits at 13th with 132 this season and Cleveland ranks 14th with 126.
When the Red Sox hit at least one home run, they are 20-11. When the Indians hit at least one homer, they have a 12-11 record.