MLB Picks and Parlays: Boston Looks for Third Straight Win Against Cleveland
For the second game in a row, the Boston Red Sox blew open a close game against a suddenly vulnerable Cleveland Indians bullpen. Such is the value of Andrew Miller who was placed on the 10-day DL after reinjuring himself on Monday.
On Tuesday Drew Pomeranz was able to match Indians ace Corey Kluber pitch for pitch in his short start. He lasted 5.1 innings got nine strikeouts and allowed six base runners without allowing a run. Mitch Moreland got Boston on the board in the fifth with a home run and that was all scoring until the eighth inning.
In the top half, Mookie Betts singled home Brock Holt for an important insurance run and ended Kluber’s night He gave up two runs on four hits and a walk to go along with 12 strikeouts. Edwin Encarnacion halved the lead with a home run in the eighth, but that’s as close as Cleveland could get.
The Red Sox scored four in their half of the ninth on Joe Smith including the second consecutive night that Eduardo Nunez hit one out. He’s now hitting .337 with 20 RBIs in 21 games since coming over from the Giants. He’s been just the spark the Red Sox needed to get their offense going.
Boston sn now averaging 5.74 RPG in 19 August games.
Cleveland lost their second straight after their walk-off win on Monday. They’ll be looking to earn a series split in this one. The Indians have not lost a series outright since the last time these teams met on July 31th and Aug. 1st with the Red Sox winning both before Sunday’s game was postponed. And that is the only series Cleveland has lost since they dropped five of six to start their post-All Star break schedule. They remain 21-11 since then.
Chris Sale (14-5, 2.62 ERA) is the front runner for the AL Cy Young award this year and will be looking to bounce back from a below average game for his standards. He allowed four runs in seven innings to the Yankees in a 4-3 loss last time out. He also gave up seven runs in five innings in that memorable 12-10 Red Sox win over Cleveland earlier this month. In his five other most recent starts he’s allowed one run total in 35.2 innings.
Trevor Bauer (12-8, 4.50 ERA) is having one of the best five start stretches of his life after struggling for much of the season. His ERA stood at 5.58 on July 21st. Since then, in six appearances that includes one bullpen appearance he’s allowed six runs in 35.2 innings for a 1.53 ERA. The Indians are 4-2 over those games. He threw 6.1 shutout innings last time out in a 5-0 win over Kansas City.
- Boston is 16-4 SU in its last 20 games
Boston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Boston is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Cleveland
- Cleveland is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games
Cleveland is 14-6 SU in its last 20 games at home
Cleveland is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games at home
Cash It In: The Red Sox are -163 favorites, the Indians +153 underdogs. Cleveland will try to do to Boston’s ace what the Red Sox just managed to do to them. The problem is the Red Sox offense is better and Sale is motivated to atone for his last appearance against Cleveland. Bauer is hot, but he doesn’t have a track record of being able to sustain it in the biggest games. Boston 5-2.