MLB Picks and Parlays: Cleveland Looks to Salvage a Win in Series Finale with Boston
The Cleveland Indians have lost two straight to Boston and three in a row overall. Tuesday night’s loss though will likely go down as one of the games of the year. In fact as of 11:30pm EST on ESPN, the standings actually reflected an Indians win, such was the improbability of Boston’s win.
It was a game that showcased the unpredictable nature of a 162-game season. Chris Sale started the game for Boston and he had yet to allow a run in three starts since the All-Star break. So of course he allowed seven in five innings. His counterpart Carlos Carrasco has been one of the Indians best pitchers all year and was taking on a Red Sox offense that’s been stuck in neutral the past couple of weeks. Naturally he gave up five runs in a 1.2 inning appearance.
Cleveland actually led this game 5-0 after their turn to bat in the second inning. The Red Sox offense went to work, tying the game in the bottom half on RBI hits from unlikely sources in Mitch Moreland, Eduardo Nunez and Brock Holt. Cleveland took the lead again 7-5 and got help from what may be the catch of the year when Austin Jackson robbed Hanley Ramirez of a home run.
Boston Red Sox would not be deterred, scoring four in the sixth inning included a base clearing double by Nunez. Cleveland then got three runs in the last two innings, the first coming on deadline acquisition Addison Reed and then two more on All-Star Craig Kimbrel for the 10-9 lead heading into the bottom of the ninth.
The game might have ended there as Cody Allen threw strike three to Moreland for what would have been the third out, except it turned into a wild pitch instead. The number nine hitter Christian Vazquez stepped up to the plate and ended it with a three-run shot.
Trevor Bauer (9-8, 5.25 ERA) will be tasked with ending the losing streak for Cleveland. He’s won his last two starts, allowing four runs in 13 innings of work. Last time out the Indians beat the Angels 2-1. He’d lost three of four prior to that allowing 13 runs (11 earned) in 18.2 innings.
Rick Porcello (4-14, 4.55 ERA) has lost four straight, but he’s pitched well since the calendar turned to July. He had a 3.06 ERA in five starts, averaging over seven innings per game. It’s the Red Sox offense that hasn’t been there to support him. He gave up four runs in seven innings coming on two home runs in a 4-2 loss to the Royals last time out.
- Cleveland is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
Cleveland is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games
Cleveland is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
- Boston is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games
Boston is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston’s last 6 games