Cleveland Indians vs. Boston Red Sox
The Cleveland Indians and the Boston Red Sox meet on Friday in Cleveland for game two of their series. The Red Sox are -160 favorites over the Indians with an over/under run total set at 9.
The Cleveland Indians may have fallen out of the post season race but at least they had a feel good moment with their win on Thursday. Jason Donald hit a home run, Carlos Santana had two hits, and Asdrubal Cabrera had a hit as the Indians scored five runs on 10 hits. On the mound Ubaldo Jimenez allowed eight hits and three runs while striking out 10 as he went six innings to raise his record to 9-11 while Chris Perez earned his 30th save. For Friday’s game Cleveland starts Chris Seldon who sees his third action of the year. For the season Seldon has allowed seven hits and four earned runs while striking out two over 4.2 innings for a 7.71 ERA.
The Boston Red Sox are fading away as they lost the series opener to the Indians on Thursday. Adrian Gonzalez hit a home run, Dustin Pedroia had two hits, and Jacoby Ellsbury had a hit as the Red Sox scored three runs on nine hits. Starting pitcher Felix Doubront allowed seven hits and four earned runs while striking out four over 4.1 innings of work to fall to 10-6 on the year. For Friday’s game Boston starts Clay Buchholz who has had no decisions in three of his last four starts. For the year Buchholz has allowed 124 hits and 61 earned runs while striking out 80 over 122.2 innings of work for a 4.48 ERA.
Cleveland is 8-20 in their last 28 games overall, 1-7 in their last eight games as an underdog, and 0-8 in their last eight games against a right handed starter. Boston is 11-5 in their last 16 games against a left handed starter, 1-5 in their last six games as a favorite, and 16-5 in Buchholz’s last 21 starts against the AL Central. Boston is 2-7 in their last nine games in Cleveland.
I’m gonna take a shot with the Indians at plus 140.
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