Boston Red Sox vs Cleveland Indians
Line: Indians +100, O/U 10
Game Time: Monday, August 12, 2019, 7:10 PM EST
The Boston Red Sox are on the road for the first game of a three-game series with the Cleveland Indians for Monday night baseball. The Red Sox split a four-game series vs the Angels over the weekend while the Indians split a four-game series vs the Twins. These teams last met on May 27–29 with the Indians taking two of three from the Red Sox and the Over going 3–0 during that series.
Starting Pitchers 8–12–2019
BOS: Eduardo Rodriguez (13–5 4.17 ERA) CLE: Zach Plesac (6–3, 3.12 ERA)
The Boston Red Sox have fallen well back in the AL East race after losing 11 out of 14 placing them 16 games back to the Yankees in the division. Boston is also 0–5 in its last five road games and 0–5 in its last five road games when facing a team with a winning record. Eduardo Rodriguez went 5–0 in July but he is looking to pick up his first win in August. Rodriguez has just 1 loss since June 14th but didn’t factor in the decision in his last start, which came Wednesday at home against the Royals. Rodriguez makes his third career start against the Indians and he is 1–0 with a 2.63 ERA.
The AL Central race will be one to watch down the stretch. The Indians and Twins are separated by a 1.0 game as the Indians continue their winning ways going 7–3 the last 10 games. Zach Plesac gets the call tonight vs the Red Sox and is 2–0 with a 2.00 ERA over his last three starts. The Indians are 5–1 the last 6 games at home, 6–0 in Plesac’s last six starts and are 5–0 in his last five home outings.
The Red Sox are 0–5 in their last 5 road games, 0–8 in their last 8 vs. a team with a winning record, 3–11 in their last 14 overall and 5–13 in the last 18 meetings in Cleveland. The Indians are 13–3 in their last 16 home games vs. a left-handed starter, 16–5 in their last 21 games following a loss and 4–1 the last 5 meetings vs the Red Sox.
After winning a World Series last season, the Red Sox have underachieved all season. The Indians are a serious contender in the American League and are one of the hottest teams in baseball. Cleveland +100 at home is the pick for Monday’s Game 1 at Progressive Field.