Boston Red Sox at Cleveland Indians

Victor TrejosBaseball, MLB

The Boston Red Sox are playing host to the Cleveland Indians at Fenway Park. SportsTime Ohio will televise this AL showdown and the game is slated to get underway at 1:05 p.m. ET.

Cleveland Indians at Boston Red Sox Odds

Boston (-175) is hosting this one as the favorite against Cleveland (+165) and oddsmakers have set the Over/Under for this afternoon’s game at 9.5 runs. The odds for betting on the game’s total stand at -125 for the over and +105 for the under. Gamblers can also bet on the game’s runline with the most recent odds standing at -135 for the Indians +1.5 runs and +115 for the Red Sox -1.5.

The Indians have gone 73-53 SU this year and are 61-64 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 8.3 units for moneyline gamblers and 10.2 units ATS. Cleveland is 3-4 ATS over its last seven games and the total has gone under in four of those seven. The Red Sox, on the other hand, are 89-39 SU and 77-50 ATS. The team’s gained 31.2 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 27.6 units ATS. Boston has a 3-4 ATS record over its last seven outings and the under has cashed in three of those seven.

Boston games have an over/under record of 58-63-6 in 2018. Cleveland has an over/under record of 62-58-5.

Adam Plutko will get the nod for the Indians. The right-handed Plutko is 4-3 with a 4.62 ERA and 35 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Red Sox this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.

The Red Sox are putting the ball in the left hand of David Price (13-6, 3.69 ERA, 1.19 WHIP), who has 142 punchouts and 41 walks this season. Price did not record a start against the Indians in 2017.

Boston’s pitching staff has allowed 3.7 runs per game overall in 2018 as a unit. The club’s starters have a 3.61 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 9.5 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 3.31 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 9.7 K/9.

Boston’s offense is putting up 5.4 runs per contest, including 4.5 per game over its last 10 games and 4.4 per game over its last five. The team’s hit .233/.282/.380 over its last five matchups and is 2-3 SU during that span.

J.D. Martinez and Mookie Betts have led the Red Sox batters this year. Martinez is hitting .333/.403/.657 with 38 home runs, 108 RBIs and 94 runs scored, and Betts is batting .340 with 27 homers, 64 RBIs, 102 runs and 24 stolen bases.

For the visiting squad, Cleveland’s pitching staff allowed 4.0 runs per game and its starters own a 3.34 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 9.39 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 4.81, along with a K-per-9 of 8.96.

The Indians offense has slashed .259/.332/.441 on its way to 5.1 runs scored per game this year, including 5.8 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 5.0 per game over the team’s last five outings (3-2 SU).

Shortstop Francisco Lindor and outfielder Michael Brantley continue to lead Cleveland’s hitters. Lindor is slashing .289/.369/.542 with 29 home runs, 76 RBIs, 105 runs and 19 stolen bases, while Brantley (.301/.357/.470) has produced 14 homers, 68 RBIs and 73 runs scored.

The Indians have lost 0.8 units and are 16-15 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher this year. The over has cashed in 15 of those games, compared to 15 that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the Red Sox have netted 30.6 units and are 62-36 ATS when facing a righty starter. The over has hit in 44 of those games, compared to 49 that went under the total.

Cleveland Indians at Boston Red Sox Free Prediction

Predictions: SU Winner – Red Sox, ATS Winner – Indians, O/U – OVER

Betting Trends

  • Each offenses has tallied 16 extra-base hits over its last five outings.
  • The Indians have hit 13 home runs in their last 10 games, including eight over their last five.
  • Boston has averaged 20.7 runs + hits + errors over its last 10 outings and 19.6 over its last five.