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The Cleveland Indians are paying a visit to Boston to play the Red Sox at Fenway Park. SportsTime Ohio is in line to broadcast this AL matchup and the opening pitch will be at 7:10 p.m. ET.

Cleveland Indians vs. Boston Red Sox Odds

Cleveland (+100) is hosting this game as the underdog against Boston (-110) and Vegas has set the Over/Under for this night game at 8.5 runs. The odds for betting on the game’s total stand at -115 for the over and -105 for the under. Bettors can also wager on the game’s runline with the current odds sitting at -210 for the Indians +1.5 runs and +175 for the Red Sox -1.5 runs.

The Indians have gone 71-52 SU this year and are 59-63 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 11.7 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 11.2 units ATS. Cleveland has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the total has gone under in four of those seven. The Red Sox, on the other hand, are 88-37 SU and 76-48 ATS. The team’s gained 35.7 units for moneyline bettors and 28.6 units ATS. Boston has covered the spread five times in its last seven games and the total has gone under in four of those seven.

Red Sox games have had an over/under record of 57-62-5 in 2018. The Indians have an over/under record of 61-57-4.

The right-handed Corey Kluber will get the start for the visiting Indians. Kluber (15-6, 2.68 ERA) has racked up 160 strikeouts in 167 innings so far. He has yet to face the Red Sox this year and only made one start against them in 2017 (0-1, 2.35 ERA and 12 strikeouts over 7.2 innings).

The Red Sox will put the ball in the right hand of Rick Porcello (15-5, 4.04 ERA, 1.15 WHIP), who has 150 punchouts and 36 walks. Porcello did not record a start against the Indians in 2017.

Cleveland’s pitching staff allowed 4.0 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 3.28 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 9.39 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 4.82, along with a K-per-9 of 8.95.

The Indians offense has slashed .258/.333/.439 on its way to 5.1 runs scored per game this season, including 5.1 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 4.8 per game over the team’s last five outings (4-1 SU).

Shortstop Francisco Lindor and third baseman Jose Ramirez have led Cleveland’s offense. Lindor is slashing .292/.372/.550 with 29 home runs, 76 RBIs, 102 runs and 19 stolen bases, while Ramirez has a .300 average with 37 homers, 91 RBIs, 86 runs and 27 steals.

In the other dugout, Boston’s pitchers have given up 3.7 runs per game overall this season. Its starters have a 3.54 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 9.5 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 3.33 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 9.7 K/9.

The Boston offense is putting up 5.4 runs per outing, including 5.7 per game over its last 10 games and 3.6 per game over its last five. The team has a slash-line of .210/.275/.350 over its last five games and is 3-2 SU during that span.

J.D. Martinez and Mookie Betts have led the Red Sox offense this year. Martinez is hitting .331/.402/.662 with 38 home runs, 106 RBIs and 92 runs scored, while the line for Betts stands at .343/.430/.652 with 27 homers, 64 RBIs, 100 runs and 24 stolen bases.

The Indians have lost 10.8 units and are 43-48 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has cashed in 46 of those games, compared to 42 that’ve gone under against right-handed starting pitchers. On the other hand, the Red Sox have netted 35.1 units and are 61-34 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The over’s hit in 43 of those games, as opposed to 48 which went under the total.

Cleveland Indians at Boston Red Sox MLB Tip

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

Betting Trends

  • Cleveland has recorded eight extra-base hits over its last five outings. Boston has 15 XBH over its last five.
  • The Indians have won seven of their last eight games SU.
  • Boston has recorded 22.5 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 16.8 over its last five.
  • The Indians have hit nine home runs in their last 10 games. The Red Sox have hit 14 over their last 10.