Cleveland Indians vs. Boston Red Sox Betting Prediction 8/12/2019
Each passing day, the defending champions, Boston Red Sox (62-58), are a little further from the postseason. If you want to cut the difference and approach one of the jokers, winning the series against the fired Cleveland Indians (71-47) is paramount. Cleveland, meanwhile, is focused not only on the wild card but also point to the pennant of the Central Division of the American League.
With different goals in sight, both Boston and Cleveland require a win this week. So, let’s see how they arrive and what to expect from the first game of the series.
The Indians already lead the Central
With three wins in a series of four against the Minnesota Twins, the Indians tied their weekend rivals at the top of the sector. In the last duel of the series, Cleveland took a very important victory, in 10 innings, thanks to a Grand Slam by Carlos Santana. The victory not only allowed them to tie Minnesota at the divisional top, but by the way, and the scenario, the mood can change for everyone.
A shot to the home of Francisco Lindor in the ninth allowed the game to go to lengthen, so the defense has also been there for the Tribe. Lindor and Santana, are the heart of a strong and balanced lineup. The arrival of Franmil Reyes and Yasiel Puig has given more power to order to the bat, while contact hitters like Jason Kipnis and Greg Allen are in charge of keeping people on the pads.
But Cleveland’s strongest point is its pitching. For this Monday, Zach Plesac (6-3, 3.13 PCL) will climb the mound. The rookie debuted just before the Red Sox, but his success has been such that he has started 13 games already in the campaign. In that game, Plesac allowed a career in 5.1 job entries. In his most recent outing, he threw for six innings without allowing a run against the Texas Rangers, although he left without a decision.
Boston is far from postseason
The near future looks less encouraging for today’s champions, but if they want to get back into the fight for the wild card, the time is now. The offense remains his strongest point, and he has scored 15 runs in a four-game series against the Los Angeles Angels. While the numbers on the paper are not bad, the Boston lineup could give for much more.
Besides, the Red Sox have lost the last two games of a series of four against the Angels, including Sunday in extra innings, after another disaster in the bullpen. If we add an eight-loss streak the week before, the redheads seem to be falling apart. At this time, the defending champions have 7.5 games of disadvantage about the Tampa Bay Rays, who hold the last ticket to the playoffs.
To try to get the first of the series at Progressive Field, Eduardo Rodríguez (13-5, 4.17 PCL) will take the ball. The left-hander has been possibly the most consistent pitcher of the Sox this season. However, he does not have the potential of Chris Sale or Rick Porcello in his best days. In his last outing, he allowed two runs in five innings against the Kansas City Royals.
The bullpen has been a disaster
On Sunday, Matt Barnes showed again what the weak point of the Red Sox has been. Barnes lost for the seventh time a rescue. Although the relievers were also a headache last year, this campaign has been a real nightmare, and Craig Kimbrell’s departure has affected more than anticipated.
Cleveland will continue to rise
Unfortunately for the Red Sox, the postseason seems to be further and further away. A team that simply has not found a way to replicate the magic of last year now faces a situation similar to Boston’s in 2018. The Indians have found their best moment in the second half of the campaign, with a balanced lineup and an of the best major league rotations.
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