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Cleveland Indians vs Boston Red Sox Match Preview and Free Picks
The Boston Red Sox and the Cleveland Indians expected to be at or near the top of their respective divisions around Memorial Day, but both are lagging behind. The Red Sox will try to take advantage of the slumping Indians when they host the opener of a three-game series on Monday.
Boston, which avoided a three-game sweep at Houston with a 4-1 win on Sunday, enters the final week of May 6 1/2 games behind the New York Yankees in the American League East with a four-game series in the Bronx looming next weekend. The Red Sox grabbed the win on Sunday behind a two-hit day from third baseman Rafael Devers, who homered for the fourth time in the last six games and lifted his team-best batting average to .330. Cleveland dropped six of its last seven games and finished off a frustrating 11-game homestand with a 6-3 loss to Tampa Bay on Sunday that dropped it to 10 games behind the surprising Minnesota Twins in the AL Central. The Indians will try not to lose any more ground behind right-hander Jefry Rodriguez on Monday while Boston sends righty Rick Porcello to the mound.
Divisional bragging rights will be on the line on Thursday when the Chicago White Sox and the Cleveland Indians meet at Progressive Field.
The White Sox will give the ball to starter James Shields in this one. Right hander Shields is 7-16 this season with a 4.53 ERA.
Meanwhile, it'll be Josh Tomlin who starts for the Indians. Right hander Tomlin is 0-5 with a 6.49 ERA so far this season.
Oddsmakers opened the Indians as -195-moneyline favorites versus the White Sox, while the game's total opened at 9.5.
Last time out for Cleveland, they were a 4-1 winner as they battled the White Sox on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Indians at -345 were rewarded, while the 5 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.
The White Sox were a 4-1 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Indians. That made winners of bettors who got Cleveland at -345 on the moneyline, while the total score (5) was good news for UNDER bettors.
Cleveland Indians: Rodriguez is coming off his roughest start of the young season after allowing the Oakland Athletics five runs - four earned - on seven hits and a season-high four walks in a season-low four innings. The 25-year-old Dominican worked at least six innings in each of his previous four outings. Rodriguez, who received a total three runs of support in his four losses, is making his first career appearance against Boston.
Boston Red Sox: Porcello turned in a quality start for the fifth time in his last six outings when he held the Toronto Blue Jays to one run on three hits in six innings Wednesday but was held out of the decision after watching the bullpen squander a lead. The New Jersey native was pulled after 80 pitches against the Blue Jays and did not walk a batter while striking out four. Porcello made a pair of starts against Cleveland last season and went 0-1 while allowing a total of nine runs - eight earned - and 14 hits in 12 innings.
Chicago White Sox Betting Odds Trends
|Team record: 59-92 SU|
|Current Streak: lost 3 straight games.|
|Chi White Sox is 3-10 SU in its last 13 games|
|Chi White Sox is 16-6 ATS in its last 22 games on the road|
|Chi White Sox is 1-8 ATS in its last 9 games when playing Cleveland|
Cleveland Indians Betting Odds Trends
|Team record: 85-66 SU|
|Cleveland is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games at home|
|Cleveland is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games at home|
|Cleveland is 8-1 ATS in its last 9 games when playing Chi White Sox|
Cleveland Indians vs Boston Red Sox Betting Fantasy Props Full List
|Cleveland Indians||+1.5 (-125)||+147||O 10.0 (-115)|
|Boston Red Sox||-1.5 (+105)||-172||U 10.0 (-105)|
|Cleveland Indians||+0.5 (-105)||+140||O 5.5 (-110)|
|Boston Red Sox||-0.5 (-125)||-170||U 5.5 (-120)|
|Cleveland Indians||+0.5 (-305)||–||O 0.5 (-145)|
|Boston Red Sox||-0.5 (+230)||–||U 0.5 (+110)|