Cleveland Indians at Boston Red Sox 8/20/2018 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Monday, August 20, 2018
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Probable Pitchers: Corey Kluber vs. Rick Porcello
The Cleveland Indians head to Fenway Park on Monday, August 20, 2018 to take on the Boston Red Sox. The expected starting pitchers are Corey Kluber for the Indians and Rick Porcello for the Red Sox.
The odds for this matchup have Cleveland at -120 and Boston at +110. The Indians have a 61-57-4 over/under mark and a 58-64-0 run line record. The Red Sox are 74-50-0 against the run line and have a 57-62-5 over/under record.
Valuable Cleveland Indians Betting Trends
The Cleveland Indians are 61-57-4 against the over/under
The Cleveland Indians are 58-64-0 against the run line
Important Boston Red Sox Betting Trends
The Boston Red Sox are 57-62-5 against the over/under
The Boston Red Sox are 74-50-0 against the run line
Key Cleveland Indians Injuries
08/14/18 P Trevor Bauer Ankle 10-day DL (08/12)
08/12/18 DH Edwin Encarnacion Hand 10-day DL (08/11)
08/09/18 CF Leonys Martin Illness 10-day DL (08/09)
07/28/18 CF Tyler Naquin Hip 10-day DL (07/28)
07/10/18 P Josh Tomlin Hamstring 10-day DL (07/10)
07/04/18 RF Lonnie Chisenhall Calf 60-day DL (07/03)
06/20/18 P Evan Marshall Elbow 10-day DL (06/20)
05/04/18 P Danny Salazar Shoulder 60-day DL (03/26)
03/26/18 P Cody Anderson Elbow 60-day DL (02/25)
03/26/18 P Ryan Merritt Knee 60-day DL (03/26)
03/26/18 P James Hoyt Oblique 10-day DL (03/26)
Key Boston Red Sox Injuries
08/18/18 P Chris Sale Shoulder 10-day DL (08/15)
08/17/18 3B Rafael Devers Hamstring 10-day DL (08/17)
07/15/18 P Eduardo Rodriguez Ankle 10-day DL (07/15)
07/08/18 C Christian Vazquez Finger 10-day DL (07/08)
06/27/18 P Steven Wright Knee 10-day DL (06/23)
06/02/18 2B Dustin Pedroia Knee 60-day DL (05/30)
05/15/18 P Carson Smith Shoulder 60-day DL (05/15)
03/30/18 P Austin Maddox Shoulder 60-day DL (03/29)
03/26/18 SS Marco Hernandez Shoulder 60-day DL (03/29)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Indians have a 70-52 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Corey Kluber has a 15-6 record with an earned run average of 2.68 and a WHIP of 0.92 this year. He has 160 strikeouts over his 168 innings pitched and he's given up 133 hits. He allows 7.1 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.31. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.86 and they have given up 321 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .249 against the bullpen and they've struck out 328 hitters and walked 107 batters. As a team, Cleveland allows 8.2 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.3 batters per nine innings. They are 7th in the league in team earned run average at 3.77. The Indians pitchers collectively have given up 1,003 base hits and 460 earned runs. They have allowed 152 home runs this season, ranking them 8th in the league. Cleveland as a pitching staff has walked 295 batters and struck out 1,128. They have walked 2.4 men per 9 innings while striking out 9.3 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.18 and their FIP as a unit is 3.84.
As a team Cleveland is hitting .258, good for 4th in the league. The Indians hold a .439 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .330, which is good for 4th in baseball. They rank 4th in MLB with 8.9 hits per game. Jose Ramirez is hitting .301 with an on-base percentage of .412. He has 133 hits this season in 442 at bats with 91 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .636 and an OPS+ of 174. Francisco Lindor is hitting .292 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .372. He has totaled 145 hits and he has driven in 76 men in 496 at bats. His OPS+ is 142 while his slugging percentage is at .550. The Indians have 1,085 hits, including 230 doubles and 167 home runs. Cleveland has walked 412 times so far this season and they have struck out 896 times as a unit. They have left 841 men on base and have a team OPS of .768. They score 5.08 runs per contest and have scored a total of 620 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Boston has a 88-36 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 4.04, Rick Porcello has a 15-5 record and a 1.15 WHIP this season. He has 150 strikeouts over the 151.2 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 138 hits. He allows 8.2 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.74. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.34 and they have given up 352 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .227 against the Red Sox bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 445 batters and walked 165 opposing hitters. As a team, Boston allows 7.8 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.6 batters per nine innings. They are 2nd in the league in team earned run average at 3.48. The Red Sox pitchers as a team have surrendered 977 base knocks and 433 earned runs this season. They have given up 124 home runs this year, which ranks 24th in Major League Baseball. Boston as a staff has walked 378 hitters and struck out 1,200 batters. They give up a walk 3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9.6 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.21 while their FIP as a staff is 3.61.
As a team, they are batting .269, good for 1st in the league. The Red Sox hold a .463 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .339, which is good for 2nd in baseball. They rank 1st in MLB with 9.4 hits per contest. J.D. Martinez comes into this matchup batting .333 with an OBP of .404. He has 149 hits this year along with 106 RBI in 447 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .667 with an OPS+ of 182. Andrew Benintendi is hitting .299 this season and he has an OBP of .380. He has collected 134 hits in 448 at bats while driving in 70 runs. He has an OPS+ of 135 and a slugging percentage of .500. The Red Sox as a unit have 1,162 base hits, including 277 doubles and 169 homers. Boston has walked 424 times this year and they have struck out on 943 occasions. They have had 850 men left on base and have an OPS of .801. They have scored 5.46 runs per game and totaled 677 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Indians/Red Sox MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Indians -120
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