Cleveland Indians at Boston Red Sox 8/23/2018 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Thursday, August 23, 2018
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Probable Pitchers: Adam Plutko vs. David Price
The Cleveland Indians head to Fenway Park on Thursday, August 23, 2018 to take on the Boston Red Sox. The expected starting pitchers are Adam Plutko for the Indians and David Price for the Red Sox.
The odds for this matchup have Cleveland at +157 and Boston at -167. The Indians have a 62-58-5 over/under mark and a 60-65-0 run line record. The Red Sox are 75-52-0 against the run line and have a 58-63-6 over/under record.
Valuable Cleveland Indians Betting Trends
The Cleveland Indians are 62-58-5 against the over/under
The Cleveland Indians are 60-65-0 against the run line
Important Boston Red Sox Betting Trends
The Boston Red Sox are 58-63-6 against the over/under
The Boston Red Sox are 75-52-0 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 73-52 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Adam Plutko has a 4-3 record with an earned run average of 4.62 and a WHIP of 1.15 this year. He has 35 strikeouts over his 48.2 innings pitched and he's given up 44 hits. He allows 8.1 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 5.66. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.77 and they have given up 327 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .248 against the bullpen and they've struck out 337 hitters and walked 109 batters. As a team, Cleveland allows 8.2 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.2 batters per nine innings. They are 8th in the league in team earned run average at 3.74. The Indians pitchers collectively have given up 1,030 base hits and 467 earned runs. They have allowed 152 home runs this season, ranking them 10th in the league. Cleveland as a pitching staff has walked 299 batters and struck out 1,155. They have walked 2.4 men per 9 innings while striking out 9.2 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.18 and their FIP as a unit is 3.78.
As a team Cleveland is hitting .259, good for 4th in the league. The Indians hold a .441 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .330, which is good for 5th in baseball. They rank 4th in MLB with 8.9 hits per game. Jose Ramirez is hitting .296 with an on-base percentage of .409. He has 134 hits this season in 453 at bats with 91 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .623 and an OPS+ of 170. Francisco Lindor is hitting .289 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .368. He has totaled 146 hits and he has driven in 76 men in 505 at bats. His OPS+ is 139 while his slugging percentage is at .543. The Indians have 1,115 hits, including 236 doubles and 173 home runs. Cleveland has walked 422 times so far this season and they have struck out 917 times as a unit. They have left 862 men on base and have a team OPS of .771. They score 5.11 runs per contest and have scored a total of 639 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Boston has a 88-39 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 3.69, David Price has a 13-6 record and a 1.19 WHIP this season. He has 142 strikeouts over the 141.1 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 127 hits. He allows 8.1 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.94. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.32 and they have given up 357 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .225 against the Red Sox bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 455 batters and walked 169 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 3.5. The Red Sox pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,001 base knocks and 446 earned runs this season. They have given up 131 home runs this year, which ranks 22nd in Major League Baseball. Boston as a staff has walked 387 hitters and struck out 1,220 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 3.67.
As a team, they are batting .268, good for 1st in the league. The Red Sox hold a .459 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .336, which is good for 2nd in baseball. They rank 1st in MLB with 9.3 hits per contest. J.D. Martinez comes into this matchup batting .331 with an OBP of .401. He has 152 hits this year along with 106 RBI in 459 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .658 with an OPS+ of 179. Andrew Benintendi is hitting .300 this season and he has an OBP of .380. He has collected 138 hits in 460 at bats while driving in 71 runs. He has an OPS+ of 135 and a slugging percentage of .498. The Red Sox as a unit have 1,182 base hits, including 285 doubles and 169 homers. Boston has walked 429 times this year and they have struck out on 970 occasions. They have had 866 men left on base and have an OPS of .795. They have scored 5.39 runs per game and totaled 684 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Indians/Red Sox MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Indians +157
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