Boston Red Sox at Cleveland Indians Expert MLB Picks 8/14/2019
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
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Probable Pitchers: Brian Johnson vs. Shane Bieber
Mookie Betts and the Boston Red Sox (62-59, 3rd in AL East) are headed to Progressive Field on Wednesday where they'll take on the Cleveland Indians (72-47, 1st in AL Central).
The Red Sox have been decent for MLB wagerers, having gone 62-59-0 SU. The Indians are covering 60.5% of the time, going 72-47-0 straight up.
Valuable Boston Red Sox Betting Trends
The Red Sox have been an excellent Over play for O/U MLB bettors, having gone 72-46-3.
The Red Sox are covering 54.2% of the time as the visitor, having gone 32-27-0 straight up.
Important Cleveland Indians Betting Trends
The Indians are covering 61.9% of the time at Progressive Field, going 39-24-0 SU.
The Indians have been a strong Under play for O/U MLB bettors, having gone 50-64-5.
Key Boston Red Sox Injuries
8/12/2019 Michael Chavis 1B Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Aug 22
8/11/2019 Steve Pearce 1B Knee Out for the season
8/8/2019 David Price SP Wrist Expected to be out until at least Aug 16
8/7/2019 Dustin Pedroia 2B Knee Out for the season
8/7/2019 Heath Hembree RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Aug 21
8/6/2019 Steven Wright RP Toe Expected to be out until at least Aug 20
11/1/2019 Austin Maddox RP Shoulder Out for the season
Key Cleveland Indians Injuries
8/12/2019 Danny Salazar SP Groin Expected to be out until at least Aug 18
8/12/2019 Christian Arroyo 3B Elbow Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
8/12/2019 Hunter Wood RP Calf Probable for Aug 13
8/11/2019 Tyler Olson RP Undisclosed Expected to be out until at least Aug 20
8/10/2019 A.J RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Aug 20
8/6/2019 Jordan Luplow RF Hamstring Expected to be out until at least Aug 16
8/4/2019 Corey Kluber SP Forearm Expected to be out until at least Aug 18
8/4/2019 Bradley Zimmer CF Side Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
8/4/2019 Jefry Rodriguez SP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Aug 28
8/4/2019 Carlos Carrasco SP Illness Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
8/4/2019 Dan Otero RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Aug 15
7/12/2019 Cody Anderson RP Elbow Out for the season
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Red Sox have a 62-59 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Brian Johnson has a 1-1 record with an earned run average of 7.32 and a WHIP of 2.03 this season. He has 16 strikeouts over his 19.2 innings pitched and he's given up 32 hits. He's allowed 14.6 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 6.12. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.44 and they have given up 426 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .237 against the bullpen and they've struck out 548 hitters and walked 216 batters. As a team, Boston allows 8.9 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.9 batters per nine innings. They are 21st in the league in team earned run average at 4.83. The Red Sox pitchers collectively have given up 1,084 base hits and 590 earned runs. They have allowed 168 home runs this season, ranking them 12th in the league. Boston as a pitching staff has walked 429 batters and struck out 1,214. They have walked 3.5 men per 9 innings while striking out 9.9 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.38 and their FIP as a unit is 4.33.
As a team Boston is hitting .274, good for 2nd in the league. The Red Sox hold a .474 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .344, which is good for 3rd in baseball. They rank 1st in MLB with 9.8 hits per game. Mookie Betts is hitting .280 with an on-base percentage of .388. He has 132 hits this season in 471 at bats with 62 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .488 and an OPS+ of 125. Rafael Devers is hitting .317 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .365. He has totaled 152 hits and he has driven in 90 men in 480 at bats. His OPS+ is 134 while his slugging percentage is at .560. The Red Sox have 1,191 hits, including 265 doubles and 189 home runs. Boston has walked 450 times so far this season and they have struck out 1,028 times as a unit. They have left 890 men on base and have a team OPS of .818. They score 5.71 runs per contest and have scored a total of 697 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Cleveland has a 72-47 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 3.28, Shane Bieber has a 12-4 record and a 1.00 WHIP. He has 193 strikeouts over the 156.1 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 124 hits. He's allowing 7.1 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.22. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.27 and they have given up 339 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .237 against the Indians bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 379 batters and walked 119 opposing hitters. As a team, Cleveland allows 8 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.5 batters per nine innings. They are 3rd in the league in team earned run average at 3.65. The Indians pitchers as a team have surrendered 937 base knocks and 429 earned runs this season. They have given up 148 home runs this year, which ranks 25th in Major League Baseball. Cleveland as a staff has walked 330 hitters and struck out 1,114 batters. They give up a walk 2.8 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9.5 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.20 while their FIP as a staff is 4.01.
As a team, they are batting .251, good for 16th in the league. The Indians hold a .432 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .324, which is good for 14th in baseball. They rank 23rd in MLB with 8.4 hits per contest. Francisco Lindor comes into this matchup batting .300 with an OBP of .357. He has 124 hits this year along with 48 RBI in 414 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .519 with an OPS+ of 124. Carlos Santana is hitting .286 this season and he has an OBP of .408. He has collected 119 hits in 416 at bats while driving in 71 runs. He has an OPS+ of 142 and a slugging percentage of .531. The Indians as a unit have 996 base hits, including 211 doubles and 160 homers. Cleveland has walked 412 times this year and they have struck out on 958 occasions. They have had 796 men left on base and have an OPS of .755. They have scored 4.66 runs per game and totaled 554 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Red Sox/Indians MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Indians
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