Boston Red Sox vs Cleveland Indians Prediction, 8/29/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Boston Red Sox vs Cleveland Indians
Date: Sunday, August 29, 2021
Location: Progressive Field in Cleveland, OH
TV: SportsTime Ohio
Odds/Point Spread: Boston (-250) Cleveland (+185)
Progressive Field is the site where Eli Morgan and the Cleveland Indians (63-63, 2nd in AL Central) will take on the Boston Red Sox (74-56, 3rd in AL East) on Sunday. The moneyline on this matchup has the Red Sox coming in at -250 and the Indians are at +185. The total is set at 9.5. The pitchers who are expected to start will be Tanner Houck and Eli Morgan.
Boston is slugging .444 and have been called out on strikes 1,096 times, while taking a walk on 399 occasions. They have accrued 621 RBI's as well as 1,133 hits this season, while their average at the plate is sitting at .259. The Red Sox have tallied 268 two-baggers as a unit and have knocked 170 balls out of the stadium. They have tallied 659 runs and have an OBP of .326. As a squad, the Boston Red Sox are scoring 5.1 runs per game, which has them sitting at 4th in baseball.
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The Red Sox are sitting with a team ERA of 4.29 for the season (15th in baseball), and their staff has rung up 1,215 hitters. They have a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.78 and the pitching staff holds a collective WHIP of 1.39. Red Sox pitchers have surrendered 140 long balls in addition to 596 total runs (16th in baseball). They have walked 437 opposing batters and their FIP sits at 3.95 as a squad for the year.
The Red Sox have sent 435 relief pitchers to the mound on the campaign. The relief pitchers have inherited 206 runners on the season and 30.1% of those runners earned a run for their team. They have accumulated 39 saves on the season and have blown 19 of 58 save opportunities. The Red Sox bullpen have compiled a save rate of 67.2% and stepped onto the hill in 139 save situations. The relief pitchers have notched 76 holds on the year (5th in MLB). Red Sox pitchers have gone to the mound with runners on base 132 times in addition to having 141 appearances in high leverage situations.
The Boston Red Sox have notched a total of 3,403 putouts over the course of the season, as well as 1,144 assists and 88 errors. Their fielding rate is holding steady at .981 which has them ranked 28th in professional baseball, and they have turned 903 double plays. The Red Sox have converted 65.7% of balls hit into play into outs out of their 10,209 innings on the diamond, which has them sitting at 30th in pro baseball.
Houck has pitched in 56 innings and has earned 73 punch outs so far in his pro baseball career. His earned run average is 2.56 (16 ER's allowed) and his WHIP is 1.136. He has allowed 47 base knocks (7.5 hits per nine innings) and has had 17 free passes. Houck (3-3 mark in his career) has earned a FIP of 2.34 while he has faced 229 opposing batters during his time in the major leagues.
Cleveland has 163 long balls so far this season to go along with 535 runs batted in. They have hit 191 two-baggers, while walking 361 times as well as putting up 559 runs. The Cleveland Indians have earned a team OBP of .304 as well as a batting average of .237 on the year. The Indians have a team SLG% of .410 and they average 4.44 runs per game (16th in MLB). They have been called out on strikes on 1,064 occasions (23rd in MLB) and have accounted for 984 hits.
The Indians are sitting with a team WHIP of 1.287 and are the owners of a FIP of 4.36 as a unit this year. Their K/BB ratio sits at 2.63 (1,123 strikeouts vs 427 bases on balls). They are sitting at 9th in the league as a pitching staff in total hits allowed with 988. They have surrendered 163 home runs and they concede 4.70 runs per 9 innings (15th in MLB). The Cleveland pitching staff have yielded 574 runs for the season while holding a team ERA of 4.40 (537 earned runs conceded).
Cleveland bullpen pitchers hold an inherited score percentage of 35.9% out of 167 inherited runners. Their relievers have stepped onto the mound 137 times in high leverage situations in addition to 115 occasions with runners on base. Sitting with 108 save situations, the Indians have accrued 56 holds and also 17 blown saves. They are ranked 8th in baseball with a save percentage of 65.3%, and they have dispatched 421 bullpen pitchers to the mound over the course of the season. Cleveland has had relief pitchers step onto the hill in 49 save opportunities and they have earned 32 saves.
In 9,894 innings on the diamond, the Indians are sitting with a defensive efficiency of 70.1% (10th in the majors). The Cleveland Indians have turned 105 double plays and have a fielding rate of .985 (16th in baseball). The Indians have 1,098 assists, 68 errors and have amassed 3,298 putouts so far this year.
Morgan (2-6 career win-loss record) holds a 5.98 earned run average while conceding 9.7 hits per nine innings. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 4.14 and he has faced 254 opposing batters during his MLB career. He has given up 39 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.313 and having a FIP of 4.9. During his career, Morgan has allowed 63 base hits while he has accumulated 58 strikeouts in 58 frames.
Who will win tonight's MLB game ATS?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Cleveland (+185)
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