Cleveland Indians vs Boston Red Sox Prediction, 9/3/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Cleveland Indians vs Boston Red Sox
Date: Friday, September 3, 2021
Location: Fenway Park in Boston, MA
Odds/Point Spread: Cleveland (+190) Boston (-256)
Fenway Park is the site where Nathan Eovaldi and the Boston Red Sox (76-59, 3rd in AL East) will play the Cleveland Indians (66-64, 2nd in AL Central) on Friday. The Indians open this matchup at +190 while the Red Sox are coming in at -256. The over/under opens at 9. The pitchers who are expected to start are Cal Quantrill and Nathan Eovaldi.
Cleveland owns a slugging percentage of .411 and have been called out on strikes 1,104 times, while being walked on 379 occasions. They have accumulated 555 RBI's and 1,020 hits on the year, while their batting average is .237. The Indians have accrued 198 two-baggers as a team and have knocked 170 balls out of the stadium. They have a total of 581 runs scored while holding a team OBP of .305. As a team, the Cleveland Indians are knocking in 4.5 runs per contest, which has them at 16th in the league.
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The Indians have compiled a team earned run average of 4.34 this season (17th in MLB), and they have rung up 1,160 batters. They have walked 438 batters and their FIP is 4.34 as a squad on the year. Their strikeout to walk ratio is 2.65 and their pitching staff has earned a collective WHIP of 1.28. Indians pitchers have allowed 169 home runs and also 589 runs (15th in MLB).
The Indians bullpen have a save rate of 66.7% and has stepped onto the mound in 110 save situations. The relief pitchers have inherited 168 runners for the season and 35.7% of them ended up scoring. Indians pitchers have gone to the mound with opponents on base 119 times in addition to having 145 appearances in high leverage situations. The Indians have sent 436 relief pitchers to the hill this year. The relief pitchers have tallied 56 holds this year (23rd in the league). They have compiled 34 saves on the campaign and have blown 17 out of their 51 save opportunities.
The Cleveland Indians have earned a total of 3,415 putouts on the campaign, in addition to 1,139 assists and 71 errors. Their fielding percentage is holding at .985 which puts them in 16th in professional baseball, and they have twisted 913 double plays. The Indians have turned 70.2% of balls in play into outs out of 10,245 innings, which has them sitting 9th in pro baseball.
Quantrill has taken the mound for 251 innings and has racked up 215 strikeouts in his MLB career. His earned run average is 3.75 (105 ER's allowed) and he has a career WHIP of 1.248. He has given up 240 hits (8.6 hits per 9 innings) and has 74 free passes. Quantrill (12-10 career win-loss mark) sits with a FIP of 4.03 and he has faced 1,064 opposing batters in the major leagues.
The Boston Red Sox have compiled a team OBP of .325 in addition to a team batting average of .259 this season. They have struck out on 1,147 occasions (18th in baseball) and have tallied 1,179 base knocks. Boston has accounted for 178 HRs this year as well as 639 runs batted in. The Red Sox have a team slugging percentage of .444 and they score 5.02 runs per contest (5th in MLB). They have put up 275 doubles, while getting a free base 411 times and earning 678 runs.
The Red Sox hold a team WHIP of 1.386 and have a FIP of 3.99 as a staff so far this season. They are currently ranked 28th in the league as a staff in total hits given up with 1,172. The Boston pitching staff have yielded 622 runs so far this year while having an ERA of 4.31 (564 earned runs conceded). Their K/BB ratio is 2.73 (1,254 strikeouts against 459 bases on balls). They have given up 146 HR's and they relinquish 4.76 runs per 9 innings (18th in the league).
Boston relief pitchers have an inherited score rate of 31.7% out of 218 inherited base runners. Their bullpen pitchers have stepped onto the mound 153 times in high leverage situations in addition to 140 occasions with runners on. Sitting with 145 save situations, the Red Sox have 79 holds in addition to 20 blown saves. They are currently ranked 6th in MLB holding a save rate of 67.2%, and they have dispatched 452 relievers to the hill so far this year. Boston has called on relievers to take the mound in 61 save opportunities and they have tallied 41 saves.
The Boston Red Sox have turned 119 double plays and hold a fielding percentage of .981 (29th in MLB). The Red Sox have recorded 1,181 assists, 92 errors and have earned 3,532 putouts on the campaign. In their 10,596 innings on the field, the Red Sox hold a defensive efficiency of 65.9% (30th in the majors).
So far in his career, Eovaldi has allowed 1,160 hits while he has accumulated 916 strikeouts in 1,116 innings. Eovaldi (60-64 career record) has a 4.19 ERA and has surrendered 9.4 hits per nine innings. He has conceded a total of 520 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.332 and a FIP of 3.8. He has a K/BB ratio of 2.80 and he has gone up against 4,758 hitters so far in his career.
Who will win tonight's MLB game ATS?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Boston (-256)
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