Cleveland Indians versus Boston Red Sox (May 28)
The Cleveland Indians, currently in second in the AL Central, head to Boston to take on the Red Sox, who are third in the AL East.
Zach Plesac is scheduled to start on the mound for the Indians and David Price is set to start for the Red Sox.
Offensively, the Indians continue to struggle, hitting just .221 as a team with 54 home runs and 3.8 runs per game.
Carlos Santana it tops on the team in home runs (9), RBI (29) and batting average (.285).
No other player on the Indians have over 20 RBI, another indication of their offensive woes.
Francisco Lindor has seven home runs, while Roberto Perez and Jordan Luplow each have six home runs.
The Red Sox have been a very potent offensive team, averaging 5.2 runs per game.
Mitch Moreland leads in both home runs (13) and RBI (34).
Michael Chavis, Xander Bogaerts, JD Martinez and Mookie Betts add a combined 36 home runs, adding to the power production.
Rafael Devers leads the team with a .330 batting average, setting the table for the big bats in the middle of the order.
Zach Plesac has yet to make a Major League appearance.
He was dominating in the minors this season, going 4-1 with a 1.41 ERA.
He allowed only two home runs in 57 1/3 innings.
Closer Brad Hand has an ERA just over one and has recorded 13 saves.
The other top relievers in terms of usage are Dan Otero, Nick Wittgram and Adam Cimber.
They all contribute to a team that allows only 3.9 runs per game.
For the Red Sox, David Price is 2-2 with a 3.24 ERA. He’s struck out 47 in 41 2/3 innings, while walking just 10.
Marcus Walden has been the workhorse out of the bullpen, allowing only five earned runs in 30 1/3 innings.
Health Henbree as an ERA of 3.04 in 23 2/3 innings, while Colten Brewer has struggled a bit with a 4.86 ERA in 22 innings.
All told, the Red Sox are giving up an average of 4.6 runs per game.
It’s difficult to determine how well the Red Sox will fare against a new pitcher such as Plesac.
Generally a new pitcher has an advantage at least the first time through the lineup.
This could result in lower run production than usual for the Red Sox.
Price has been good enough to keep a struggling Cleveland offense still searching for enough runs to win consistently.
The Red Sox should win by a 4-2 or 5-2 margin, making the “under” the safe way to go in this one.
PICK – UNDER 9.5