Cleveland has dropped two games in a row, including a 4-1 setback to the Kansas City Royals as +111 road underdogs Wednesday, but the club is hoping to have one of its best players back in the dugout for this affair.
The Indians are hoping to activate Nick Swisher from the 15-day disabled list in this one, considering he’s 17 for 53 with seven doubles and two home runs in his career against tonight’s opposing starter.
MLB handicappers will find that the club is 3-7 as underdogs of +125 to +150 away from Progressive Field, with no clear edge in regards to the total (5-5 Over/Under).
Boston went 2-7 on its recently completed road trip—scoring just a single run over the last three games.
The Red Sox offensive struggles will likely continue, with designated hitter David Ortiz being hitless in eight career at-bats versus Thursday’s opposing starter.
Over the last two-plus seasons, the franchise is a disappointing 132-142 against right-handed starters.
Indians starting pitcher Josh Tomlin (4-2, 3.12 ERA) registered a 8-3 road victory over the Texas Rangers in his last outing—surrendering three runs and seven hits over eight frames.
The left-hander is 2-1 with a 3.32 ERA in three road appearances, with opposing hitters batting .240 against him (.190 at home).
In four lifetime games (three starts) versus the Red Sox, Tomlin has compiled a 1-1 record and 7.17 ERA.
Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester (6-7, 3.52 ERA) had his personal two-game winning streak snapped last time out, as he suffered a 8-6 setback on the road to the Detroit Tigers.
The left-hander is 2-4 with a 3.05 ERA in six home starts—issuing 13 walks and striking out 50 batters in 38.1 combined frames.
Lester has tallied a 6-1 record and 3.43 ERA in 13 career outings versus the Tribe.
MLB Pick: Cleveland Indians