Quite a turnaround
Boston has turned things around after enduring its longest losing streak in 20 years, as it captured its seventh victory in a row with a 4-0 home win over the Tampa Bay Rays Sunday, while going 'under' the betting total for a fifth consecutive affair. The Red Sox won six of seven games against the Indians last year—facing former manager Terry Francona for the first time since he left Beantown after the 2011 season. MLB handicappers will find that the club is 7-5 on the road with a money line of -100 to -125, with the 'under' going 9-3 in that situation.
Brought out the broom
Cleveland is coming off a three-game home sweep of the Colorado Rockies, which included a 6-4 victory Sunday, while going 'over' the betting total for a second consecutive contest. The Indians starting rotation has been knocked around this year, but the group leads the Majors in striking out 504 batters. Over the last two-plus seasons, the Cleveland Indians are 26-25 as home underdogs of +100 to +125.
Red Sox starting pitcher John Lackey (6-3, 3.27 ERA) registered a 4-0 home victory over the Atlanta Braves in his last effort, as he allowed eight hits over 6.1 shutout innings. The right-hander is 2-1 with a 3.51 ERA in four road outings, but he’s surrendered six home runs in 25.2 combined frames. In 17 lifetime appearances versus the Indians, Lackey has compiled a 7-7 record and 3.98 ERA.
Indians starting pitcher Justin Masterson (2-4, 5.21 ERA) suffered a 2-1 road defeat to the Chicago White Sox last time out, as he gave up a single run and four hits over three innings. The right-hander is 2-1 with a 4.72 ERA in six home starts, with opposing hitters batting .269 against him.Masterson went 0-2 with a 7.36 ERA in two starts versus the Red Sox in 2013.
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Red Sox as one of their MLB picks, as the Indians have gone 1-7 in Masterson’s last eight outings against AL East opponents.
Free MLB Pick: Boston Red Sox -115