The Boston Red Sox (56-58) and Cleveland Indians (52-61) will continue a four-game American League series on Saturday night at Progressive Field, with the first pitch scheduled for 6:05 ET
Boston Red Sox at Cleveland Indians
Boston snapped a three-game losing streak in capturing a 3-2 victory over Cleveland on Friday night, as the club received a dominant outing from one of its starters, which had been missing over the last 20 games. The Red Sox had lost 13 of their last 20 games before last night’s win, with the rotation compiling a 5.82 ERA in that span. The club has tallied a 26-19 record away from Fenway Park since April 23, which is the top mark among all AL teams in that period of time. Boston is 5-5 as a road favorite of -125 to -150, with the “under” going 7-3 in those contests.
Red Sox starting pitcher Franklin Morales (3-2, 3.14 ERA) will make his second straight start, posting a 6-4 home win over the Minnesota Twins in his last effort, allowing one run and three hits over six strong innings. The left-hander is 1-0 with a 1.35 ERA in 15 appearances (three starts) on the road, issuing just eight walks and striking out 40 batters in 33.1 combined frames. In six lifetime relief appearances against the Indians, Morales is 0-1 with a 7.20 ERA.
Cleveland has lost 12 of its last 14 games and was unable to get anything going offensively in the second game of the series. The Indians are hoping that shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera can carry a struggling offense the rest of the weekend, batting .333 over his last 17 games. The club came into last night’s matchup with an 8-19 (.296) record since the All-Star break, which was the lowest win percentage in the AL over that span. Cleveland is 5-13 when playing on Saturday this year.
Indians starting pitcher Zach McAllister (4-4, 3.60 ERA) is coming off a poor effort in a 14-3 home loss to the Minnesota Twins, allowing nine runs (two earned) and six hits over 1.2 innings of work. The right-hander is 2-2 with a 3.38 ERA in eight home outings, surrendering seven home runs in 45.1 combined frames. McAllister suffered a 4-1 road loss to the Red Sox in his only career start against them on May 12.
Sports bettors will likely back the Indians due to their 5-0 mark in McAllister’s last five starts as an underdog, while the Red Sox are 3-8 in their last 11 games as a favorite.
Pick: Cleveland Indians +120
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