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Are the Surging Indians Being Undervalued vs the Inconsistent Red Sox?

Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis (22) motions to the Indians dugout after hitting a double during the seventh inning of the Major League Baseball game between the Texas Rangers and Cleveland Indians on August 7, 2019, at Progressive Field in Cleveland, OH.

The Cleveland Indians are a league-best 42-17 SU since June 4 and will look to keep the momentum rolling ahead of a three-game series with the Boston Red Sox tonight.

Red Sox vs Indians Game Center

Standout Stats

Sportsbooks opened the Red Sox as -113 road favorites with a total of 10.

Eduardo Rodriguez will get the start for the Red Sox. Rodriguez (13-5, 4.17 ERA) has limited opponents to two or fewer runs in six of his previous eight contests. The 26-year-old is 7-4 with a 4.46 ERA in 12 road starts in 2019.

Zach Plesac will counter on the bump for Cleveland. Plesac (6-3, 3.13) is unbeaten in his past six trips to the mound after holding Texas to five hits over six scoreless frames in a no-decision last Wednesday. The hurler allowed one run on four hits and a walk in his major-league debut on May 28 against Boston but didn’t factor into the decision.

The Red Sox split four contests against the Los Angeles Angels over the weekend and are just 3-11 SU in their last 14 games to fall 7 1/2 games behind Tampa Bay in the race for the AL’s second wild-card spot.

Indians’ slugger Carlos Santana leads Cleveland with 25 home runs and 70 RBI after launching a tie-breaking grand slam in the top of the 10th innings on Sunday. Teammate Yasiel Puig added an RBI double and has gone 15-for-42 with six runs batted in 11 games since getting traded from Cincinnati.

Cleveland rookie Oscar Mercado will be attempting to build off a solid series against the Red Sox earlier this season. Mercado was 6-for-15 with six runs scored as the Tribe took two of three against Boston at Fenway Park from May 27-29.

My best bet for Red Sox-Indians

Indians Moneyline

The Red Sox are a tough team to trust night in and night out right now, and the Indians have rightfully earned the title of the hottest team in baseball over the previous few months. Getting Cleveland at home as plus-money underdogs (+103) is a great spot tonight, especially with the streaking Plesac on the hill. Take the Indians on the moneyline.

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