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Slumping Sox May Have to Wait for Revenge in ALDS Rematch

Their nine-game win streak may have ended on Sunday but the Indians have broken into full stride at the perfect time with a tough stretch of games in front of them. They’ll open up a series against the slumping Red Sox this evening and they’ll be favorites for the Beantown affair.

SHARK BITES
  • The Indians are 6-1 SU in their last 7 games as favorites against the Red Sox.
  • The Red Sox are 2-6 SU and 1-7 on the runline in their last 8 games.
  • The Indians are 7-0 SU in their last 7 games against right-handed starting pitchers.

Not having played since the Indians swept their American League Division Series last October, the Red Sox still have unfinished business with the Tribe. They may, however, have to wait for vengeance with Doug Fister (0-5, 7.46 ERA) taking the mound for the Crimson Hose.

Since being picked up off waivers, Fister has been less than impressive. In three appearances in front of the Fenway faithful, the 33-year-old righty has put together an ugly 8.31 ERA in just 13 innings of work.

Cleveland will call upon Mike Clevinger in the icebreaker with the second-year man working on a nice little 2.15 ERA in seven starts away from Believeland this year. He was roughed up in his last outing but the Red Sox’ offense is having fits, hitting just .227 over Boston’s last six games.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Boston Red Sox were listed as 120 moneyline underdogs earlier in the day at BetOnline, while odds makers set the opening total line around 10.5 earlier at Bovada.

Odds Shark computer score prediction models pick a possible 6.8-3.2 win for the Indians on Monday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Cleveland Indians vs Boston Red Sox Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Boston (57-49) will face the 57-46 Indians in this tilt. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Boston vs Cleveland injuries news.

The Boston Red Sox sit at No. 18 in the current MLB power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Cleveland Indians sit at No. 1 on the same chart.

Statistical Matchup

Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features the Boston Red Sox No. 15-ranked scoring average of 4.65 runs per game, against a Cleveland Indians offense rated No. 8 and scoring 4.89 runs per game. The Red Sox have averaged 8.98 hits per game to date this season, more than the Indians hitters have managed (8.95 per nine innings).

Cleveland brings the No. 3-rated defense to this matchup, facing the Red Sox's No. 4-ranked defense.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Cleveland looks to rebound from a loss to the White Sox, who beat them 3-1 on Sunday behind a start from C Rodon at Guaranteed Rate Field.

The Red Sox were saddled with a loss last time out in D Pomeranz's start, as they lost 5-3 against Kansas City on Sunday at Fenway Park.

Betting Trends
  • Cleveland is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cleveland's last 6 games
  • Cleveland is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Cleveland is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games on the road
  • Boston is 1-7 ATS in its last 8 games
  • Boston is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Boston's last 7 games
  • Boston is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Cleveland at Boston, Tuesday, August 1st

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