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MLB Game Preview - Indians underdogs vs Red Sox at Cleveland

Boston Red SoxCleveland Indians
April 18, 7:05 PM | GrassProgressive Field

Boston Red Sox vs Cleveland Indians Odds


Boston pays a visit to Cleveland on Thursday, hoping to shut down the Indians bats in baseball action at Progressive Field.

Jon Lester, with a record of 2-0 on the season, gets the ball for the Red Sox, while the Indians trot Zach McAllister to the mound in this one. He is 1-1 so far in 2013.

View Boston vs Cleveland Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Those who planned on backing the visitors in this one found the Red Sox listed as favorites of 120 at most sportsbooks, including Bovada. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 8, check for updates at 5Dimes.

Power Rankings:
The Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings have the Indians at No. 15 in the American League and the Red Sox at No. 3 in the American League heading into this contest.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to getting on base, the visiting Red Sox rank No. 6 in the American League at 8.8 hits per game. That compares with Cleveland’s No. 12 ranking in that category.

Comparing defensive stats, Boston owns the American League's No. 2-rated road mark, allowing 3 runs per game on the highway. Cleveland, on the other hand, rates No. 13 in scoring at home.

Last time out for Boston, they were a 6-3 winner as they battled the Indians on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Red Sox at +122 were rewarded, while the 9 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. The Red Sox enjoyed a 6-3 victory at the expense of the Indians on Wednesday, with Alfredo Aceves throwing 5 innings of 7-hit ball at Progressive Field.

Boston Red Sox Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Kansas City are 5-5
After playing Cleveland are 7-3
After a win are 6-4

Cleveland Indians Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Houston are 4-6
After playing Boston are 3-7
After a loss are 5-5

A few Red Sox at Indians trends to consider:
Boston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Boston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston's last 5 games on the road
Boston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Cleveland
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Cleveland's last 13 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Cleveland's last 8 games
Cleveland is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games
Cleveland is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games at home

Next up:
Boston home to Kansas City, Friday, April 19
Cleveland at Houston, Friday, April 19