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Red Sox vs Indians Baseball Game Preview

Boston Red SoxCleveland Indians
May 23, 7:05 PM | GrassProgressive Field

Boston Red Sox vs Cleveland Indians Odds

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The Cleveland Indians will look to bolster their win total and reward moneyline bettors when the Boston Red Sox invade Progressive Field on Monday.

Cleveland sends Justin Masterson out against Clay Buchholz for the Red Sox in this game. Masterson is 5-2 with a 2.52 ERA on the season, while Buchholz is 4-3 on the year and has a 3.42 ERA.

View Boston vs Cleveland Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to side with the Indians in this one will find them as +100 underdogs on the MLB money line. Betting the over under instead? It was hovering near 8.5 at its open earlier today.

Power Rankings:
The MLB Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Indians rated this week at No. 2 and the Red Sox sitting at No. 6.

How They Match Up:
On offense, it's a battle between Cleveland and its American League No. 2-rated batting order, averaging 5.2 runs per nine innings, against the American League's No. 3 lineup of the Red Sox at 4.5 runs per outing.

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Cleveland has the American League's No. 3-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Red Sox own the American League's No. 11 mark in runs allowed.

In their last action, Boston was a 5-1 winner at home against the Cubs. Bettors on Boston at -187 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (6) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well. Boston rolled to a 5-1 win against Chicago on Sunday, as Tim Wakefield and the Red Sox' bats led the team to victory at Fenway Park.

Cleveland won its last outing, a 12-4 result against the Reds on May 22. Bettors who backed the Indians at -110 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (16) sent OVER bettors to the payout window. The Indians grabbed a win last time out, defeating Edinson Volquez and the Reds 12-4 on Sunday at Progressive Field.

Boston Red Sox Trends:
When playing on Monday are 7-3
Before playing Cleveland are 4-6
After playing Chi Cubs are 3-2
After a win are 8-2

Cleveland Indians Trends:
When playing on Monday are 5-5
Before playing Boston are 7-3
After playing Cincinnati are 5-5
After a win are 5-5

A few Red Sox at Indians trends to consider:
Boston is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games
Boston is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston's last 6 games when playing Cleveland
Boston is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Cleveland
Cleveland is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Boston
Cleveland is 18-2 SU in its last 20 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Cleveland's last 8 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Cleveland's last 12 games

Next up:
Boston at Cleveland, Tuesday, May 24