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Boston Red Sox vs Cleveland Indians Lineups, preview, prediction & channel info (August 23, 2017)

With the series tied at one both teams will be looking for the edge tonight to fight for their division leads.


Boston won last night’s game 9-1. 

The Red Sox struck first Tuesday night with an RBI single by Hanley Ramirez which drove in Andrew Benintendi. Cleveland answered back in the bottom of the inning with a Francisco Lindor solo shot to tie the game up. This would be the only run the Indians scored all night. 

Boston scored runs in four separate innings to put them up 9-1 by the eighth. Cleveland starter Carlos Carrasco allowed six of those runs in 6.2 innings of work. Doug Fister was immaculate for the Red Sox, pitching all nine innings and allowing just the one run on one hit and walking two. 

Game 3 Starters – Drew Pomeranz (LHP) vs Corey Kluber (RHP)

Pomeranz brings a 3.31 ERA and 1.35 WHIP in 130.2 innings into Wednesday night’s game. The former reliever also has a 9.37 K/9 and 3.31 BB/9 on the season. In his last three games, the left-hander has 16.1 innings and allowed four earned runs on 18 hits, striking out 17. This will be his first start against Cleveland this season. 

Kluber has been as good as ever for the Indians in 2017, pitching to a 2.67 ERA and 0.92 WHIP, which is second in the AL, behind only Chris Sale. He also trails only Sale in K/9 this season with 12.17. In his last three starts, he has combined for 21.1 innings pitched, allowing five earned runs on 16 hits and striking out 24. He has yet to face Boston this season. 

Lineups

Red Sox LineupHome RunsBatting AverageOn-Base Percentage
Nunez, 3B5.330.356
Betts, RF18.264.341
Benintendi, LF18.278.356
Ramirez, DH19.251.339
Devers, 3B8.315.378
Bogaerts, SS7.278.338
Moreland, 1B14.247.333
Vazquez, C3.290.331
Bradley, CF14.262.343
Indians LineupHome RunsBatting AverageOn-Base Percentage
Lindor, SS21.264.321
Jackson, LF5.328.394
Ramirez, 2B18.300.355
Encarnacion, DH28.249.370
Bruce, RF3.340.404
Santana, 1B18.250.355
Guyer, RF2.222.324
Urshela, 3B0.200.247
Gomes, C8.219.309

Who’s hot, and who’s not

Andrew Benintendi is batting .362 for the Red Sox in August, with a .681 slugging percentage and 1.104 OPS. He is the only Boston hitter with at least 40 at-bats batting over .300 for the month. He also has at least one hit in 14 out of his last 15 games. Jackie Bradley Jr. has seven hits in his last six games which is good for a .389 average. He also has a triple, a home run, and seven RBIs in that span. 

Mookie Betts has posted a middling .645 OPS on the month and .784 on the season, over 100 points lower than last season’s rate. In his last five games, Eduardo Nunez is 4-24 with three strikeouts. None of his hits have been for extra bases either. Rafael Devers has nine strikeouts in his 25 plate appearances and has an OBP of just .280 during that span. 

Jay Bruce is batting .340 with a 1.042 OPS since coming over to Cleveland from the Mets. He has three home runs and 12 RBIs in 13 games, including nine RBIs in his last seven. Besides Bruce, Austin Jackson is the only other Indians player batting over .300 in August. He is at .314 as of Wednesday, with 16 hits in the month including two doubles, two triples, and two home runs. 

Jose Ramirez is hitting .186 on the month, and although seven of his 13 hits have been doubles, none have been home runs. He has not hit a home run since July 28. Giovanny Urshela has just three hits in his last 22 at-bats, and has gone six games without drawing a walk. 

Prediction: Indians 4 – 2 Red Sox

With such a great pitching matchup, Wednesday night’s game promises to be a close one, but I have to give the edge to the Indians with Kluber on the mound. The Cleveland righty has been dominant and is arguably the second best pitcher in the league right now behind Chris Sale. I think he is more than able to fend off the Red Sox lineup. 

Where to watch

Today’s game will be broadcast on NESN and STO, and streaming on MLB.TV for out of market subscribers. 

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Boston Red Sox vs Cleveland Indians Lineups, preview, prediction & channel info (August 23, 2017)

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