Boston Red Sox vs. Cleveland Indians
Where and when: Progressive Park, Cleveland, Ohio, Monday, 7:10 pm EST
Game one of a three-game set between the Boston Red Sox and the Cleveland Indians will take place at Progressive Park in Cleveland, Ohio, on Monday night at 7:10 pm EST. Cleveland enters the contest on a tear while also winning two of three games versus the Red Sox in May.
The Indians briefly took over the top spot in the AL Central after taking two straight from the top-seeded Minnesota Twins last weekend. However, they fell one game behind after dropping game-three by a 4-1 score on Saturday night at Target Park, thus setting the stage for an all-important finale on Sunday. Nonetheless, the Indians have won three of their last four matchups versus Minnesota while a win would seal their second series win of the year over the Twins, overall.
As for their upcoming series matchup versus Boston, Cleveland went into Fenway Park in May to take games two and three of a three-game set thanks to their offense rebounding from a 12-5 shellacking in the opener. In the remaining two games, Cleveland’s offense exploded for a total of twenty-one runs thanks to huge games by Carlos Santana along with Francisco Lindor.
And while the Indians were able to pick up wins in seven of their last ten games, the Red Sox find themselves in a different circumstance at this time of year. In fact, after dropping six of their last nine outings, they currently occupy third-place, four and a half games behind the Tampa Bay Rays. However, they began their four-game home series versus the Los Angeles Angels on an outstanding note in winning the first two contests before the Angels were able to pick up a 12-4 win in game-three to put themselves in a position to salvage with a tie on Sunday.
Boston, after scoring nineteen runs in the first two matchups versus Los Angeles, stranded eleven batters on the night while ending with nine total hits compared to eleven for the Angels. Their pitching, however, was abysmal as Rick Porcello (10-9) surrendered five earned along with two homers in five innings of pitching for the Red Sox. Reliever Darwinzon Henernandez also allowed four runs in one inning after sparing Porcello in the sixth inning. Mike Trout tagged Porcello for a three-run homer in the contest, his thirty-ninth of the year, in his only hit of the night.
Plesac looks to continue strong case in 2019
Rookie Zac Plesac (6-3) continues to be solid for the Indians’ staff this season. He has picked up a win in three of his last four outings, overall. He allowed just five hits while recording seven strikeouts in six strong innings at home versus the Texas Rangers on August 7th; However, walked away with the no decision in a 2-0 win.The Indians happen to be undefeated in Plesac’s last six starts entering this contest. Furthermore, the right-hander has not lost at home since he gave up four earned and three homers to the Cincinnati Reds in a 7-2 loss.
Plesac pitched 5 ⅓ innings during the Indians’ only matchup of the year with the Red Sox while allowing just four hits in a 7-5 win. Nonetheless, he received the no-decision after the bullpen allowed three runs to Boston in the sixth inning. A five-run ninth inning sealed the victory for Cleveland while Brad Hand picked up the fourteenth of twenty-nine saves on the year.
No pitcher assigned for struggling Boston pitching staff
No pitcher has been assigned for the Red Sox for game-four. However, the staff’s ERA has certainly skyrocketed as of late with the unit allowing a total of thirty-one runs in six games of a current seven-game home set. And while Eduardo Rodriguez leads the team with thirteen wins, he has yet to win in August while possessing a slightly high ERA of 4.17 in 2019. On the other hand, Porcello has an elevated ERA of 5.67 on the year while dropping two of his last three starts after winning four straight.
- CLE is 37-15 in their last 52 overall.
- BOS is 3-10 in their last 13 overall.
- BOS is 3-10 in their last 13 games on grass.