After sweeping the Tampa Bay Rays over the weekend, the Indians turn their attention to the Red Sox to start the week. The Red Sox had a weekend clash with the Yankees, which concluded in an edge of your seat contest on Sunday night. The Yanks ultimately broke the 1-1 deadlock in the bottom of the 8th off a bases loaded sac-fly. The Red Sox got a 1-out jack from the talented Rafael Devers to tie it back up, though. Blown save accredited to Aroldis Chapman. The Red Sox went on to do some damage with an additional run in the top of the 10th to make it a 3-2 game. That would end up being the final score, a dagger to the heart of the Yankees who had the game in their hands.
The Red Sox offense avoided taking a loss when their offense took the night off until late. All it took was Devers’ bat to help them get the win, though. The victory gave the Red Sox some added cushion to their lead in the American League East, now holding a 5.5 lead over the Yankees. The Yanks have to worry about holding on to their wildcard as well, because a few more slipups and they will find themselves out of the postseason picture. There are seven teams within four games of a wildcard. The Red Sox will look across at Trevor Bauer, who will be on the hump for the Indians on Monday evening. Countering Bauer will be the hit and miss Doug Fister. Head below for our free Indians vs. Red Sox pick.
Cleveland Indians vs. Boston Red Sox Pick
Trevor Bauer (10-8, 4.79 ERA) vs. Doug Fister (2-5, 5.03 ERA)
The Red Sox will hope to get a solid start out of Doug Fister this evening. Fister has been more miss than hit in Boston. He hasn’t been able to recapture his 2014 form where he posted a 2.41 ERA with the Nationals. If he did fine some kind of energy in the tank, it’d help the Red Sox out immensely heading into the final stretch of the regular season. Barring injuries, he isn’t going to find a spot in the postseason rotation. He will make spot appearances out of the bullpen, but unless his arm lights on fire, he’s a tough sell for the rotation. Fister enters Monday with an ERA of 5.95, including a 1.58 WHIP and .362 OBA. He owns a 5.40 ERA in his last three outings.
There are a couple of guys in the Indians’ lineup that has had his number. Michael Brantley has hit Fister at a rate of .333 and 2 home runs in 33 at-bats, while Jason Kipnis holds a .444 batting average against Fister in 27 at-bats. Trevor Bauer has been pitching his best lately, posting an ERA of 1.23 in his last three outings. However, those came all at home. Bauer has been a different pitcher on the road, where his ERA is at 6.69 with a 1.61 WHIP. Also, the current Red Sox lineup has hit Bauer for a .300 BA in 40 at-bats.
This looks like a nice spot for him to hit a bump in the road and fall back to earth after his recent three-game stretch. The Red Sox offense was dead last night, but I like them to come back to life against Bauer at Fenway. We hung on for a win yesterday, let’s go for another winning pick on the OVER in this critical matchup between the Indians and Red Sox.
PICK: OVER 10 (-110)