The Cleveland Indians have stormed into Fenway without any fear of the big bad Red Sox. The Indians earned another win at Fenway with a 6-3 win a night ago. This was after they won a close won by a score of 5-4 the night prior. Kudos to the Indians for not being intimidated against the Red Sox who are 1st in a lot of people’s books. The Tribe have been the forgotten team in the American League.
There hasn’t been much to talk about in the AL Central, so the Indians have fallen through the cracks in a sense. I don’t think the Red Sox went into this series taking the Indians seriously, but they at least get a wake-up call here in case they run into them in the postseason. The Red Sox, who are 8 games up on the Yankees, can afford to lose a game here or there but they can’t get too comfortable.
There is no need for Red Sox fans to overreact, even though they probably will. Fans are pretty fickle and can turn or be with you an instant. Despite the two losses, the Red Sox are an 88-39 baseball team, which amounts to 1st in the entire major leagues. The next closest team is the Astros and Athletics with 76 wins.
Don’t look now, though, because the Indians are 73-52 and gunning for the second seed in the American League. It seems crazy to think that the A’s have come this far in such a short amount of time. Whether you like them or not, you have to respect what they’ve done. The Red Sox will hope to get more traction against the Indians with Brian Johnson on the bump. Carlos Carrasco will counter for the Indians. Get our free Indians vs. Red Sox pick below.
Cleveland Indians vs. Boston Red Sox Pick
Carlos Carrasco (15-6, 3.33 ERA) vs. Brian Johnson (4-3, 4.00 ERA)
The loss yesterday for the Red Sox put them on a three-game losing streak. It started with a 2-0 loss to the Rays and their latest a 6-3 loss to the Indians on Tuesday night. Despite three losses in a row at home, the Red Sox are still a whopping 44-18 at Fenway Park. Homefield should mean a lot to them in the postseason, but it hasn’t worked in their favor lately.
They just can’t get unfocused and lax with this lead in the AL East. Yeah, it’s 8 games, but that could quickly turn into 5 and 3. Just ask the Mariners and Astros who watched the Athletics fly all the way up the standings to overtake them. Carrasco enters with a nice 3.33 ERA and 1.10 WHIP. Note that he hasn’t allowed a run in 14 innings of work and owns an ERA of 1.33 in his previous three outings.
There are some guys in this Boston lineup that have made life tough on him, though. Mitch Moreland is hitting .357, J.D. Martinez solid at .360, Xander Bogaerts as well with a .429 batting average. In five at-bats, Brock Holt is 4-for-5 with a long ball. In 148 at-bats, the Red Sox have hit 7 homers against Carrasco.
In his last two starts against the Red Sox, Carrasco has gotten bashed for 11 earned runs in only 8.1 innings. He may be hot right now, but he hasn’t been too hot against this lineup in Boston. Despite not much effort the last three games, the Red Sox are 1st with 5.40 runs per game. Getting them at this price in Boston doesn’t happen very often. With that said, I think they are worth a look on Wednesday.