Cleveland vs Boston MLB Free Picks

Posted by Aaron . on May 20, 2016 in

On Saturday afternoon, the Boston Red Sox host the Cleveland Indians for the middle game of their weekend series. The Cleveland Indians (21-17) are in second place in the American League Central, 2 ½ games behind the White Sox. They completed a four-game home-and-home sweep of the Cincinnati Reds this week with a 7-2 win on Thursday. The Red Sox (25-16) are in first place in the American League East, and they knocked off the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday, 5-2. Find the latest MLB sportsbook odds here.

Cleveland Indians vs Boston Red Sox MLB Free Picks

When: Saturday, May 21, 2016, 4:05 PM Eastern time
Where: Fenway Park, Boston
TV: SportsTime Ohio, NESN
Radio: WEEI 93.7 FM Boston
Live Stream: MLB.tv
MLB Odds: TBA
Pitching Matchup: Trevor Bauer (3-1, 3.89 ERA) (CLE) vs TBA (BOS)

 

 

Why should you bet on Cleveland?

Cleveland starting pitcher Trevor Bauer went 6 innings his last time out, ringing up eight strikeouts. However, he also permitted three runs on five hits to take the loss. Even so, he has 15 Ks in his last two starts. In the Red Sox lineup, there is no one who has had more than three at-bats against him, which is generally an advantage for the pitcher. The Indians swept the Reds by a combined 43-18 (giving up seven runs in the third game), so a Cleveland offense that had been on the cold side seems to have found its own.

Why should you put your money on the Red Sox?

The Red Sox are still waiting to announce their starter because of the twi-night doubleheader they played on Wednesday. However, the Red Sox attack has been rolling as of late. Jackie Bradley Jr. is on a 24-game hitting streak, the longest since Big Papi had a 27-game streak in 2012-13. Xander Bogaerts has a 13-game winning streak, and Boston has hit home runs in 19 straight contests, the longest streak in franchise history. All of these suggest that they could give Bauer a long day.

Expert Pick and Final Winner Prediction

I like the Red Sox to get to Bauer and have a big offensive day. It’s difficult to pick a final score precisely not knowing who Boston will start on the mound, but it sounds like they will be using a spot starter, which usually doesn’t lead to that great a performance. I’m predicting a 6-4 Boston win.