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MLB : ATS Matchup
Sunday 9/23/2018Line$ LineOU LineScore
BOSTON  VELAZQUEZ )
 
CLEVELAND  PLUTKO )
-1.5  +135

+1.5  -155
-110

+100

9.5un
 
3
Final
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BOSTON (105 - 50) at CLEVELAND (86 - 68)
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Sunday, 9/23/2018 7:05 PM
HECTOR VELAZQUEZ (R) vs. ADAM PLUTKO (R)
Board OpeningLatest
 LineTotalLineTotal
969BOSTON-105Ov 9.5,-110-110Ov 9.5,+100
970CLEVELAND-105Un 9.5,-110+100Un 9.5,-120
ADVANCED TEAM STATS
BOSTON - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsO-URunsAvgOBPSLGOPSRunsAvgOBPSLGOPS
All Games105-50+36.172-755.30.2670.3340.4370.7703.90.2360.3010.3760.677
Road Games51-29+18.441-385.10.2560.3260.4150.7414.00.2380.3060.3800.686
vs Right-handed Starters84-35+3556-575.40.2690.3390.4400.7793.80.2340.3000.3690.669
Past 7 Games4-3+1.84-24.90.2640.3330.4260.7595.00.2220.3140.3830.697
Grass Games94-42+35.864-645.50.2720.3370.4470.7853.90.2350.2990.3750.674
Night Games72-41+17.756-505.40.2660.3330.4420.7754.20.2390.3020.3860.688
BOSTON - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
 RunsAVGOBPGABH2B3BHRSLGRBIBBSOSBLOBGIDPERRDPOSB
All Games5.30.2670.33415553631434299291840.437780532119211310621447010057
Road Games5.10.2560.32680279671613010980.4153862916465754283394840
Righty Starters5.40.2690.33911941211110232191440.44060443391986830119537645
BOSTON - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
 ERAWHIPIPRERHHRBBSOW-LSVBSVPct.
All Games3.561.2795482232174735822858139-13461970.8%
Road Games3.851.3532691171152363312829117-1024875%

CLEVELAND - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsO-URunsAvgOBPSLGOPSRunsAvgOBPSLGOPS
All Games86-68-23.674-715.00.2560.3240.4180.7424.00.2430.2940.4040.698
Home Games48-32-9.743-315.50.2670.3380.4370.7754.10.2430.2910.4040.695
vs Right-handed Starters66-47-13.555-535.20.2610.3280.4260.7533.90.2380.2890.3980.687
Past 7 Games4-3-1.64-26.00.2780.3650.4520.8173.70.2330.2960.3890.686
Grass Games83-64-20.171-675.10.2580.3240.4200.7454.00.2420.2930.4030.696
Night Games51-45-2246-434.70.2540.3190.4130.7334.00.2470.3020.4040.706
CLEVELAND - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
 RunsAVGOBPGABH2B3BHRSLGRBIBBSOSBLOBGIDPERRDPOSB
All Games5.00.2560.32415452951358250171910.418746525112611410751147912469
Home Games5.50.2670.33880268971913481020.4374222865546355363436933
Righty Starters5.20.2610.32811339071018194141410.4265683918098379483548853
CLEVELAND - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
 ERAWHIPIPRERHHRBBSOW-LSVBSVPct.
All Games4.551.3154352302204267614644614-26401770.2%
Home Games4.971.313240.713913323440822489-13211067.7%
SCHEDULE AND RESULTS
BOSTON - Schedule
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
9/9/2018PORCELLO(R)HOUSTONKEUCHEL(L)6-5W-1208.5 ovO14911170
9/11/2018SALE(L)TORONTOBORUCKI(L)7-2W-3109 ovP731560
9/12/2018PRICE(L)TORONTOSANCHEZ(R)1-0W-2359 unU460460
9/13/2018RODRIGUEZ(L)TORONTOGAVIGLIO(R)4-3W-2309 unU970771
9/14/2018CUEVAS(R)NY METSSYNDERGAARD(R)0-8L-1159 evU460970
9/15/2018PORCELLO(R)NY METSOSWALT(R)5-3W-2559.5 ovU10100232
9/16/2018SALE(L)NY METSDEGROM(R)4-3W-1757 unP631660
9/18/2018EOVALDI(R)@ NY YANKEESHAPP(L)2-3L1259 ovU580352
9/19/2018PRICE(L)@ NY YANKEESSEVERINO(R)1-10L1508.5 unO9911160
9/20/2018RODRIGUEZ(L)@ NY YANKEESTANAKA(R)11-6W1408.5 unO1350772
9/21/2018SALE(L)@ CLEVELANDBAUER(R)7-5W1407 unO13511090
9/22/2018PORCELLO(R)@ CLEVELANDCLEVINGER(R)4-5L1408.5 unO810112121
9/23/2018VELAZQUEZ(R)@ CLEVELANDPLUTKO(R) 
9/24/2018EOVALDI(R)BALTIMOREBUNDY(R) 
9/25/2018PRICE(L)BALTIMOREYACABONIS(R) 
9/26/2018SALE(L)BALTIMORERAMIREZ(R) 
9/28/2018PORCELLO(R)NY YANKEESHAPP(L) 
9/29/2018 NY YANKEES  
9/30/2018 NY YANKEES  

CLEVELAND - Schedule
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
9/9/2018CLEVINGER(R)@ TORONTOPANNONE(L)2-6L-1809 unU681630
9/10/2018KLUBER(R)@ TAMPA BAYCASTILLO(R)5-6L-1457 ovO9120870
9/11/2018BIEBER(R)@ TAMPA BAYGLASNOW(R)2-0W-1358.5 evU880480
9/12/2018CARRASCO(R)@ TAMPA BAYSNELL(L)1-3L1006.5 unU120760
9/14/2018TOMLIN(R)DETROITBOYD(L)4-5L-1759 evP6601171
9/15/2018CLEVINGER(R)DETROITFULMER(R)15-0W-2758 unO18130254
9/16/2018BIEBER(R)DETROITLIRIANO(L)4-6L-1858.5 unO8601260
9/18/2018KLUBER(R)CHI WHITE SOXRODON(L)5-3W-2208 unP750992
9/19/2018CARRASCO(R)CHI WHITE SOXCOVEY(R)4-1W-3458.5 ovU572590
9/20/2018TOMLIN(R)CHI WHITE SOXSHIELDS(R)4-5L-22010 ovU911111140
9/21/2018BAUER(R)BOSTONSALE(L)5-7L-1507 unO10901351
9/22/2018CLEVINGER(R)BOSTONPORCELLO(R)5-4W-1508.5 unO121218101
9/23/2018PLUTKO(R)BOSTONVELAZQUEZ(R) 
9/24/2018KLUBER(R)@ CHI WHITE SOXCOVEY(R) 
9/25/2018BAUER(R)@ CHI WHITE SOXSHIELDS(R) 
9/26/2018CARRASCO(R)@ CHI WHITE SOXLOPEZ(R) 
9/27/2018CLEVINGER(R)@ KANSAS CITYLOPEZ(R) 
9/28/2018PLUTKO(R)@ KANSAS CITYKENNEDY(R) 
9/29/2018 @ KANSAS CITY  
9/30/2018 @ KANSAS CITY  
KEY GAME INFORMATION
BOSTON: 2017: 93-69, first place, lost to Houston in ALDS.
MANAGER: Alex Cora (first season).
ADDITIONS: DH J.D. Martinez.
SUBTRACTIONS:
MANAGER John Farrell, RHP Doug Fister, OF Chris Young, RHP Addison Reed, OF Rajai Davis, LHP Henry Owens, LHP Fernando Abad.
OUTLOOK: The Red Sox won 93 games last year for the second straight season and claimed the franchise's first back-to-back AL East titles. But Farrell was fired after they failed to advance in the playoffs for the fourth year in a row. The key ' and really only ' addition is Martinez, who gives them someone to replace longtime slugger David Ortiz after finishing last in the AL in homers without Big Papi in 2017. The theory behind Boston keeping up with the reloaded New York Yankees goes something like this: A full season of a healthy Price will bolster a rotation that already has a quality ace in Sale, plus 2016 AL Cy Young Award winner Porcello and All-Stars Pomeranz and Wright. The Red Sox also are staking their chances on the hope that Ramirez can be more like the player he was in 2016 (.286, 30, 111); that Pedroia will return quickly and be healthy and productive; that 20-year-old third baseman Devers will be able to stay up for a full season; and that Bradley won't have another second-half slump. The bullpen, anchored by Kimbrel, remains strong.
CLEVELAND: 2017: 102-60, first place, lost to Yankees in ALDS.
MANAGER: Terry Francona (sixth season).
ADDITIONS: 1B-DH Yonder Alonso, LF Rajai Davis, RHP Alexi Ogando.
SUBTRACTIONS: 1B Carlos Santana, OF Jay Bruce, RHP Bryan Shaw, RHP Joe Smith, OF Austin Jackson, LHP Boone Logan.
OUTLOOK: No team has felt postseason pain lately quite like the Indians. They blew a 3-1 lead and lost the 2016 World Series to the Cubs, and squandered a 2-0 advantage in last year's best-of-five Division Series against the Yankees. With arguably baseball's strongest rotation led by Kluber, the Indians are poised to possibly end a championship drought approaching its 70th anniversary. Alonso must help the offense offset the losses of Santana and Bruce. Francona won't have Shaw in the bullpen anymore after the durable reliever pitched in at least 74 games each of the past four seasons. Winning the AL Central won't suffice for the Indians, who are determined to finish the job this year.
PREVIEW
Red Sox, Indians to decide season series
 

CLEVELAND -- The American League Central champion Cleveland Indians will host the AL East champion Boston Red Sox on Sunday night in the finale of a three-game series between clubs that could meet in the AL Championship Series.

Cleveland will likely play Houston in the Division Series, and the Red Sox will play the winner of the wild-card game in the other Division Series. The Indians and Red Sox have split their first six games this season.

Sunday's game will feature starting pitchers who are not in either team's rotation, but are making spot starts.

Cleveland sends out Adam Plutko, who has only started 11 games this year. Boston's starter will be Hector Velazquez, who will make his eighth start of the year.

Plutko (4-5, 5.27 ERA), is 4-5 with a 5.37 ERA in his 11 starts. In four relief appearances, he has a 4.50 ERA and no record.

His last start was a no-decision on Sept. 8 against Toronto, a game the Indians won 9-8. Plutko pitched 4 2/3 innings, allowing five runs and nine hits, with four strikeouts and no walks.

Plutko's last appearance was as a reliever Sept. 16 against Detroit in which he pitched one scoreless inning on two hits, with one strikeout and no walks.

Plutko has one career appearance against the Red Sox. It came Aug. 23, a 7-0 loss in Boston. He pitched 4 1/3 innings, giving up five runs, five hits and five walks with four strikeouts. He hasn't won a game since June 24. In nine appearances (six starts) since, he is 0-4 with a 5.77 ERA.

When Indians manager Terry Francona has to go to his bullpen Sunday, he'll call on a unit that was a disaster in the first two months of the season, but has been much better of late. The turnaround started when veteran left-hander Oliver Perez was signed as a free agent after the Yankees released him June 1.

Perez made his debut with the Indians on June 2. In 49 appearances, he is 1-1 with a 0.87 ERA. In 31 innings, he has allowed 14 hits, with 41 strikeouts and six walks while holding opposing hitters to a .136 batting average. Left-handed hitters are hitting .180 against him, right-handers .071. He has allowed only 7.3 percent of his inherited runners to score (3 of 41), the best mark in the American League.

"He's been so good, he's changed our bullpen," Francona said. "He's pitching with a ton of confidence."

Francona appreciates the stability that Perez has brought to the bullpen.

"Bullpens are so volatile. Guys get on runs. You see it every year. It's so up and down," he said.

Velazquez is 7-2 with a 3.18 ERA in 44 appearances (seven starts). As a starter, he is 2-2 with a 4.00 ERA. In 37 relief appearances he is 5-0 with a 2.75 ERA.

Velazquez's last start came Sept. 5 when he had no decision in a 9-8 Boston victory over Atlanta. In that game, he pitched four innings, allowing two runs and five hits, with two strikeouts and three walks.

Velazquez's last appearance came in the first game of this series Friday night, when he pitched one-third of an inning, allowing no runs and one hit. That is Velazquez's only career appearances against Cleveland.


Last Updated: 12/13/2018 12:49:12 AM EST


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