ESPN Smash Pass MLB 10*

ESPN Smash Pass MLB 10*

Boston vs. Cleveland, 08/12/2019 19:10 EDT, Score: 5 - 6

Money Line: +104 Cleveland

Sportsbook: Betonline

Result: Win

ESPN Smash Pass - Rickenbach MLB Rotation #962 Monday 10* Top Play Cleveland Indians Money Line (+) vs Boston Red Sox @ 7:10 ET - Many will be backing Boston here off a one-run extra--innings loss and facing Cleveland off an emotional extra-innings win yesterday. This is already evident in the way this line has been acting so far in the market place. That said, in typical contrarian fashion, I am happily investing in the home dog in this match-up. The Red Sox loss yesterday was their 11th in their last 14 games! The fact is Boston is slumping badly! As for the Indians, they have been playing very well for an extended stretch. Cleveland has won 21 of its last 28 games. So here you have a home dog winning 75% of its games over the past month facing a road team that has lost about 80% of its games the past two weeks. I'll take the home dog every time in a situation like this UNLESS the roadie has some big pitching edge. That is certainly not the case here! Eduardo Rodriguez starts for Boston. The Red Sox hurler is a left-hander and that is noteworthy because the Indians are 24-12 against southpaw starters this season! Also, Rodriguez has as many walks as strikeouts in his two starts this month. As for the Indians Zach Plesac, he has a 2.33 ERA in his last 5 home starts. Also, in his 6 night games this season, he is 4-0 with a 2.10 ERA and he has held opponents to a .198 batting average. The Indians, yesterday's 9th inning implosion notwithstanding, most certainly do have the better bullpen in this match-up as the Tribe rank at the top of the majors this season while the Red Sox pen has fallen off considerably this season. 10* CLEVELAND

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