Boston Red Sox (78-80) at Cleveland Indians (78-80)
MLB Baseball: Friday, October 2, 2015 at 7:10 pm (Progressive Field)
The Line: Cleveland Indians -138 / Boston Red Sox +128
Schedule and probable starters
Friday, Oct. 2, 7:10 p.m. – LHP Henry Owens vs. RHP Josh Tomlin
Saturday, Oct. 3, 7:10 p.m. – TBA vs. RHP Corey Kluber
Sunday, SOct. 4, 3:10 p.m. – RHP Rick Porcello vs. RHP Danny Salazar
The Boston Red Sox enter their final series of the season with reason for optimism for the future. Henry Owens will try to give them another glimpse of what they can expect Friday night against the Cleveland Indians.
The Boston Red Sox look to keep rolling after winning six of their last eight games. The Red Sox have scored 20 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last seven games. The Red Sox have won nine straight when scoring more than three runs. Xander Bogaerts leads Boston with 194 hits and 81 RBI while Mookie Betts and David Ortiz have combined for 182 RBI. The Boston Red Sox have won five of their last six road games. Henry Owens gets the ball, and he’s 4-3 with a 3.84 ERA and 46 strikeouts this season. This is Owens’ first career game against the Indians.
The Cleveland Indians look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Indians have scored 13 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in four of their last eight games. The Indians have won six straight when scoring more than three runs. Jason Kipnis leads Cleveland with 170 hits and 52 RBI while Michael Brantley and Carlos Santana have combined for 165 RBI. The Cleveland Indians have lost five of their last eight home games. Josh Tomlin takes the hill, and he’s 6-2 with a 3.03 ERA and 52 strikeouts this season. Tomlin is 1-2 with a 6.67 ERA and 14 strikeouts in his career against the Red Sox.
The Red Sox are 9-3 in their last 12 during game 1 of a series and 3-8 in their last 11 road games vs. a team with a losing home record. The Indians are 13-3 in their last 16 during game 1 of a series and 16-7 in their last 23 home games. The over is 12-5-1 in the last 18 meetings.
The Red Sox are resting guys with the season all but finished, and they have to travel after a late game Thursday night.
Overall: The Indians, eliminated from the wild card race Wednesday night, are 14-14 in September. They need to sweep the Red Sox to end the season with a winning record for the third straight season. The Red saw their six-game winning streak end Thursday night against the Yankees.
Red Sox – RHP Clay Buchholz (right flexor strain), RHP Koji Uehara (right elbow), C Christian Vazquez (right elbow), RHP Brandon Workman (right elbow), RHP Steven Wright (concussion) are on the disabled list. RHP Joe Kelly (right shoulder), OF/SS Hanley Ramirez (right shoulder) and 3B Pablo Sandoval (pneumonia) are out for the season. OF Rusney Castillo (right quad) is day to day.
Indians – Nick Hagadone (left elbow) and TJ House (left shoulder) are on the disabled list. OF Michael Brantley (right shoulder) has been shut down for the season.