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Where: Fenway Park.
Who: The Indians vs. the Red Sox, Monday through Wednesday.
RHP Danny Salazar (10-6, 3.26) vs. RHP Matt Barnes (3-2, 5.64) Monday at 7:10 p.m.;
RHP Trevor Bauer (9-9, 4.35) vs. LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (6-5, 4.83) Tuesday at 7:10 p.m.
RHP Corey Kluber (8-12, 3.34) vs. RHP Joe Kelly (5-6, 5.69) Wednesday at 7:10 p.m.
Matt Barnes (3-2, 5.64 ERA) and the Boston Red Sox (52-65) go up against Danny Salazar (10-6, 3.26 ERA) and the Cleveland Indians (54-62) in the first of a three-game series at Fenway Park. The game gets underway at 7:10 p.m. ET on Monday, Aug. 17
Danny Salazar hadn’t put together more than two straight quality starts prior to the All-Star break before his current hot stretch helped bring his ERA to its lowest point since April.
Salazar (10-6, 3.26 ERA) ranks among the major league leaders in strikeouts per nine innings at 10.24, but he’d had some trouble with consistency until recently.
His ERA is his best since it was 2.08 following his second start after improving to 2-0 with a 0.84 ERA over his last three with eight strikeouts over 7 1-3 innings of Wednesday’s 2-1 win against the New York Yankees.
Salazar has a 1.48 ERA while holding opponents to a .144 batting average during a stretch of six straight quality starts.
In his most recent outing, Barnes pitched 0.0 inning, giving up one run and walking one in a 5-1 loss to the Yankees. David Ortiz (.263, 53 Rs, 25 HRs, 73 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one RBI. The Indians were victorious the last time Salazar pitched. He had a good outing, pitching 7.1 innings, allowing one run, striking out eight and walking five in a 2-1 victory over the Yankees.
Boston is a +110 underdog in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is nine runs. When playing as the underdog, the Red Sox have a 21-27 record and overall money line at -1,871. Over their past 10 games, Boston’s offense has been playing lights out, averaging 7.3 runs per game, well over their season average of 4.5.
Indians – RHP Cody Anderson (left oblique), 2B Jason Kipnis (right shoulder), LHP TJ House (left shoulder), LHP Nick Hagadone (left elbow) and RHP Gavin Floyd (right elbow) are on the disabled list. OF Michael Brantley (left shoulder), INF Chris Johnson (insect bite) are day to day.
Red Sox – RHP Steven Wright (concussion), RHP Koji Uhera (right wrist), RHP Rick Porcello (right triceps), 2B Dustin Pedroia (right hamstring), RHP Clay Buchholz (right elbow), RHP Brandon Workman (right elbow) and RHP Anthony Varvaro (right flexor strain) are on the disabled list.