This could be a preview of the ALCS should Boston get by the Wild Card winner in their ALDS series and Cleveland get by Houston in theirs. Boston has been taking things cautiously with ace Chris Sale by limiting his innings down the stretch. It will be interesting to see how this series is managed with the potential of that aforementioned meeting in the ALCS.
A lot of young players not on the post season roster might not see action since this series is basically meaningless. As such we could see a low scoring series with many pitchers being used in situations that may pop up in the Playoffs. Cleveland’s pitching is better than Boston’s, overall, but the Red Sox have the better balanced offense.
In starts by Cleveland’s Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco or Mike Clevinger look to back the Indians if favored by no more than -125. Against other starters look to back Boston either as favorites of -125 or less or as underdogs of any price behind any starter. Boston’s David Price has pitched extremely well since the All Star break and if he starts look to play UNDER 7.5 or higher. Also look UNDER the Total for the First 5 Innings if Kluber, Carrasco or Clevinger face Sale, Price or Eduardo Rodriguez
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