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Red Sox Look To Keep It Going Versus Indians Following Hot Start

Posted by Dale "Skip" Lalonde on 4/15/2013 7:24:17 PM

The Boston Red Sox are off to a much better start than a majority of sports betting players thought they would be in 2013. Don’t expect the team to take that for granted any time soon. The Red Sox will travel for a three-game set against the Cleveland Indians beginning Tuesday at Progressive Field, as they look to build off a successful series with the Tampa Bay Rays at home. With seven wins in its first 11 games, Boston is comfortable atop the American League East division right now, but there is still a lot of baseball to be played.

Boston Red Sox @ Cleveland Indians
Tuesday April 16, 2013 – 7:05 PM ET
Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio
MLB Sportsbook Line: Cleveland – 130

The Indians followed up a series win over the Toronto Blue Jays with a tough run against the Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees, and have lost five of their last six against AL East opponents. Two contests against the Yankees were rained out, leaving this stretch to be an eight-game home stand that wraps up against Boston this week.

MLB Betting Preview: Boston Red Sox

The Red Sox have taken two of three games in each of their first two road series’, and it’s notable that they took the opening meeting against both the Blue Jays and Yankees to help set the tone. Boston still has a very talented roster, but this year’s team is a more focused group and understands it can’t win based on talent alone. Felix Doubront is scheduled to make his second start of the season. Doubront gave up three runs on nine hits with six strikeouts spread over five innings in a no decision for his first start, a 6-4 win over Toronto. The Red Sox bats have provided some solid support when needed, but Doubront will need to be better in his second start.

MLB Betting Preview: Cleveland Indians

Cleveland will have Ubaldo Jimenez on the mound for his third start of the season, and after struggling in his last outing the Indians are hoping he can perform more like the way he did in a 3-2 win over the Blue Jays in his first appearance. Jimenez had six k’s and allowed just one run on three hits over six innings in his season debut versus Toronto, but then gave up seven runs on seven hits over just 4.1 innings of work in an 11-6 loss to the Yankees last week. Cleveland ranks 10th in the majors in slugging percentage but just 22nd in batting average and 19th in runs scored, which means the starting pitching needs to be solid in order to give the team an online betting chance to win.

MLB Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick

The Indians bats haven’t looked that dangerous, so if Doubront can be even marginally better and the Boston hitters can get to Jimenez they should be able to extend their streak to three-straight wins in road series openers. The Red Sox have shown early on that they are still capable of being a contender, and they need to continue to build on what they have started early on in order to keep the momentum going.

MLB Betting Pick: Boston Red Sox

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