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Boston Red Sox vs. Cleveland Indians Preview and Predictions 08-14-2019 in MLB


Third baseman Rafael Devers looks to follow up a historic performance when his Boston Red Sox go after a series victory in the rubber match of a three-game set Wednesday afternoon against the host Cleveland Indians. Devers became the first Red Sox player since Nomar Garciaparra in 2003 to record six hits in a game (four doubles) as Boston coughed up a five-run lead before earning a 7-6 victory in 10 innings Tuesday to even the series.

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Devers is 11-for-20 over his last four contests, raising his batting average to .328, and teammate J.D. Martinez had a pair of hits in Tuesday's win to extend his hitting streak to 12 games (21-for-47) with five homers and nine RBIs for the Red Sox - 4-12 in their last 16 games. Left-hander Brian Johnson will get the start for Boston on Wednesday and Nathan Eovaldi, who was originally slated to open the game, could be available after throwing six pitches Tuesday while Indians ace Shane Bieber looks to continue his strong stretch on the mound. Carlos Santana homered for the third straight game Tuesday and improved to 9-for-20 with eight runs scored in his last five contests for Cleveland, which fell one-half game behind Minnesota in the American League Central. Franmil Reyes has homered in the first two games of the series for the Indians after going 4-for-36 without going deep in his first 11 contests with the club.

TV: 1:10 p.m. ET, MLB Network; NESN (Boston), STO (Cleveland)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Red Sox LH Brian Johnson (1-1, 7.32 ERA) vs. Indians RH Shane Bieber (12-4, 3.28)

Johnson makes his fifth start of the season after giving up three runs on two hits over 2 2/3 innings in the role Friday against the Los Angeles Angels before Boston went on to win 16-4. The 28-year-old University of Florida product is 0-0 with a 4.61 ERA in his first four starts this season, allowing 19 hits across 13 2/3 innings. Jose Ramirez is 1-for-2 with a double and two walks versus Johnson, who gave up three runs in 7 1/3 innings over two games (one start) against the Indians last year.

Bieber has lost once in his last nine trips to the mound and gave up two runs over seven innings in that outing to lose 2-0 versus Houston on July 30. The 24-year-old California native has allowed two earned runs or fewer in 10 of his last 13 starts and boasts 193 strikeouts as opposed to 32 walks across 156 1/3 innings overall. Andrew Benintendi is 4-for-6 with a homer against Bieber, who is 2-1 with an 8.44 ERA in three career games versus Boston.

WALK-OFFS

1. Cleveland SS Francisco Lindor had three hits and three RBIs on Tuesday, improving to .306 in 49 at-bats this month after batting .330 in July.

2. Boston CF Jackie Bradley Jr. broke the tie with a solo homer in the 10th inning Tuesday for his second blast in two days.

3. Indians OF Yasiel Puig will sit out the third of a three-game suspension for his involvement in a fight while with Cincinnati on July 29.

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Stadium

Progressive Field
Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
Capacity: 45,274

Last Injuries

Cleveland Indians

  • Jefry Rodriguez

    Shoulder
    Early Sept | 60-day IL

    Rodriguez has been shifted to the 60-day injured list with a right shoulder strain, and he is likely to be on the IL until at least the beginning of September.

  • Dan Otero

    Shoulder
    Early Sept | 60-day IL

    Otero has been shifted to the 60-day injured list with right shoulder inflammation. He is expected to be sidelined until at least the early part of September.

  • Tyler Olson

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Olson is on the 10-day injured list due to case of shingles, and a timetable for return has yet to be established.

  • Corey Kluber

    Forearm
    Mid Sept | 60-day IL

    Kluber has been transferred to the 60-day injured list with a non-displaced fracture of his right ulna bone. He has suffered an oblique strain during his rehab and is likely to remain sidelined until the middle of September.

  • Bradley Zimmer

    Shoulder
    Early Sept | 60-day IL

    Zimmer has been transferred to the 60-day injured list while recuperating from labrum surgery on his right shoulder. He is likely to be activated during the start of September.

  • Carlos Carrasco

    Illness
    Mid Sept | 60-day IL

    Carrasco has been transferred to the 60-day injured list as he has been diagnosed with leukemia. He is working through a throwing program and is expected to make his return sometime in September.

  • Yasiel Puig

    Suspension
    Elig Thurs | out

    Puig has been suspended for three games due to his actions in an altercation. He is expected to be reinstated in time for Thursday's tilt against the Yankees.

  • Hunter Wood

    Calf
    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Wood has sat out the past two games due to a right calf contusion, and his availability against the Yankees on Thursday is hazy.

Boston Red Sox

  • Chris Sale

    Elbow
    out for season | 10-day IL

    Sale has been placed on the 10-day injured list with left elbow inflammation. He had a PRP injection in his left elbow and is expected to miss the remainder of the season.

  • David Price

    Wrist
    Ques Sun | 10-day IL

    Price has been placed on the 10-day injured list due to a triangular fibrocartilage complex cyst in his left wrist. It is unknown if he will be activated in time for Sunday's contest against the Padres.

  • Xander Bogaerts

    Ankle
    Prob Wed | probable

    Bogaerts departed the previous game due to a twisted ankle, but it is expected that he will face the Phillies on Wednesday.

  • Brock Holt

    Personal
    Prob Sat | probable

    Holt was away from the team due to a personal matter but he will rejoin the lineup for Saturday's clash versus the Orioles.

  • Steve Pearce

    Back
    Out indefinitely | 60-day IL

    Pearce has been transferred to the 60-day injured list with a lower-back strain. He has suffered a partially torn PCL in his rehabilitation and is in danger of missing the remainder of the season.

  • Rafael Devers

    Rest
    Ques Sat | questionable

    DEvers is not expected to be in the starting lineup against the Blue Jays on Saturday as he is likely to be given a day of rest.

  • Andrew Benintendi

    Rest
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Benintendi is likely absent from the starting lineup for Saturday's game versus the Blue Jays as he is expected to receive a day of rest.

cleveland-indians Stats 2019

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Francisco Lindor 109 108 454 74 135 31 2 21 53 233 18 74 3 .297 .513 .351
Carlos Santana 125 125 449 91 130 24 1 30 79 246 4 80 0 .290 .548 .411
Tyler Naquin 83 72 260 32 74 18 0 10 32 122 4 64 1 .285 .469 .314
Oscar Mercado 81 74 310 52 87 18 2 10 35 139 11 60 3 .281 .448 .328
Mike Freeman 50 30 110 18 30 6 0 4 18 48 1 35 2 .273 .436 .359
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Adam Cimber 55 0 143 31 4 46 4 1 23 0 0 0 15 669
Brad Hand 53 0 153 76 3 47 5 5 19 0 0 2 16 839
Oliver Perez 53 0 100 40 2 31 4 1 12 0 0 3 8 533
Nick Wittgren 45 0 149 49 0 39 7 1 16 0 0 0 10 815
Tyler Clippard 40 2 147 47 5 31 4 0 14 0 0 1 10 707
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Roberto Perez 94 91 0 27 18 3 0 0
Kevin Plawecki 48 37 0 14 5 1 0 1
Tim Federowicz 28 22 2 10 3 4 0 2
Adam Cimber 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
Adam Plutko 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 0