MLB Playoffs – Red Sox vs. Indians

MLB Playoffs – Red Sox vs. Indians

Boston will square off against the Cleveland Indians in Game 1 of an American League Division Playoff Series on Wednesday night (8:00 PM EST). From Progressive Field, the Indians will send Trevor Bauer (12-8, 4.26 ERA) to the mound to square off against Sox ace and Cy Young candidate Rick Porcello (22-4, 3.15 ERA). The Red Sox owned the season series winning 4 of 6 games scoring an average of 5.2 runs per game. Home field advantage may not be enough for Cleveland to continue its pursuit of its first championship in 68 years.

Pitching

Boston’s Projected Rotation:

  1. RHP Rick Porcello
  2. LHP David Price
  3. RHP Clay Buchholz
  4. LHP Eduardo Rodriguez

Regular Season Stats:

  • ERA – 4.00  (9th in MLB)
  • WHIP – 1.27  (9th in MLB)
  • K/9 – 8.51  (10th in MLB)

Cleveland’s Projected Rotation:

  1. RHP Trevor Bauer
  2. RHP Corey Kluber
  3. RHP Josh Tomlin
  4. RHP Mike Clevinger

Regular Season Stats:

  • ERA – 3.84  (7th in MLB)
  • WHIP – 1.24  (6th in MLB)
  • K/9 – 8.71  (5th in MLB)

Rotation Advantage: Boston

Buchholz and Rodriguez have stepped it up in the second half of the year and join Cy Young candidate Rick Porcello and lefty stud David Price in a solid postseason rotation.

Batting

Boston’s Projected Lineup: 

  1. 2B Dustin Pedroia
  2. SS Xander Bogaerts
  3. DH David Ortiz
  4. RF Mookie Betts
  5. 1B Hanley Ramirez
  6. 3B Brock Holt
  7. CF Jackie Bradley Jr.
  8. LF Andrew Benintendi
  9. C Sandy Leon

Regular Season Stats

  • Runs: 878 (1st in MLB)
  • Homeruns: 208 (9th)
  • Average: .282 (1st in MLB)
  • OPS: .810 (1st in MLB)
  • SB: 83 (13th)

Cleveland’s Projected Lineup: 

  1. LF Rajai Davis
  2. 2B Jason Kipnis
  3. SS Francisco Lindor
  4. 1B Mike Napoli
  5. DH Carlos Santana
  6. RF Lonnie Chisenhall
  7. 3B Jose Ramirez
  8. CF Tyler Naquin
  9. C Roberto Perez

Regular Season Stats

  • Runs: 777 (5th in MLB)
  • Homeruns: 185 (18th in MLB)
  • Average: .262 (6th in MLB)
  • OPS: .759 (7th in MLB)
  • SB: 134 (4th in MLB)

Lineup Advantage: Boston

Xander, Mookie, and Hanley join the seasoned playoff vets in Pedroia and Big Papi. The Sox will be hard to keep off the board this series, as they have been all year. Look for Boston to put up some good offensive numbers vs the Cleveland staff.

Series Prediction: Boston 

The Red Sox come at you from all angles with a solid rotation/bullpen, and one of the best lineups in baseball. The offense will be too much for the Indians to subdue and the Sox should easily move on to the ALCS.

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