Boston Red Sox vs. Cleveland Guardians June 24 Betting Preview

Boston Red Sox vs. Cleveland Guardians June 24 Betting Preview

Tyler Vaysman
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Guardians starting pitcher Cal Quantrill delivers a pitch

Two of the hottest teams in baseball will square off in the first of a three-game series on Friday as the Boston Red Sox (39-31) take on the Cleveland Guardians (36-29). The Guardians will host this one at Progressive Field with first pitch scheduled for 7:10 p.m.

Both of these teams are red hot as they have both won eight of their last 10 games. For Cleveland, they will be looking to win their eighth consecutive series.

Coming into this one, the Guardians were able to take two of three from the Minnesota Twins, but they did drop the finale 1-0 on Thursday.

Boston swept the Detroit Tigers in their last series and have now won four in a row. On Wednesday, they beat the Tigers 6-2 in the finale behind a six inning, two run performance by veteran pitcher Michael Wacha.

Offensively, Boston had nine hits including Rob Refsnyder’s first home run of the season. On the day, he went two for four with two runs batted in and two runs scored.

Red Sox vs. Guardians June 24 Betting Odds

The Red Sox are the slight favorites on Friday despite playing on the road. They are -112 to win while the Guardians’ moneyline is -104. The Guardians are +1.5 on the runline (-184), and the over/under for total runs is 8.5.

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Pitching Matchup

Boston will send righty Nick Pivetta to the mound Friday. In 14 games, he is 7-5 with a 3.31 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, and he has 82 strikeouts in 81.2 innings pitched. In his last start against the Cardinals, he allowed just one run in seven innings while striking out 10.

The Guardians will counter with 27-year-old righty Cal Quantrill. He is 4-4 in 12 starts with a 3.77 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, and has 44 strikeouts in 71.2 innings. He was roughed up a bit in his last outing as he allowed five runs on 10 hits in just five innings of work in a loss to the Dodgers.

Boston Very Much Alive In Postseason Hunt

At 39-31, the Boston Red Sox sit in third place in the AL East, 12.5 games behind the New York Yankees. Despite the large deficit, they sit very much alive in the postseason hunt as they have the fourth best record in the American League and sit just half a game behind the Blue Jays in the division.

Newcomer Trevor Story has seemingly found his groove. Despite hitting .223/.303/.421, he has 11 home runs and 38 runs scored while leading the team in runs batted in with 48. He has also had success against Quantrill as he is 4 for 12 with a home run.

Rafael Devers has been the Red Sox most feared hitter. In 274 at bats, he is hitting .328/.383/.599 with 16 home runs, 43 runs batted in, and 53 runs scored.

Guardians Look To Take Another Series

With their series win over the Tigers, the Cleveland Guardians have now won seven series in a row and will look to keep the streak going against Boston. They will have their work cut out for them, though, as they are just 1-4 against Boston in their last five games at Progressive Field.

Leading the offensive attack for Cleveland is third baseman Jose Ramirez. In 239 at bats, he is hitting .301/.391/.623 with a team-leading 16 home runs, 62 runs batted in, 44 runs scored, and 12 stolen bases.

Even more impressive about Ramirez is the fact that he has walked 34 times this season while only striking out 21 times.

Keep an eye out for Austin Hedges in this one. In his career against Pivetta, he is two for six with two home runs.

Cleveland Looks To Pick Up Home Win In Opener

Before welcoming the Minnesota Twins to town for five games next week, the Guardians will have their work cut out for them as they host the Red Sox this weekend.

Boston has been one of the hottest teams in baseball over the last couple weeks, so this will serve as a good litmus test for a surging Cleveland team.

Cal Quantrill has the unenviable task of trying to quiet the Red Sox bats, but if he can limit the damage, Cleveland has a good opportunity to steal the first game at home.

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