Cleveland Guardians vs. Boston Red Sox July 27 Betting Preview
After dropping the first game of the series Monday, the Cleveland Guardians (49-47) even up the series on Tuesday with a 8-3 win over the Boston Red Sox (49-49). On Wednesday, Cleveland will look to at least guarantee themselves a series split by taking the third of this four-game set at Fenway Park. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 pm ET.
In Tuesday’s win, the bullpen game worked to perfection as five relievers got the job done. Kirk McCarty got the win after going four scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and striking out four.
Offensively, Austin Hedges hit his sixth home run of the season while Nolan Jones added a home run and three runs batted in.
For the Red Sox, Josh Winckowski picked up the loss after allowing five runs on six hits in just three innings of work.
Xander Bogaerts had a solid game at the plate going three for four with a run and a run batted in, but no other Red Sox player had more than one hit.
Boston is the favorite on Wednesday playing at home. They are -134 to win while the Guardians’ moneyline sits at +114. The runline features Cleveland +1.5 (-162), and the over/under for total runs is nine.
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Cleveland will send 27-year-old righty Cal Quantrill to the bump Wednesday. In 18 games, he is 7-5 with a 3.75 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, and he has 67 strikeouts in 105.2 innings. Quantrill has picked up three straight wins, giving up six runs in a combined 17 innings of work.
The Red Sox will counter with righty Nathan Eovaldi. In 14 games, he is 4-3 with a 4.30 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and he has 79 strikeouts in 75.1 innings.
Guardians Keep Hanging Around
At 49-47, the Guardians sit in second place in the AL Central, 2.5 games behind the Minnesota Twins. With the White Sox just a half game behind them, Cleveland knows every win is important. Still, they continue to find a way to keep themselves in the thick of the division race.
Against Nathan Eovaldi, keep an eye on Franmil Reyes. In seven career at bats against the righty, he is hitting .429 with a solo home run. Jose Ramirez and Austin Hedges have also taken him deep.
While Jose Ramirez has done a lot of the heavy lifting this season, Steven Kwan and Nolan Jones are quietly contributing to the offense. Kwan is hitting .295 with 27 runs batted in and 46 runs scored. For Jones, he only has 45 at bats, but he is hitting .267 with a couple home runs and 12 runs batted in during that time.
Red Sox Sit In Unfamiliar Territory
With their loss on Tuesday, the Red Sox sit in unfamiliar territory as they are dead last in the AL East, 17 games behind the Yankees. Even more amazing is that they sit a half game behind the Baltimore Orioles, who have been on a tear as of late.
For Boston, they will look to improve on their 2-8 record over their last 10 games, and they will also look to move over .500 overall (49-49) and at home (24-24).
Kevin Plawecki is the only Red Sox hitter who has done much damage against Cal Quantrill as he has a solo homer against the right. As a whole, Red Sox hitters are just 10 for 42 against Quantrill.
Guardians Should Expect To Win As Underdogs
Despite coming in as the underdogs Wednesday, the Guardians should be in a good spot to win this one. Nathan Eovaldi has the ability to dominate, but he has shown flashes of inconsistency.
Furthermore, the Red Sox are just playing bad baseball right now, and there are rumors that they could look to sell some of their pieces like J.D. Martinez prior to the deadline.
Cal Quantrill will have to pitch well, but Cleveland certainly can take this third game on Wednesday if the offense can put up a few on Eovaldi.
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