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#6963 Boston Red Sox vs.
#6964 Cleveland Guardians
Friday, June 24, 2022 at 7:10pm EDT
Written by Blake V.

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Boston will be looking to extend its four-game winning streak when it travels to Cleveland for a series opener on Friday night. The Red Sox won the final game of their series against St. Louis and then swept Detroit earlier this week. Cleveland had its three-game winning streak snapped in a 1-0 loss to Minnesota on Thursday.

Red Sox on four-game winning streak

Boston got off to a super slow start this season, going 23-27 through its first 50 games. The Red Sox have been one of the hottest teams in baseball since then, winning 16 of its last 20 contests. They took two out of three against St. Louis last weekend before sweeping Detroit earlier this week. The Red Sox held the Tigers to eight runs over the three games. They wrapped up a nine-game homestand with that series and then had the day off on Thursday. Boston is still sitting 12.5 games back of New York in the American League East, but it is a half-game ahead of Minnesota for the second AL Wild Card spot.

The Red Sox have been an outstanding offensive team this year, ranked third in the majors in team batting average (.258). Third baseman Rafael Devers leads the way with 90 hits, including 16 home runs. Shortstop Xander Bogaerts has 85 hits, while designated hitter J.D. Martinez has 76 base knocks. They are facing a Cleveland pitching staff that is No. 7 with an ERA of 3.65. Right-handed pitcher Nick Pivetta is going to make the start for Boston on Friday night. He allowed one run on four hits and four walks across seven innings against St. Louis in his last outing. Pivetta struck out 10 batters, marking the second time in three starts that he struck out double-digit batters. He went 0-4 through his first five starts, but he is now 7-1 with a 1.77 ERA over his last nine outings.

Guardians trying to avoid consecutive losses

Cleveland’s season has followed a very similar script to Boston’s so far. The Guardians went 18-23 to open the year, but they have been consistently winning ever since then. They have not lost consecutive games since May 26, only losing six total games in the past month. Cleveland swept Colorado last week before taking two out of three against the Dodgers. The Guardians wrapped up the nine-game road trip by winning two out of three against Minnesota, as the Twins avoided a sweep with a 1-0 win on Thursday. Cleveland is tied with Minnesota atop the AL Central standings—Chicago is 4.0 games back of both teams.

The Guardians rank tenth in the majors in batting average, hitting at a .250 clip. Third baseman Jose Ramirez leads the way with 71 hits, including 16 home runs. Shortstop Amed Rosario has 66 hits, while Andres Gimenez has 55 base knocks. They will be facing a Boston staff that is No. 6 with an ERA of 3.59. Cal Quantrill is going to be on the mound for Cleveland on Friday night. He allowed five runs on 10 hits and one walk while striking out four across five innings against the Dodgers his last time out. Quantrill had recorded five straight quality starts before that outing. He posted a 2.89 ERA in 149.2 innings last season, but he has a 3.77 ERA through 71.2 frames in 2022.

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There has been some slight early steam on Boston in this game, but there is still plenty of value on the Red Sox. This game is all about the scheduling spot. Boston was at home for nine straight games before having a day off on Thursday, so it is rested coming into this contest. Meanwhile, Cleveland just wrapped up a nine-game road trip on Thursday and is having to travel back home from Minnesota before this series begins. Boston is also riding a winning streak, while Cleveland is coming off a loss. The Red Sox also have a starting pitcher who is in better form, so I will happily back them at a pick’em price.

Prediction: Boston -110

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This is a pretty high total for a game that features two quality starting arms, especially with both lineups coming off nine-game sets. Pivetta has quietly been one of the best starters in baseball over the past few months, going 7-1 with a 1.77 ERA over his last nine starts. He is facing a fatigued Cleveland lineup on Friday night, so I expect another strong outing from him. I do have more concerns about Quantrill, whose level has dropped from last season, but he only needs a decent performance to keep this one under the total.

Prediction: Under 8.5
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Written By Blake Von Hagen , "Blake V."

Blake is a lifelong sports fan and hoops junkie. Prior to joining our team at Winners & Whiners and StatSalt, Blake worked for several newspapers and websites. He enjoys combining his beat writing expertise with the knack for finding the winning edge in a matchup. Blake is also an avid sports being expert and you would not be disappointed in following him on a daily basis. Remember, it’s a marathon, not a sprint. 
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