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4:10 PM PT5:10 PM MT6:10 PM CT7:10 PM ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 PM MST6:10 PM EST6:40 PM VEN3:10 UAE (+1)6:10 PM CT, August 12, 2019
Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio  Attendance: 24,770

Indians look to maintain momentum against Red Sox

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Boston Red Sox at Cleveland Indians

  1. Cleveland took two of three in Boston in late May, losing the first game, 12-5, but outscoring the Red Sox, 21-14, over the next two. The Indians have won three of their last four at home against the Red Sox after dropping four of the previous six.
  2. The Red Sox have gone 3-11 since July 28, worst in the American League in that span and better than only the Pirates (2-11) league-wide. Their starter ERA prior to July 28 was 4.70, compared to 8.15 since that date.
  3. J.D. Martinez has picked up a hit in 10 straight games, slashing .447/.523/.842 (1.365 OPS) with four home runs, eight RBI and nine runs in that span. Prior to the All-Star break, Martinez posted a .541 slugging percentage, but he has slugged .615 post-break.
  4. The Indians have gone 26-9 (.743) since July 1, best in MLB. Only three teams in the live-ball era (since 1920) have posted a .740+ win percentage from July 1 to the end of a season: the 2001 Oakland A's (64-19, .771), the 1954 Cleveland Indians (63-21, .750) and the 1942 St. Louis Cardinals (68-21, .764).
  5. Jose Ramirez posted a .652 OPS prior to the All-Star break, ranking 141st out of the 146 hitters qualifying for the batting title. Post-break, Ramirez has a 1.035 OPS, ranking 11th in the same population of hitters.
  6. Eduardo Rodriguez has a BB/9 of 5.58 and a K/9 of 7.04 over his last five starts, compared to season-long marks of 3.40 and 8.98, respectively. Zach Plesac posted a 3.80 ERA in eight starts in his first stint in the majors this season but has a 2.00 mark in five starts since his recall on July 16.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/12/2019 thru 8/14/2019

Winning three of four against the Minnesota Twins over the weekend to tie for first place in the American League Central, the Cleveland Indians have primed themselves for a run at another division title.

They can advance that effort further while essentially eliminating a fringe wild-card contender as they host the Boston Red Sox for a three-game series beginning Monday.

Whichever team loses the AL Central will be in prime position to win a wild card as the Indians and Twins are 2 1/2 games up on the second-place Tampa Bay Rays in those standings. The Red Sox, meanwhile, are now 7 1/2 games back and appear close to waiving the white flag on defending their 2018 World Series championship.

The series kicks off Monday with Indians rookie right-hander Zach Plesac (6-3, 3.13 ERA) taking the mound opposite Red Sox southpaw Eduardo Rodriguez (13-5, 4.17).

Plesac made his major league debut in Boston earlier this season, where the Indians took two of three. In that outing, he gave up one run on four hits and one walk in 5 1/3 innings -- a precursor to what's been an impressive debut campaign for the 24-year-old.

Plesac is coming off one of his best starts, hurling six shutout innings against the Texas Rangers as part of a doubleheader last week. He gave up just five hits and struck out seven.

By sweeping that twin bill, Cleveland carried momentum into its pivotal series with Minnesota, which culminated in a 7-3 victory in 10 innings in Sunday's finale. Carlos Santana's grand slam in the top of the 10th served as the decider after closer Brad Hand blew a two-run lead in the bottom of the ninth.

"It was a fun series," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "I think our players enjoyed it. They're a good team over there. We know that. Now, we'll enjoy it for a plane ride and then we better get ready, because Boston will be ready for us when we get home."

The Red Sox, though, enter the series in further disarray after losing their last two in a four-game set with the Los Angeles Angels. Sunday's finale saw host Boston come from behind to take the lead in the fifth, only to allow the Angles to tie in the eighth and win in the 10th.

As part of the collapse, reliever Matt Barnes blew his seventh save of the year -- the team's 21st overall. Boston burned through six bullpen arms after starter Andrew Cashner was pulled after walking five and giving up three runs through 1 2/3 innings.

"We've been inconsistent," said Red Sox manager Alex Cora, who told the media the team will reassess its struggling rotation Monday in Cleveland. "It's tough to make the playoffs (when you're inconsistent)."

The Red Sox have lost 11 of their last 14 games, while the Indians have won nine of 12.

Rodriguez will face Cleveland for the first time this season -- he's 1-0 with a 2.63 ERA in two previous career starts against the club. His last time out, Rodriguez gave up two runs on seven hits in five innings in a no-decision to the Kansas City Royals.

Rodriguez walked three in that outing and has given up 31 free passes in his last 61 1/3 innings.

-Field Level Media

Updated August 11, 2019

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