Cleveland Indians vs. Boston Red Sox
Tip-off: Thursday, May 23, 2013 – 7:10 PM ET
Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts
Cleveland: McAllister (3-3, 2.65 ERA)
Boston: Dempster (2-4, 4.27 ERA)
Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona is heading back to Boston for the first time as an opposing manager since leaving. The 54 year-old coach will make it to Fenway Park to face the Boston Red Sox, the team he led to two World Series titles during eight seasons.
Francona, who was let go after Boston collapsed in 2011, said he hasn’t given much thought to his homecoming, but YouWager bettors can count on the coach having an emotional time.
While Francona was Boston’s manager the team ended an 86-year drought by winning the World Series in 2004 and then won it again in 2007.
Cleveland’s pitcher Justin Masterson, who played parts of two seasons for Francona in Boston, hopes Red Sox fans show him deserved love.
While Masterson’s seven victories have helped Francona begin his Indians tenure outstanding, no member of the rotation has a lower ERA than scheduled Thursday starter Zach McAllister (3-3, 2.65 ERA). The Indians have won each of McAllister’s last four starts as the right-hander’s gone 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA.
One of his worst performances came versus the Red Sox on April 18 as he yielded three runs, six hits and three walks over five innings in a 6-3 defeat. He fell to 1-2 with a 4.05 ERA in three career starts against Boston.
Boston will be starting with Ryan Dempster (2-4, 4.27). The British Columbia native is 0-2 in his past three starts, getting tagged for 15 runs in 16 2/3 innings. Six days after serving up a career high-tying three homers in a 12-4 defeat against the Toronto Blue Jays, Dempster had a season-high six walks in a season-low 4 2/3 innings of a 12-5 victory versus the Minnesota Twins on Saturday.
The Indians (26-19) come into this game after being swept in two games by the Detroit Tigers following a five-game win streak. According to the MLB line lines Cleveland is winner in 18 of 25, have not lost three straight in May.