Boston Red Sox at Cleveland Indians Preview 4/14

MLB Betting Preview
Boston Red Sox (7-6) at Cleveland Indians (5-7)
Monday, 7:05 pm Eastern – ESPN

SBG Global Opening Line: Indians  - 125, Total  9.5 Flat


The Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians begin a series on Monday in a rematch of last year’s ALCS that Boston won after trailing three games to one.  Boston went on to win the World Series after the comeback against Cleveland.  The Indians could be looking for a little revenge but considering they are only 5-7 this season they could just be trying to win some games. “We just need to win some games,” Indians left fielder Jason Michaels said. “These guys haven’t talked about (Boston).” The Indians are coming off a 7-1 win against Oakland on Sunday. Grady Sizemore went 2-for-4 with three RBIs in the victory. SBG Global reports that early MLB betting has the public taking Indians at Home.


Boston is throwing lefthander Jon Lester on Monday.  Lester is 1-2 on the season with a 4.50 ERA. He gave up four runs, five hits and walked four in 5 1-3 innings of a 7-2 loss to Detroit on Wednesday.  He faced Cleveland twice in relief last season and allowed three runs in 3 2-3 innings. He is 1-0 with a 3.75 ERA in two career starts versus the Indians. The Red Sox are coming off an 8-5 victory over the Yankees on Sunday. Manny Ramirez went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and a RBI on Sunday.  Designated hitter David Ortiz got the night off against the Yankees as he is in a horrible 3 for 43 slump to start the season. “Just trying to figure things out for a minute so I can go back to being Big Papi again,” said Ortiz

SBG Global Current Line: Indians  - 128, Total  9 Under -115


Jake Westbrook gets the start for Cleveland on Monday.  He is 1-1 on the season with a 2.76 ERA.  He allowed three runs and seven hits in a complete-game 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday. He is 3-2 with a 4.81 ERA in six career games against Boston.


Here are the MLB betting stats for Monday’s game.  The Red Sox are 5-1 in their last 6 vs. the American League Central. The Red Sox are 6-2 in their last 8 series openers. The Red Sox are 14-6 in their last 20 overall. The Red Sox are 2-5 in their last 7 games vs. a right-handed starter. The Red Sox are 2-7 in their last 9 games as a road underdog. The Red Sox are 12-4 in Lester’s last 16 starts. The Red Sox are 6-2 in Lester’s last 8 starts as a road underdog.


The Indians are 9-2 in their last 11 home games vs. a left-handed starter. The Indians are 17-5 in their last 22 Monday games. The Indians are 22-7 in their last 29 home games. The Indians are 3-7 in their last 10 overall. The Indians are 1-5 in their last 6 games as a favorite. The Indians are 1-4 in Westbrook’s last 5 starts as a favorite.


The Under is the 6-2-1 in Red Sox last 9 games as a road underdog. The Under is 20-7-1 in the Red Sox last 28 Monday games. The Under is 52-24-5 in the Red Sox last 81 road games vs. a right-handed starter. The Under is 4-0 in Lester’s last 4 starts overall. The Under is 5-0 in Lester’s last 5 road starts. The Under is 4-0-2 in Lester’s last 6 starts vs. the American League Central.


The Over is 5-1-3 in the Indians last 9 vs. the American League East. The Over is 5-2-1 in Indians last 8 games as a home favorite. The Under is 17-4 in Westbrook’s last 21 starts as a home favorite. The Under is 22-6 in Westbrook’s last 28 home starts. The Under is 19-7 in Westbrook’s last 26 starts overall. The Under is 5-2 in Westbrook’s last 7 starts vs. the American League East. The Over is 5-1-2 in the last 8 meetings between the two teams and the Under is 4-1-2 in the last 7 meetings in Cleveland. The Under is 4-1 in Westbrook’s last 5 home starts vs. the Red Sox.


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Motoring: Double top for Focus.(Features)

Birmingham Evening Mail (England) February 13, 2002 IT’S been a rewarding time for the Ford Focus. It has come top in two major independent surveys. First the Focus was singled out as the favourite car of British used car dealers by an influential firm of UK motor industry analysts.

Then the car which replaced the Escort was named as the most reliable car in its segment in The Auto Report 2002, published by the German TDCV, an authoritative industry body, which looked at 1.5 million cars tested under the equivalent of the British MoT.

The survey into the reliability of cars between one and three years old compared a total of 107 different models from all car makers represented on the German market. A remarkable 92.7 per cent of all Ford Focus cars examined had no faults whatsoever making the Focus the first none Japanese model to head the reliability survey since 1987, with the lowest fault rate in the last ten years. site 2001 ford focus

Meanwhile here in Britain, the Focus now has one of the best residual values in its class – second only to the VW Golf.

In the CAP Used Car Confidence Index, a majority of car dealers said it was their favourite used car to stock and it now has the best residual values for any Ford model.

Leeds-based CAP says that strong image, high build quality and excellent reliability have combined to make the Focus one of the biggest mass market motoring success stories of recent years.

The scale of Ford’s achievement in the hotly contested lower medium family car sector is highlighted by the fact that a three-year-old Focus is worth 25pc more in the trade than the car it replaced – the Escort – according to CAP.

‘Three years ago we forecast a trade value today of pounds 5,025 for a Focus with 60,000 miles on the clock – just pounds 25 less than today’s actual market value,’ said Mark Norman, who heads CAP’s residual values forecasting team. see here 2001 ford focus

‘Focus has really boosted the profile of Ford’s smaller family car offering, lifting it from close to the bottom of that group to almost the very top.

‘It’s a car that has played a significant role in the trend we call ‘downsizing’ as drivers move out of larger cars into more economical vehicles. Now, a three-year-old Focus is worth almost pounds 1,500 more than the typical larger family car.

‘Focus is consistently Britain’s biggest seller but its desirability on the used market means it has bucked the trend of poor residual values for high volume cars,’ adds Norman.

In 2001, Ford Focus sales were 895,700 cars worldwide, which is set to make it once again the world’s best-selling car.

In Europe a total of 568,000 Focus models were sold, an increase of 5.7 per cent on 2000 and in the UK Focus sales in 2001 were 136,882, up 19.6 per cent on 2000.

Ford recently announced styling enhancements and equipment improvements to the Focus range for 2002 and, in addition, Ford will launch two Focus performance models in 2002 – the Focus ST 170 in March and the Focus RS later in the year.

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