Red Sox (31-31) at Guardians (28-33) Game Preview | Thursday 6/8 7:10 PM. EST.

June 8, 2023

Andy Billman

Gm 3 Series Finale Against the Red Sox

3 Things Preview Boston Red Sox at Cleveland Guardians:

1 – Air quality advisory 

With the fires in Canada, there’s an air quality advisory for the Cleveland metro area today, possibly postponing tonight’s game with the Red Sox.  If the game is played it will be Aaron Civale on the mound tonight for the Guards. 

2 – JRAM making history 

Jose Ramirez doubled in the 5th inning moving Ramirez into fifth place on Cleveland’s all-time list for extra-base hits with 539 passing Ken Keltner at 538.

3 – Quality starts 

In the past three series with Baltimore, Minnesota, and Boston, Cleveland has only gotten a quality start from Logan Allen.  Allen has two quality starts in his two appearances winning both.  

Guardians Notes

In the first game of the series, the Guardians appeared to be in control with their ace Shane Bieber on the mound and a 2-0 lead. However, they couldn’t hold on as the Red Sox mounted a comeback, scoring five runs in the final three innings, resulting in a disappointing 5-4 loss. Nevertheless, the Guardians managed to bounce back on Wednesday night, securing a 5-2 victory. Their offense came alive with a strong 10-hit performance, supported by four scoreless innings from the bullpen. With this win, Cleveland now enters the third and decisive game of the series with an opportunity to clinch the series victory.

Taking the mound for Cleveland in the crucial game is right-handed pitcher Aaron Civale. Civale has made only three starts this season, as he spent the entire month of May on the injured list. Despite his limited appearances, he holds a solid 2-1 record. He boasts an impressive ERA of 2.04, a strikeout rate of 6.1 per nine innings (K/9), and a WHIP (walks plus hits per inning pitched) of 1.08. Civale showcased his skills in his first game back from injury last Friday against the Minnesota Twins, pitching five scoreless innings and allowing only four hits. Unfortunately, the Guardians suffered a 1-0 loss in that game despite his strong performance.

Guardians Stats and Insights


  • Civale’s team is 2-1-0 against the spread this season in his starts.
  • The right-hander last pitched on Saturday, when he allowed four hits in five scoreless innings against the Minnesota Twins.
  • Civale has three starts in a row of five innings or more.
  • Civale’s team lost his only start as a favorite this season.
  • Civale’s team has a 1-2 record in his starts this season.
  • Games Civale has started this season and hit the over one time in three chances.


  • The Guardians have hit two or more long balls in eight games this season, and are 6-2 in those contests.
  • Cleveland has gone 4-4 in its eight games this season with at least five extra-base hits.
  • The club has strung together at least eight hits in 33 games this season and is 16-17 in those contests.
  • Cleveland has a 12-5 record in games this season when it put up at least five runs.
  • The Guardians have drawn five or more walks in 17 games this season, and are 9-8 in those contests.

Red Sox Notes

Once again, the Boston Red Sox find themselves at an even 31-31 record as they enter the third game of this series. The Sox began the series with an impressive comeback, securing a 5-4 victory on Tuesday night. However, they stumbled in the second game, succumbing to a 5-2 defeat. Despite facing pitching challenges on Wednesday, with Kutter Crawford pitching three innings and rookie call-up Chris Murphy delivering 3.1 scoreless innings to keep the game competitive, the Red Sox managed to briefly hold a 2-1 lead before defensive errors cost them the advantage.

With Crawford and Murphy both utilized in the previous game, it is anticipated that Corey Kluber will take the mound on Thursday. Kluber, who struggled throughout the season, was shifted to the bullpen on May 21st. With a record of 3-6 and an ERA of 6.25 in a total of 11 appearances (nine starts), Kluber’s performance has been inconsistent. Nonetheless, Sox manager Alex Cora likely hopes that Kluber can tap into the skills that once made him Cleveland’s top pitcher for several seasons. Kluber has given up 11 home runs this season and has a K/9 rate of 7.3.

Red Sox Stats and Insights

RED SOX PROBABLE PITCHER – Bullpen Game | Matt Dermody

  • Dermody makes his first start of the season for the Red Sox.
  • It’s the season debut and his first appearance in more than a year for the 32-year-old left-hander.
  • Dermody’s team was never a money line underdog a season ago in games he pitched.


  • They have won 13 of the 21 games this season in which they hit two or more home runs.
  • In 19 games with five or more extra-base hits this season, it has a record of 11-8.
  • They have a record of 24-19 this season when collecting eight or more base hits in a game.
  • In 35 games this season with five or more runs scored, it has posted a record of 27-8.
  • In 19 games this season with five or more walks drawn, they’ve posted a record of 10-9

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