The Boston Red Sox will be without pitcher Josh Beckett while the Cleveland Indians will be without top hitter Grady Sizemore.
Boston and Cleveland are not off to great starts this season and these injuries won’t help their current Internet betting odds.
Online betting odds will have Tim Wakefield taking Beckett’s spot in the Boston pitching rotation. The Red Sox recalled relieve Joe Nelson to take Wakefield’s spot in the bullpen. The Red Sox are hoping that Beckett only misses one start. Beckett left Tuesday’s game against the Yankees with an injury.
The Cleveland Indians will be without outfielder Grady Sizemore for a while after placing him on the 15-day DL. The Indians just placed Asdrubal Cabrera on the DL so things are not going well for Cleveland. Sizemore could be out for a while since he has a deep bone bruise in his left knee. The team is even considering surgery. Cabrera is going to be out for at least a couple of months with a displaced fracture of the ulna bone in his left arm.
Boston was considered one of the favorites in baseball Internet betting futures before the season began but they are only around the .500 mark. They are well back of Tampa Bay and New York in the American League East. The Red Sox are no longer considered a team that is a lock to make the playoffs. Their odds of winning the World Series have gone up to 14-1 and considering their current roster those odds should probably be even higher. Beckett has not pitched that well this season and if they don’t have him at the top of their rotation they can forget about making a playoff run.
Cleveland is no threat in the American League Central. The Indians are going to have another long season. Losing Sizemore definitely doesn’t help as he is considered their best player. The Indians have a losing record at home and on the road this season. Their lineup is not very good and their pitching staff is just average. Without Sizemore in their lineup they are likely to struggle to score runs even more than they have been. Cleveland will likely be battling Kansas City for last place in the division this season.