Cleveland Indians (64-51) vs Cincinnati Reds (51-65 )Date : 08/13/2018
Time : 7:10 PM ET
Location : Great American Ball Park
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Cleveland Indians vs Cincinnati Reds
The Reds will welcome the Indians to Great American Ball Park as the two teams will go head to head in a three-game interleague series starting on Monday. The Reds are in the last place of the NL Central division while the Indians are leading the AL Central. This will be their second meeting of the season in their first meeting the Reds were able to beat out the Indians 2-1 on the road.
Game 1-3: 7:10 PM ET
Cleveland Indians's Latest Performance :
The Indians will cap off their six-game road trip against the Reds. The Indians should be able to clinch the AL Central division title since they have an eleven game lead over second place Twins. The top priority for the Indians at this point of the season is to keep everyone on the roster healthy and ready for the postseason. Coming into this series the Indians are 12th in pitching with a 3.85 ERA and third best in batting with 582 runs scored this season. Despite playing well at home the Indians will have the opportunity to improve their road record playing against the Reds. They are 27-28 when playing away from home.
Player to watch in this series: Francisco Lindor, he went 1-for-3 with a double, a walk, and two stolen bases Friday against the White Sox. He has hit safely in nine straight games raising his slash line to .298/.377/.573 with 29 homers, 73 RBIs and 19 stolen bases match his career high. He leads the majors in runs scored and is second in doubles. I expect him to have a great series against the Reds on the road.
- RBIs: Jose Ramirez (83)
- Homers: Jose Ramirez (33)
- Batting Average: Franciso Lindor (.298)
Probable Pitchers for this series:
Game 1: Mike Clevinger, he held the Twins to just one run in seven innings receiving a no-decision. He is 7-7 with a 3.38 ERA through 23 starts. He has 144 strikeouts and 46 walks in 146 2/3 innings. He will start in the series opener on Monday.
Game 2: Corey Kluber, he gave up four runs over seven innings Thursday in a no-decision against the Twins. He is 14-6 on the season with an impressive 2.74 ERA and 0.94 WHIP. He will be looking for a win next time he steps on the mound on Tuesday.
Game 3: Shane Bieber, he pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings against the White Sox on Friday as part of a no-decision. He will bring a 4.10 ERA and 1.37 WHIP into the rubber game against the Reds on Wednesday.
Cincinnati Reds's Latest Performance :
The Reds are currently on a nine-game homestand as they will get ready to take on the Indians in an interleague matchup. The Reds are in the last place of the NL Central division. They are coming off a convincing shutout victory against the D-Backs in the series opener. This season they are 27-31 when playing at home. Coming into this series the Reds are 14th in batting with 526 runs scored this season and 24th in pitching with a 4.72 ERA. The Reds have decided to stick with the six-man pitcher rotation for at least one more week all six starters will close out the homestand.
Player to watch in this series: Eugenio Suarez, he leads the team in homers and RBIs on the season with 88 and 26 respectively. His 88 RBIs is tied for the most in the National League. He will have to play well against the Indians at home. He drove in the game-winning run against the D-Backs in the series opener. Despite the Reds standings in the Majors, he is having a terrific season slashing .303/.381/.574.
- RBIs: Eugenio Suarez (88)
- Homers: Eugenio Suarez (26)
- Batting Average: Scooter Gennett (.313)
Probable Pitchers for this series:
Game 1: Homer Bailey, he allowed five runs over 3 1/3 innings in Monday’s loss to the Mets. He is now 1-9 on the season with a 6.19 ERA. He will start in the series opener against the Indians on Monday.
Game 2: Sal Romano, he allowed just two hits and one run over six-plus innings in the Reds’ 6-1 victory over the Mets on Tuesday. He is 7-9 on the season and has a 4.94 ERA and 1.39 WHIP. He returns on the mound Tuesday.
Game 3: Robert Stephenson, he allowed three earned runs over four innings Wednesday in a loss to the Mets in his return to the Majors. He will get his second start as he will close things out for the Reds in the rubber game on Wednesday.
How Cleveland Indians & Cincinnati Reds Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Reds are 4-0 in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
Indians are 37-14 in their last 51 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400.
Against The Spread Selection: Cleveland Indians
My reason for the pick :
The Indians should be able to sweep the Reds on the road 3-0. Although the Indians have been struggling on the road this season the Reds shouldn’t cause them any problems. The Reds pitching will struggle mightily against the Indians batters in this series. Lindor and Ramirez will have their ways on the plate as I expect huge batting performances from the heavy hitters. The Reds are heading into rebuilding mode while the Indians are counting down the games until their real baseball season starts.
The Indians to sweep the Reds on the road 3-0.
Betting trends for Cleveland Indians:
- Indians are 10-3 in their last 13 road games.
Betting trends for Cincinnati Reds:
- Reds are 4-1 in their last 5 home games.