Cleveland Indians vs. Cincinnati Reds MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/5/14
Cincinnati Reds (56-55) at Cleveland Indians (56-55)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Progressive Field)
Johnny Cueto (R) (12-6) (2.047) vs. Josh Tomlin (R) (4-7) (4.518)
The Line: Cleveland Indians +109 / Cincinnati Reds -119 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-OH, STO
The Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians will play game two of four on Tuesday night.
The Reds have split their last 10 games and remain a .500 ball club. The concern for the Reds is that their offense still isn’t getting the job done, as they’ve produced three or fewer runs in 14 of their last 17 games. The Reds have lost 11 of their last 14 games when scoring three or less runs. Devin Mesoraco has five hits in his last two games and Billy Hamilton has hit safely in six of his last seven games. The Reds have an ERA of 3.39, which is eighth in the majors Johnny Cueto takes the mound, and he’s 12-6 with a 2.05 ERA and has 166 strikeouts in 162.2 innings. Cueto is 3-0 with a 2.10 ERA in five career starts against the Indians.
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The Indians have now won four straight and are four games above a .500 record. The Indians continue to get the job done offensively, as they’ve produced four or more runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Indians have won four of their last five games when scoring more than three runs. Michael Brantley has 11 hits in his last five games and David Murphy has six extra-base hits in his last seven games. The Indians have an ERA of 3.80, which is 17th in the majors. Starting is Josh Tomlin, who is 5-7 with a 4.47 ERA and has 77 strikeouts in 86.2 innings. Tomlin is 1-1 with a 4.08 ERA in three career starts against the Reds.
The Reds are 8-2 in Cuetos last 10 starts and 39-19 in Cuetos last 58 starts with 4 days of rest. The Indians are 6-2 in Tomlins last 8 interleague starts and 0-4 in Tomlins last 4 starts overall.
Cueto has been one of the most underrated pitchers in baseball this season and pretty much the only Reds pitcher you can trust. I'm taking the Reds for the cheap price.