Cleveland Indians (7-6) at Cincinnati Reds (8-5)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 4:10 pm (Great American Ball Park)
Triston McKenzie (0-0) (4.70) vs. Sonny Gray (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Cincinnati Reds -128 / Cleveland Indians +118 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Cleveland Indians and the Cincinnati Reds meet Saturday in MLB action from Great American Ball Park.
This will be the second installment of a three-game weekend series between these teams. In the Friday set opener, the Reds bagged a huge seven-run victory. Check back all season long for free MLB picks at Sports Chat Place.
Cleveland played four games versus the White Sox this week and managed a split, winning Tuesday and Thursday. In the Friday opener versus the Reds, Cleveland gave up seven runs in the bottom of the third inning and never recovered in an eventual 10-3 loss. Starter Logan Allen went 2.0 innings with four earned in the defeat.
For the Saturday starting pitcher job, the Indians will go with Triston McKenzie. In two appearances so far (one start), McKenzie has a 4.70 ERA with four hits, four earned, six walks and 11 strikeouts in 7.2 total innings. he held a 3.24 ERA in eight games last year.
Over on the Reds’ side, they played the Giants this week. Cincinnati won Monday but lost the other two games. In the Friday opener versus Cleveland, Cincinnati got two RBI from four different players in the gigantic win. Starter Jeff Hoffman went 6.0 innings with seven hits and one earned.
For the starting role on Saturday, the Reds will send out Sonny Gray. A back issue sidelined Gray for the start of this season, but he’s off the IL and ready to go. In 11 games last year Gray posted a 3.70 ERA with 72 Ks, 23 earned and a 5-3 record.
The Indians are 1-4 in their last five Saturday games and 19-9 in their last 28 versus the NL Central. The under is 9-2-1 in Cleveland’s last 12 Saturday games and 6-2-1 in their last nine in game two of a series.
Meanwhile, the Reds are 14-6 in their last 20 games as a favorite and 2-6 in their last eight in game two of a series. The over is 4-0 in Cincinnati’s last four in game two of a series and 3-1-1 in their last five Saturday games.
PICK: I’m going to take the Reds in this one. We’ve got a fun pitching matchup in store here, however. McKenzie opened the year in the bullpen and is still getting stretched out, but if he can post some quality innings he’ll be a big help to the Indians. Likewise with Gray; he threw a simulated game over the weekend and isn’t expected to be on a pitch count here. I like a good starter battle in this game two with the Reds eking out a late win.