Cleveland Indians (68-51) at Cincinnati Reds (52-68)
|Date & Time||Wednesday August 15, 2018, 7:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Cincinnati Reds +166 / Cleveland Indians -176 --- Over/Under: 9.5
The Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds meet Wednesday in MLB action at Great American Ball Park.
The Cleveland Indians look to keep the ball rolling after winning nine of their last 11 games. The Indians have scored 27 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Cleveland Indians have won six straight games when scoring at least one run. Francisco Lindor leads the Indians with 142 hits and 74 RBI while Jose Ramirez and Michael Brantley have combined for 261 hits and 152 RBI. Shane Bieber gets the ball, and he is 6-2 with a 4.24 ERA and 66 strikeouts this season. This will be Bieber’s first career game against the Reds.
The Cincinnati Reds could use a win here after losing seven of their last 10 games. The Reds have allowed 27 runs in their last three games and six or more runs in five of their last eight games. The Cincinnati Reds have lost eight straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Scooter Gennett leads the Reds with 133 hits and 69 RBI while Jose Peraza and Joey Votto have combined for 248 hits and 94 RBI. Robert Stephenson gets the ball, and he is 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA and four strikeouts this season. This will be Stephenson’s first career game against the Indians.
The Indians are 5-1 in their last 6 road games, 21-5 in their last 26 Wednesday games and 36-16 in their last 52 during game 3 of a series. The Reds are 2-7 in their last 9 during game 3 of a series, 4-1 in Stephensons last 5 home starts and 1-4 in Stephensons last 5 starts. The Indians are 6-1 in the last 7 meetings in Cincinnati, 13-5 in the last 18 meetings and the over is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.
The Cleveland Indians are in one of those stretches they seem to get in every year around this time where they just can't lose. The Indians have won nine of their last 11 games and now throw out a pitcher in Bieber who has allowed two runs in his last 12.1 innings. The Cincinnati Reds play hard but are on the losing side far more times than not, and Stephenson has just four innings under his belt this season. The Indians should get the job done here yet again.