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Cleveland Indians vs. Cincinnati Reds - 7/9/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cincinnati Reds (39-50) at Cleveland Indians (49-38)
Date & Time Monday July 9, 2018, 7:10 PM (EDT)
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The Line: Cleveland Indians -160 / Cincinnati Reds +150 --- Over/Under: 9.5
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MLB | Cincinnati Reds (39-50) at Cleveland Indians (49-38)
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Coming our way on Monday from Progressive Field, the Cincinnati Reds and the Cleveland Indians will be kicking off their MLB set. 

The Reds just finished a weekend series versus the Cubs. Cincinnati split the first two games, then on Sunday the Reds lost 6-5 in 10-innings. 

For the Monday game, the Reds will be bringing out RHP Anthony DeSclafani. In his 33.2 innings and 3-1 mark this year, DeSclafani has a 5.08 ERA with 29 Ks and 10 BBs. 

Scooter Gennett leads the Reds offense this season on 107 hits, 54 runs, 14 homers and 58 RBI entering the week. On Sunday, Gennett went 0-for-3. 

As for the Indians, they’re coming off a series versus the A’s. Cleveland split the first pair of games in that set, and in the Sunday finale the Indians were shut out 6-0. 

Cleveland will be sending out RHP Mike Clevinger on Monday. Across 110.0 innings and a 7-3 mark this year, Clevinger has a 3.11 ERA with 99 Ks and 36 BBs. 

Tops in hitting for the Indians is Francisco Lindor, who came into this week with 107 hits, 79 runs, 23 homers and 56 RBI. In the Sunday game, Lindor whiffed 0-for-4. 

The Reds are 1-5 in their last six Monday games and 4-0 in DeSclafani’s last four Monday starts. Cincinnati is also 4-1 in DeSclafani’s last five starts with five days’ rest and 1-4 in his last five starts in game one of a series. 

Meanwhile, the Indians are 24-7 in their last 31 Monday games and 9-3 in their last 12 in game one of a series. Cleveland is also 10-4 in Clevinger’s last 14 home starts and 0-5 in his last five starts in game one of a series. 

Clevinger has pitched pretty well lately (and all season long, really). He hasn’t allowed more than three earned—which he did once—in his last five starts. Considering DeSclafani has coughed up nine earned over his last two starts, I’m inclined to go with the Indians here.

Cleveland Indians -160

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