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8* Cleveland (7:10 ET): The Indians impressed me yesterday when they finished off a four-game sweep at Kansas City. They now lead the AL Central with a 17-13 record and have won five straight overall. As per usual, pitching is carrying this team as they’ve posted two shutouts during the five-game win streak, including yday’s 4-0 win. A Cincinnati team that has scored only one run in its last two games (and it came in extra innings) isn’t likely to turn things around at the plate and for the second time today I’ll look to fade the visiting National League team in an Interleague matchup.
The Reds got off to a fast start, but now sit a game below .500 (14-15) on the season. They have not been particularly good on the road where they are 4-8 with just 2.9 runs per game scored. Troubling is the fact they are giving up 5.2 runs per game overall as the bullpen isn’t very good. While they did beat the White Sox Wednesday in extra innings, 1-0, the Reds gave up a total of 21 runs the previous two games and have been shut out three times in the L10 games. Two of those shutout losses were by eight runs or more.
Zach Plesac doesn’t have the greatest ERA (4.78) for Cleveland, but his WHIP (1.187) tells a bit of a different story. He’s faced the White Sox three times already and the third time was the charm as he shut them out for 5 ⅔ innings Sunday in a 5-0 win. Plesac won’t have to face Joey Votto, who is injured. Wade Miley goes for the Reds and his worst start of 2021 came against Cleveland when he allowed two home runs in a 6-3 loss. Now he’s got to pitch in an American League park. The Reds have scored two runs or fewer in four of the last six games and six of the last ten. 8* Cleveland
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