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8* Cleveland (1:10 ET): The Indians really let one get away yesterday. They led 2-1 going into the bottom of the ninth and could have been up by even more, were it not for Josh Naylor lining into a triple play (had runners at the corners) in the eighth inning. Naylor’s infamy would then continue when he let a routine grounder go through his legs with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, leading to the tying run. The Reds went on to win 3-2 in 10 innings, their second straight victory over the Tribe as they also won 10-3 on Friday. Looking to avoid the sweep, Cleveland sends its ace to the mound Sunday (Shane Bieber).
The Indians’ lack of offensive firepower is not promising when playing in a National League park. Of course, the pitcher has to come up to bat. But with Bieber also on the mound, they should be in good shape here. Bieber went the distance his last time out, allowing only three hits and turning in a 15th straight start with at least eight strikeouts. Last year’s AL Cy Young winner now has a 2.11 ERA and 0.891 WHIP through three starts and he’s 2-0 w/ a 3.15 ERA in three career starts vs. the Reds.
Wade Miley has never started a season with three consecutive wins in his big league career, but that’s what the Reds starter for Sunday is aiming for here. Miley has previously held the Giants & Pirates, two light-hitting NL teams, to just four total hits in 11 scoreless innings of work. But I’m skeptical of that continuing, even though the Indians are hardly the 1927 Yankees. The Reds are just 25-74 their L99 Interleague games as an underdog. It’s notable that they are underdogs here after winning as favorites each of the previous two days. 8* Cleveland