The Cleveland Indians (32-28) and Cincinnati Reds (33-27) will continue their three-game interleague series on Wednesday night at the Great American Ball Park, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:10 ET
Cleveland Indians at Cincinnati Reds
Cleveland is now 4-3 on its current nine-game road trip after suffering a 7-1 loss to Cincinnati in the series opener on Tuesday night, but outfielder Michael Brantley continues to produce at the plate, batting .351 during a 19-game hitting streak. Another Tribe outfielder should also find himself in a good situation in this contest, as Shin-Soo Choo is hitting .324 with four home runs and 12 RBIs in 19 career games against the Reds. Cleveland is 27-15 versus right-handed starters this year.
Indians starting pitcher Derek Lowe (7-4, 3.72 ERA) is coming off a 7-5 road loss to the Detroit Tigers, giving up seven runs and nine hits over five frames, as he’s failed to strike out more than three batters since April 24. The right-hander has tallied a 3-3 record and 6.48 ERA in six road outings, as opposing hitters are batting .368 against him. In eight career games (seven starts) versus the Reds, Lowe has gone 4-3 with a 4.26 ERA, including an even 2-2 mark and 5.09 ERA in four outings at this ball park.
Cincinnati overcame many of its players being sick in the series-opening contest, as the offense blew the game open by scoring five combined runs in the seventh and eighth innings. Reds first baseman Joey Votto continues to produce at the plate, hitting three home runs and 12 RBIs in 10 games this month, including a two-run homer on Tuesday. The club is still just 2-5 in its last seven meetings with the Indians. Cincinnati is 8-5 as a home favorite of -125 to -150 this season, with the “over” going 8-5 in those contests.
Reds starting pitcher Mat Latos (4-2, 4.85 ERA) has led the club to four consecutive victories, as the offense has scored 29 combined runs over that span. The right-hander has tallied a 3-1 record and 4.12 ERA in seven home starts, but has served up 11 home runs in 43.2 combined innings. In five career starts versus AL opponents, Latos has gone 2-2 with a 3.48 ERA, including a 7-5 home win last year against the Indians as a member of the San Diego Padres.
Bettors will likely play the total in this contest, with the “over” going 4-0 in Latos’ last four efforts as a favorite, while the Indians have climbed above the total in four of five games with Lowe on the mound as a road underdog.
Pick: Over 9
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