Reds vs. Indians Prediction
Will the Cleveland Indians defend their home turf against their interleague rival, the Cincinnati Reds, when the two meet up tonight at 7:10PM ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Monday, July 9, 2018
7:10PM ET – Progressive Field
TV: STO (Cle); FSOH (Cin)
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers, the Indians are favored at home, as they are getting odds of -165 to win. The Reds are getting a money line of +150 to win, while the over/under total has been set at 9 runs. The public betting for this game currently has 78 percent going on Cleveland at home. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Reds leveling out
The Reds seem to have found their home this season, hovering around the 10-games-below .500 mark. They have dropped three of their last five to sit at 39-51 on the season and 18-25 on the road. Cincinnati is putting up 4.69 runs per game this year while allowing 5.07 per contest.
Anthony DeSclafani gets the start for the Reds this evening. He has started six games this year and has a 3-1 record with a 5.08 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP. DeSclafani has pitched 33.2 innings this year and has 29 strikeouts with 10 walks.
Indians lose home series
Cleveland was rolling along, but lost the last two games of its home series with Oakland this weekend. The Tribe is now 49-39 overall and 28-15 at home. Cleveland is putting up 5.00 runs per game this year while allowing 4.18 per contest.
Mike Clevinger will get the start for the Indians this evening. He has started 17 games in 2018 and has a 7-3 record with a 3.11 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP. Clevinger has logged 110.0 innings this year and has 99 strikeouts with 36 walks.
MLB Betting Trends
The Reds have won seven of their last eight interleague games and 14 of their last 20 overall. However, they are 15-43 in their last 58 interleague road games.
The Indians have won seven of Clevinger’s last eight home starts against a losing team. They have also won 10 of his last 14 home starts overall.
Cincinnati hasn’t been playing bad as of late, but I don’t trust them to go into Cleveland and win consistently. The Tribe have been very up-and-down at the plate, scoring double-digit runs one night and then going scoreless the next. Still, the Tribe have pitching to lead them most nights and I think that will be the difference today. Clevinger is much more reliable than DeSclafani and the same can be said of the bullpens for each team.
The Pick: Cleveland Indians -165