- The Reds are 5-5 in their last 10 and 14-15 overall.
- The Indians are 8-2 in their last 10 and 17-13 overall.
- Cincinnati won the first series between the Ohio rivals, two games to one.
The in-state rivals will kick off a three-game series tonight in Cleveland. The Indians have been red hot and have moved into first place in the AL Central. The Reds have bounced back to win 5 of 8 after losing seven straight to end April.
Reds vs Indians Schedule
- Where: Progressive Field, Cleveland, OH
- When: Friday, May 7, 7:10pm ET
- Watch: Regional Networks
Reds vs Indians Odds
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It should be a good pitching matchup as the two teams start the series. Wade Miley (3-2, 2.67 ERA) has been Cincinnati’s best starting pitcher this season. Zach Plesace (2-3, 4.78 ERA) has been better his last two starts after a shaky start to the season.
Reds Offense Trying to Carry the Team
Cincinnati’s offense has been really good to start the season but has not been able to make up for the shaky pitching staff. The Reds are 7th or better in runs, batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging.
They have combined for an OPS of .759. Jesse Winker leads the team with an OPS of 1.063. Nick Castellanos leads the team with 9 home runs.
Miley has thrown 27 innings allowing only 19 hits and 7 walks. He has a WHIP of 0.96 and has struck out 19 while surrendering 3 homers.
Reds hitters have had a lot of success against Plesac in the past. They have combined for an OPS of 1.017. Nick Senzel and Castellanos both have OPSs over 1.000 and one home run off of Plesac.
Indians Ride Hot Streak to First Place
Cleveland has won five straight and 9 of 11 to find themselves a half-game ahead of the Chicago White Sox for first place in the AL Central. Sweeping the then first place Kansas City Royals, certainly helped their cause.
The pitching staff has helped make up for a lack of thunder on offense. They are top ten in ERA, quality starts, WHIP and batting average against.
This will be Plesac’s seventh start of the season. He has thrown 32 innings allowing 31 hits, 7 walks and 4 home runs. He has a WHIP of 1.19 and has struck out 24.
Cleveland hitters have had mild success against Miley. They have combined for an OPS of .731. Jose Ramirez is 2 for 10 with a homer off of Miley.
Reds vs Indians Prediction
Who will win tonight’s MLB game:
Cleveland is a small favorite in tonight’s game. It is a classic strength on strength matchup as one of the best pitching staffs in baseball meets one of the best lineups.
Plesac seems to have found his groove in his last few starts and Miley is due for a regression. I like the Indians at -145.
Indians 5 – Reds 2
- Indians -145