The Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians meet for game-three of their interleague matchup at Progressive Field. The Tribe played hungover to start the season, and still appeared slightly stunned from what transpired in the World Series less than a year ago. Luckily, for the Indians, they’re playing in the AL Central which hasn’t been the hottest for any team. In fact, the Twins at 24-18 are the leaders of the division at the moment.
At the backend, the Royals are 18-26. They are the only team in recent memory to win the World Series in the AL Central, but it appears they’re heading to a rebuilding stage. Their success came on so quickly that I don’t even really want to say it took them long to build a winner. Sometimes you find a group of guys who just gel so well together, and oh, lights out bullpens do wonders. That bullpen is gone for the Royals.
The division is up for grabs, and the Indians will be right there at the end. The Tigers are the team in the AL Central that have spent the money over the years, and they also some brand names in the lineup. They’ve squandered those chances, and here in a down year for the division, Detroit have been unable to take advantage of anything. The $110 million guy, Jordan Zimmermann, was better last night against the Astros, but that was one of his first serviceable starts of 2017.
There’s going to be a team who soars in the summer in the American League Central, but it’s tough to pinpoint who is going to go on that run. The Indians have a stingy bullpen which is hard to go against, though. This battle of Ohio was in Cincinnati the last two nights, and now heads north to Cleveland. The Reds took the first meeting, 5-1, and then in an entertaining affair last night, with the Indians fending off a late furious charge from the Reds. Final score: 8-7 Cleveland. Get our free Reds vs. Indians pick for Wednesday night here at The Sports Geek.
Cincinnati Reds vs. Cleveland Indians Pick
Lisalverto Bonilla (0-2, 6.38 ERA) vs. Trevor Bauer (4-4, 6.65 ERA)
The Tribe had a 7-3 lead last night, which quickly dissolved to 7-7 in the bottom of the 7th. Cleveland responded with a run of their own in the top of the 8th to hang on to the lead for good. The Reds threatened in the bottom of the 9th, but the Indians kept the lead and win. The Cleveland bullpen does not blow many leads, they are 1st in the majors with an ERA of 1.95. The starting pitcher hasn’t been aiding them out much, though, as their rotation owns a collective 5.00 ERA.
Same story for the Reds, who’ve been getting some production out of their bullpen. However, the starters are getting torched. So torched that the Reds are last in the majors, 30th with an ERA of 5.81. Lisalverto Bonilla has been part of the problem, as he enters Wednesday with a 6.38 ERA.
He hadn’t pitched in the majors since 2014 with the Rangers, where he got three starts. The Reds are trying to revive his career, but good luck with that. This will be only his third start since 2014. He was hit hard against the Rockies in his last start, as he allowed 6 runs and 8 hits in 5.1 innings. Same story for his opponent, Trevor Bauer, who has faired not so well at home. He holds a 6.88 ERA and 1.47 WHIP at Progressive, and has yet to hold any team for less than 3 runs. I like the OVER but keep an eye on the weather before locking your pick in.
PICK: OVER 9.5 (-110)