The Guardians (74-84, 41-39 home) will host the Reds (81-77, 43-34 away) in game two of this interleague series. Starting for the Guardians is Shane Bieber, while the Reds are giving the ball to Andrew Abbott. Read on to see my pick for this showdown between Cleveland Guardians and Cincinnati Reds.
CINCINNATI REDS VS CLEVELAND GUARDIANS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Cincinnati Reds +110
This game will be played at Progressive Field at 6:10 ET on Wednesday, September 27th.
WHY BET THE CINCINNATI REDS:
- Over their last ten games as the favorite, the Guardians are just 3-7 (straight-up).
- The Reds head into the game having won two straight games.
- Shane Bieber has struggled of late, coming in with an ERA of 6.87 over his last five starts.
CINCINNATI REDS LOOK TO CONTINUE WINNING WAYS ON THE ROAD
Cincinnati head into today’s game seeking their 3rd straight win and are in 3rd place in the NL Central. On the road, Cincinnati is 43-34 and 38-43 at home. With an overall record of 81-77, the Reds have a series win percentage of 50% (22-22-6).
Andrew Abbott will take the mound for the Reds today, boasting an 8-5 record. He has made 20 appearances this season, posting an ERA of 3.70 and a K/9 rate of 10.01. Additionally, his FIP is 4.24 and his OBP is .301.
Andrew Abbott’s latest start against the Pirates resulted in a 7-5 loss for the Reds. He pitched 4 1/3 innings, giving up two runs and four hits.
For the season, the Reds’ offense is averaging 4.8 runs per game. Over their last ten games they have swung the bats well, sitting 6th in the league in scoring, with a total of 54 runs. Overall, Cincinnati’s team batting average is .247, putting them 12th in the MLB.
Spencer Steer has been a major contributor to the Reds’ offense this season. He currently holds a .269 batting average, and has driven in 84 runs while hitting 22 home runs.
WILL THE CLEVELAND GUARDIANS TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS AT HOME?
The Guardians head into today’s game looking to build on their above .500 record at home (41-39). Their overall record of 74-84 has them placed 3rd in the AL Central. Through 50 series, the Guardians are 20-25-5.
Cleveland Indians ace Shane Bieber has had a challenging season thus far, with an overall record of 5-6 and an ERA of 3.91. His ERA on the road is 4.76, while he has been slightly more successful at home with a 3.94 mark. Bieber’s WHIP for the season stands at 1.25, and opposing batters have managed to hit .245 against him, with a slugging percentage of .398.
Shane Bieber’s most recent start against the Orioles saw him surrender five runs on six hits in five innings. Despite not earning a win or a loss, the Guardians emerged victorious, 9-8.
So far this season, the Guardians’ has gone deep 121 times, placing them 26th in the league. Over Cleveland’s previous five games, they are 12th in runs scored, with their season average of 4.1 runs per game putting them 26th in the league. The Guardians’ overall team batting average stands at .249 along with an OBP of .312.
José Ramírez has been a major contributor to the Guardians’ offense in their last five games, leading the team in hits and batting .350. So far this season, he has posted a .281 average and driven in 80 runs.