Tim Adleman (1-1, 3.38 ERA) and Josh Tomlin (5-0, 3.82 ERA) start in the second of a two-game series between the Cincinnati Reds (15-25) and the Cleveland Indians (20-17) at the Great American Ball Park. The Indians won the last game 8-7, and Cleveland leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Thursday, May. 19 and can be seen on STOh and FSOH.
Adleman pitched 5.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering three runs, striking out three and walking two in a 4-3 defeat to the Phillies. Jay Bruce (.290, 22 Rs, 8 HRs, 27 RBIs, 2 SBs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 3 for 4 with three runs, two home runs, and two RBIs. Tomlin went 6.1 innings, surrendering four runs (one unearned), striking out four and walking two in a 7-6 win over the Twins in his most recent start. Jason Kipnis (.289, 23 Rs, 5 HRs, 21 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 5 yesterday with one run.
The odds for Cincinnati and Cleveland are Indians -145, while the Over/Under (O/U) is 8.5 as of now.
The Indians have the edge in the season series, 3-0.
Predictions: SU Winner - CLE
The Indians won their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Reds are 7-8. The Indians are 7-7 in close games this season.
When leading after seven innings, Cleveland is 9-6, while Cincinnati is 7-13.
The Cleveland batters brought in a solid 10 hits last game. Cincinnati has a record of 4-13 when their opponents get that many hits or more.
When they are outhit, the Reds are 4-19. The Indians have a 3-9 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 26th in home runs, Cleveland has hit 36 this season. Cincinnati ranks 15th with 43 home runs.
Ranking 27th, Cincinnati is near the bottom of the league in hits, notching 7.72 per game. Cleveland ranks in the top 10 with 8.95.
Ranking 24th, Cincinnati is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.697). Cleveland ranks in the bottom half at 17th with an OPS of .729.
The Indians are 12-13 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Reds are 11-22 when they allow at least one homer.