Brandon Finnegan (1-2, 4.40 ERA) and the Cincinnati Reds (15-24) meet Mike Clevinger (0-0, 0.00 ERA) and the Cleveland Indians (19-17) in the first of a two-game interleague series at the Great American Ball Park. The game gets underway at 7:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, May. 18 and will air on STOh and FSOH.
In his most recent outing, Finnegan pitched 4.0 innings, giving up three runs, striking out four and walking five in a 3-2 loss to the Phillies. Jay Bruce (.276, 19 Rs, 6 HRs, 25 RBIs, 2 SBs) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 3. This is the first opportunity for Clevinger to take the mound this season. Mike Napoli (.252, 23 Rs, 7 HRs, 26 RBIs) has been doing well offensively for the Indians, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run and two RBIs.
As of early this morning, no line had been posted for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) was unavailable.
The previous two games have all gone Cleveland's way.
Predictions: SU Winner - CLE
In their last game, the Indians won by a margin of 12 runs. The Reds are 0-3 in games decided by a margin of 10 runs or more. The Indians have a 1-0 record in blowouts.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Reds are going to have to step it up if they want to win this matchup. The Indians have a 9-0 record in games where opponents scored one run or less.
It looks like the Indians have a slight leg up on the Reds, as the Indians have won their last two games while the Reds have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Indians are 12-5. The Reds have a 10-4 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 19th in runs, Cincinnati has earned 160 this season. Cleveland ranks 14th with 171 runs.
Ranking 29th, Cincinnati is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 94 this season. Cleveland ranks in the bottom half at 16th with 117.
When the Reds hit at least one home run, they are 12-12. When the Indians hit at least one homer, they have a 10-11 record.