Danny Salazar (3-2, 1.90 ERA) takes the mound for the Cleveland Indians (18-17) as they meet Alfredo Simon (1-3, 8.67 ERA) and the Cincinnati Reds (15-23) in the second of a two-game series at Progressive Field. The Indians won the last game 15-6, and Cleveland leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 6:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May. 17 and will air on STOh and FSOH.
In his most recent outing, Salazar pitched 5.0 innings, giving up one run, striking out 10 and walking six in a 5-3 loss to the Astros. Mike Napoli (.244, 22 Rs, 7 HRs, 24 RBIs) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 3 with one run and two RBIs. The Reds were unsuccessful against the Pirates 5-4 the last time Simon pitched. He went 6.0 innings, allowing three runs, striking out three and walking two. Jay Bruce (.266, 19 Rs, 6 HRs, 25 RBIs, 2 SBs) has been hitting the ball well, going 2 for 4 yesterday with two RBIs.
The odds are Indians -225 for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is 8 at the moment.
The only other game between the two teams went Cleveland's way.
Predictions: SU Winner - CLE
For the seventh time this season, the Reds registered at least two errors in a game.
The Indians are coming into this matchup after a high-scoring game where they scored a whopping 15 runs. The Reds have a 0-2 record when opponents score that many runs or more.
When they are outhit, the Reds are 4-18. The Indians have a 3-9 record when opponents outhit them.
Cleveland ranks near the bottom of the league when it comes to home runs, hitting 33 this season. Cincinnati ranks in the bottom half at 16th with 40.
Ranking 27th, Cincinnati is near the bottom of the league in hits, notching 7.74 per game. Cleveland ranks in the top half at 12th with 8.69.
Ranking 21st, Cincinnati is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.703). Cleveland ranks in the bottom half at 19th with an OPS of .717.
The Reds are 11-21 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Indians are 11-13 when they allow at least one homer.