Cody Anderson (0-3, 7.31 ERA) and John Lamb (0-0, 1.80 ERA) take the hill in the first of a two-game series between the Cleveland Indians (17-17) and the Cincinnati Reds (15-22) at Progressive Field. Action begins at 6:10 p.m. ET on Monday, May. 16 and can be seen on STOh and FSOH.
Anderson pitched 3.1 innings in his last outing, surrendering two runs and striking out four in a 5-3 defeat to the Astros. Jason Kipnis (.287, 20 Rs, 5 HRs, 17 RBIs, 3 SBs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run, one home run, and one RBI. Lamb went 4.0 innings, surrendering one run, striking out three and walking one in a 5-4 defeat to the Brewers in his most recent start. Adam Duvall (.286, 15 Rs, 6 HRs, 14 RBIs, 1 SB) has been successful at the plate for the Reds, going 3 for 4 yesterday with two runs, one RBI, and one stolen base.
The odds for Cleveland and Cincinnati are Indians -145, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 8.5.
Predictions: SU Winner - CLE
Cincinnati has won 41% (7-10) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Cleveland has won 50% (6-6) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Reds managed to give up seven walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Indians who are heading in with a 2-0 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Indians are 10-5. The Reds have a 10-4 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 23rd, Cleveland is near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 143 this season. Cincinnati ranks in the bottom half at 19th with 153.
Cleveland and Cincinnati both rank near the bottom of the league in walks. Cleveland sits at 25th with 102 this season and Cincinnati ranks 28th with 90.
The Indians are 9-11 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Reds are 12-11 when they hit at least one homer.