Cincinnati Reds vs. Cleveland Indians
MLB Betting Prediction: Cleveland -145 odds (May 16th 2016)
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Cincinnati has lost 13 of its last 14 games at Cleveland…My free play is on the Cle Indians at 6:10 ET.
The battle of Ohio kicks off at 6:10 ET when the Cincinnati Reds visit the Cleveland Indians for the first of a four-game, home-and-home series. The intrastate rivals will play two in Cleveland before heading to Cincinnati for two more on Wednesday to complete the interleague series. The Indians have dropped back-to-back series and are coming off two straight losses to the struggling Minnesota Twins (10-26) in which they totaled just four runs. Cleveland went 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position and left nine men on base in Sunday’s 5-1 loss. The Reds snapped a three-game slide with a 9-4 victory at Philadelphia, upping their road record to 3-12 (tied with the Twins, who are 4-16, as a MLB-worst).
The Indians will hand the ball to Cody Anderson (0-3, 7.31 ERA), who was sent down to the minors after going 0-1 with a 7.65 ERA in his first four starts. He returned to “the bigs”and lost his first start back (7-0 vs KC on May 5), before also losing in relief Wednesday by allowing Marwin Gonzalez’s winning two-run homer over 3.1 innings in a 5-3, 16-inning loss at Houston. It’s HARDLY good news that the Indians have lost all six games he has appeared in (0-5 in starts). “Whenever you are going through things like this, you’ve just got to focus on keeping the ball down and trusting your defense and not try to do too much,” Anderson said. He is 0-2 with a 5.49 ERA in four career interleague starts entering his first-ever start vs the Reds.
As for the Reds, they will give the ball to John Lamb (0-0, 1.80 ERA), who was removed from a start against Milwaukee on May 8 with a bruised thumb and got some extra time to rest due to a rainout during the week. The 25-year-old has allowed a total of only two runs on eight hits in 10 innings over two starts while striking out seven. Lamb, who made his major-league debut after arriving in a trade last summer from Kansas City, has never faced an American League opponent and will be making just his third start of 2016 after being activated earlier this month following back surgery.
It’s hard to make a strong case for Anderson but consider the following. The Reds have lost 10 of Lamb’s 12 career starts (Lamb has posted a 5.13 ERA in them) plus Cincinnati has lost 13 of its last 14 games at Cleveland. Home team is the play.