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The Cleveland Indians will be squaring off against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. SportsTime Ohio will televise this interleague showdown and the game gets going at 7:10 p.m. ET.

Cleveland Indians vs. Cincinnati Reds Odds

Vegas has listed Cincinnati (+160) as the underdog to Cleveland (-170). Gamblers are able to bet on the game’s total with odds posted at -105 for over 9.5 runs and -115 for under 9.5. The game’s runline odds stand at -120 for picking the Indians -1.5 runs and +100 for the Reds +1.5.

The Indians have gone 68-51 SU this year and are 58-60 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 12.8 units for moneyline bettors and 8.3 units ATS. Cleveland has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the under has hit in four of those seven. The Reds, on the other hand, are 52-68 SU and 68-51 ATS. They’ve lost 4.6 units for moneyline bettors while earning 4.6 units ATS. Cincinnati has a 3-4 ATS record over its last seven games and the over has cashed in five of those seven.

Cincinnati games have had an over/under record of 63-52-4 in 2018. Indians games have gone over 60 times, gone under 54 times and pushed on four instances.

Shane Bieber will get the start for the visiting Indians. The right-handed Bieber is 6-2 with a 4.24 ERA and 66 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Reds this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.

The Reds are putting the ball in the right hand of Robert Stephenson (0-1, 6.75 ERA, 2.00 WHIP), who’s got four punchouts and five walks this season. Stephenson did not record a start against the Indians in 2017.

Cleveland’s pitching staff allowed 4.1 runs per game and its starters own a 3.31 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 9.40 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 4.93, along with a K-per-9 of 8.80.

Indians hitters have slashed .260/.333/.442 on their way to 5.1 runs scored per game this year, including 5.6 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 6.0 per game over the team’s last five contests (4-1 SU).

Cleveland’s hitters have been paced by shortstop Francisco Lindor and third baseman Jose Ramirez, who’ve collectively swatted 65 home runs. Lindor is slashing .293/.373/.557 with 29 home runs, 74 RBIs, 102 runs and 19 steals, while Ramirez has a .305 average with 36 homers, 89 RBIs, 84 runs and 27 steals.

In the home-team dugout, Cincinnati’s pitching staff has given up 5.1 runs per game overall in 2018. The club’s starting pitching staff has an ERA of 5.26, a WHIP of 1.44 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 7.5. The bullpen has a 4.18 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 7.9 K/9.

Cincinnati’s hitters are putting up 4.5 runs per contest, including 2.8 per game over its last 10 games and 3.0 per game over their last five. The team’s hit .250/.326/.363 over its last five matchups and is 2-3 SU during that stretch.

The Reds’ offense has been led by second baseman Scooter Gennett and shortstop Jose Peraza. Gennett is slashing .304/.354/.482 with 18 home runs, 69 RBIs and 68 runs scored, while Peraza’s line is .283/.327/.385 with six homers, 39 RBIs, 62 runs and 18 stolen bases.

The Indians have lost 11.9 units and are 42-45 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has hit in 45 of those games, compared to 39 that’ve gone under against right-handed starting pitchers. On the other hand, the Reds have lost 10.1 units and are 48-40 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The over’s hit in 45 of those games, compared to 40 that’ve gone under.

Cleveland Indians vs. Cincinnati Reds Free Prediction

Predictions: SU Winner – Indians, ATS Winner – Indians, O/U – OVER

Betting Notes,

  • The over has cashed in three of Cleveland’s last seven games.
  • The Indians have won six of their last seven games SU.
  • Cincinnati has recorded 18.2 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 19.0 over its last five.
  • The Indians have hit 13 home runs in their last 10 games. The Reds have hit seven over their last 10.