Cincinnati Reds vs Cleveland Guardians Picks and Predictions June 12th 2024

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Cincinnati Reds
ML: -110
Cleveland Guardians
ML: -110

Stay Hot and Win: Steven Kwan and the Guardians Aim High vs. Reds

Steven Kwan and the Cleveland Guardians are riding a wave of success as they face off against the Cincinnati Reds. With Kwan’s recent hot streak and key defensive plays from Tyler Freeman, the Guardians are set to clinch another Ohio Cup. Here’s a detailed look at their recent performances and what to expect in the concluding game of this brief series.

Steven Kwan’s Impactful Return

Since rejoining the lineup on May 31, Steven Kwan has been nothing short of spectacular. Over his last seven games, Kwan boasts a remarkable 13-for-25 record, including one home run, five RBIs, and ten runs scored. In Tuesday’s 5-3 victory over the Reds, Kwan went 3-for-4 with two doubles, proving pivotal in the Guardians’ success.

“I definitely missed playing, but since I came back, I’m sticking to a plan and a little bit of luck,” Kwan said. “We have great technology and a great scouting report in Cleveland. I’m trying to get the mental AB. Things are obviously clicking right now, but tomorrow is another day.”

Defensive Highlights by Tyler Freeman

Center fielder Tyler Freeman played a crucial role in Tuesday’s win with two spectacular catches in the first inning. Freeman’s defensive prowess robbed Spencer Steer of a potential extra-base hit and Jake Fraley of a home run in back-to-back plays.

“I thought Freeman’s first catch was unbelievable, fighting the sun and getting back there,” Cleveland manager Stephen Vogt said. “Any time you rob a homer, it’s sick. Those were huge plays there. It could have gone a lot different if he didn’t make those plays there. He keeps getting better and better.”

Guardians’ Dominance in the AL Central

Cleveland currently sits atop the American League Central, having won three consecutive games and 19 of their last 25. Securing a victory on Wednesday would guarantee the Guardians their 10th straight Ohio Cup, a testament to their dominance in this regional rivalry.

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Key Pitching Matchup: Bibee vs. Lodolo

Tanner Bibee (Guardians):

  • Season Record: 4-1
  • ERA: 3.73
  • Recent Performance: 2-0 with a 2.12 ERA over his last five starts
  • Notes: Bibee will make his 14th start of the season and first career start against the Reds.

Nick Lodolo (Reds):

  • Season Record: 6-2
  • ERA: 2.92
  • Recent Performance: Allowed just one run and four hits over six innings in his last start
  • Notes: Lodolo will make his 10th start of the season and second career start against the Guardians.

Injury Scare and Safety in Baseball

The Reds narrowly avoided a serious injury at the end of Tuesday’s game when rookie outfielder Blake Dunn was hit in the head by a 101 mph fastball from Cleveland closer Emmanuel Clase. Dunn’s helmet absorbed the impact, preventing major injury.

“Of course, it’s scary. He’s fine,” Cincinnati manager David Bell said. “So that’s the main thing that matters, but it’s part of the game.”

“You just kind of see the ball coming in and luckily I was able to turn my head away from it so that it didn’t like catch an eye or a cheek bone or anything like that,” Dunn said. “It caught my helmet pretty good, cracked it, but I mean pretty solid helmet to be able to keep me out there. I’m good. I feel fine. Feel normal.”


With Steven Kwan’s outstanding performance since his return, Tyler Freeman’s defensive excellence, and the Guardians’ strong team dynamics, Cleveland is poised to clinch the Ohio Cup once again. The upcoming pitching duel between Tanner Bibee and Nick Lodolo adds an extra layer of excitement to this already thrilling series. As the Guardians aim to extend their winning streak, fans can look forward to a high-stakes conclusion to this regional rivalry.

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O 8
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