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Cincinnati Reds vs. Cleveland Indians Preview and Predictions 06-12-2019 in MLB


The away team has enjoyed the better of play in the Ohio Cup since 2017, but the Cleveland Indians reversed that trend in this year's first matchup. After posting a 10-inning walk-off victory Tuesday night, the Indians will look to win three consecutive series for the first time this season when they wrap up a two-game set versus the visiting Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday afternoon.

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Rookie Oscar Mercado provided the decisive blow in the series opener with a bases-loaded single in the 10th to lift Cleveland to a 2-1 victory and extend his hitting streak to six games. Francisco Lindor, who was intentionally walked before Mercado's game-winner, collected a pair of hits and has reached base in all 18 career games against Cincinnati, batting .358 (29-for-81) in that span. A lack of offense continues to bedevil the Reds, who dropped to 2-6 in their last eight games and have scored a combined eight runs in the six losses. Rookie Nick Senzel drove in the lone run for Cincinnati with an RBI double and is 5-for-11 with three doubles over his past three games.

TV: 1:10 p.m. ET, MLB Network, FS Ohio (Cincinnati), SportsTime Ohio (Cleveland)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Reds RH Anthony DeSclafani (2-3, 4.70 ERA) vs. Indians RH Zach Plesac (1-1, 1.86)

DeSclafani has gone more than five weeks without a victory, stretching his winless drought to five starts last time out at St. Louis despite holding the Cardinals to one run and striking out seven over five innings. The 29-year-old was 0-2 over his previous four outings, giving up a combined 15 runs while failing to pitch beyond four innings in three of them. Carlos Santana has three doubles in six at-bats and Jason Kipnis is 3-for-9 against DeSclafani, who had a 1-1 record in 3.79 ERA in three starts versus Cleveland.

Plesac has provided a spark to the Indians' injury-ravaged rotation since he was promoted from the minors late last month and earned his first major league victory by limiting the New York Yankees to two runs over seven innings in his third career start. The nephew of former All-Star closer Dan Plesac, he also went seven innings in his previous turn but was a hard-luck loser after allowing one run and four hits at the Chicago White Sox. The 24-year-old is holding batters to a .209 average in his three starts.

WALK-OFFS

1. The Indians have won the last five matchups in the Ohio Cup.

2. Reds 1B Joey Votto has hit safely in four straight games and reached base in 24 of 25.

3. Santana homered Tuesday to extend his hitting streak to seven games.

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Last Injuries

Cleveland Indians

  • Dan Otero

    Shoulder
    Early July | 10-day IL

    Otero has been placed on the 10-day injured list with right shoulder inflammation. He is expected to return to action close to the beginning of July.

  • Mike Clevinger

    Ankle
    Prob Fri | 10-day IL

    Clevinger has landed on the 10-day injured list with a left ankle sprain. He is expected to be activated prior to Friday's game versus the Orioles.

  • Danny Salazar

    Shoulder
    Mid July | 60-day IL

    Salazar has been placed on the 60-day injured list while he recovers from arthroscopic right shoulder surgery. He suffered a setback in his recovery, and he is expected to remain away from the mound until sometime in July.

  • Bradley Zimmer

    Shoulder
    Early July | 60-day IL

    Zimmer has been transferred to the 60-day injured list while recuperating from labrum surgery on his right shoulder. He is likely to be activated toward the beginning of July.

  • Jake Bauers

    Ankle
    Ques Wed | questionable

    Bauers has sat out the past two games due to a left ankle sprain, and it is unknown if he will draw back into the lineup against the Royals on Wednesday.

  • Corey Kluber

    Forearm
    Mid Aug | 60-day IL

    Kluber has been transferred to the 60-day injured list with a non-displaced fracture of his right ulna bone and is expected to be sidelined until at least sometime in August.

  • Mike Clevinger

    Back
    Prob Mon | probable

    Clevinger has been activated from the 60-day injured list after healing from an upper-back and Teres major muscle strain, and he is likely to take the mound for his scheduled start Monday against the Rangers.

  • Jason Kipnis

    Hip
    Prob Fri | probable

    Kipnis has been absent from the lineup for the past two games with tightness in his right hip but is expected to start on Friday against the Tigers.

Cincinnati Reds

  • Scooter Gennett

    Groin
    Ques Fri | 60-day IL

    Gennett has been transferred to the 60-day injured list with a severe right groin strain, and it is unclear if he will rejoin the team against the Cubs on Friday.

  • Nick Senzel

    Migraine
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Senzel was forced from the last game due to a migraine. It is unclear if he will be available for Saturday's contest versus the Brewers.

  • Wandy Peralta

    Hip Flexor
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Peralta has landed on the 10-day injured list due to a right hip flexor strain. There is no timetable for recovery.

  • Jose Iglesias

    Personal
    Prob Wed | probable

    Iglesias has been activated from the team's paternity and is expected to return the lineup versus the Astros on Wednesday.

  • Joey Votto

    Rest
    Ques Wed | questionable

    Votto is not expected to be in the starting lineup versus the Astros on Wednesday as he is likely to receive a day of rest.

  • Nick Senzel

    Face
    Prob Mon | probable

    Senzel missed the previous game after fouling a pitch off his foot and face, but he is expected to be in the lineup for Monday's contest versus the Astros.

  • Robert Stephenson

    Neck
    Ques Mon | 10-day IL

    Stephenson has landed on the 10-day injured list with a cervical strain, and it is unknown if he will be available for Monday's tilt against the Astros.

  • Joey Votto

    Back
    Prob fri | probable

    Votto left the previous game with stiffness in his mid-back but is likely to start Friday's contest against the Rangers.

cleveland-indians Stats 2019

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Matt Joyce 60 7 71 11 22 7 0 2 8 35 0 16 0 .310 .493 .410
Oscar Mercado 35 33 136 26 42 8 1 4 16 64 6 28 2 .309 .471 .361
Francisco Lindor 60 59 244 39 71 14 1 12 27 123 11 44 1 .291 .504 .353
Carlos Santana 78 78 279 55 81 15 1 18 48 152 3 53 0 .290 .545 .412
Mike Freeman 32 19 66 9 18 3 0 2 10 27 1 23 2 .273 .409 .380
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Brad Hand 36 0 103 50 2 24 2 1 9 0 0 1 8 508
Adam Cimber 34 0 85 18 1 24 4 1 12 0 0 0 10 419
Oliver Perez 34 0 71 29 2 22 3 1 10 0 0 3 3 367
Tyler Olson 30 0 67 20 0 26 2 2 10 0 0 2 10 369
Nick Wittgren 26 0 88 32 0 24 2 1 9 0 0 0 5 513
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Roberto Perez 56 54 0 22 11 3 0 0
Kevin Plawecki 32 25 0 12 4 1 0 1
Adam Cimber 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Adam Plutko 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Carlos Gonzalez 30 29 0 0 0 1 0 0

cincinnati-reds Stats 2019

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Jose Iglesias 70 67 242 31 72 11 2 5 30 102 2 38 3 .298 .421 .336
Nick Senzel 45 43 181 29 49 12 2 8 23 89 6 49 3 .271 .492 .328
Curt Casali 48 31 116 14 31 7 0 4 20 50 0 31 0 .267 .431 .344
Joey Votto 71 67 261 38 68 15 1 8 20 109 1 68 0 .261 .418 .358
Jesse Winker 71 59 227 36 57 10 1 12 25 105 0 44 1 .251 .463 .333
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Amir Garrett 38 0 100 49 1 25 3 1 7 0 0 6 17 560
Michael Lorenzen 36 0 121 39 0 39 5 1 16 0 0 1 12 623
David Hernandez 35 0 104 44 1 30 2 3 16 0 0 1 11 555
Jared Hughes 32 0 102 24 1 22 3 0 12 0 0 2 10 511
Raisel Iglesias 31 0 95 42 0 29 4 4 10 0 0 0 14 532
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Curt Casali 48 31 0 20 6 1 0 2
Tucker Barnhart 60 46 0 19 5 1 0 2
Connor Joe 8 5 0 0 0 0 1 0
Eugenio Suarez 77 73 0 0 0 9 0 0
Jesse Winker 71 59 0 0 0 1 4 0