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


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

  • Jason Kipnis

    Wrist
    Late Oct | out

    Kipnis is sidelined due to a fractured hamate bone in his right wrist. He is expected to miss four to six weeks.

  • Franmil Reyes

    Personal
    Prob Thurs | probable

    Reyes has been absent from the lineup during the last two games due to a personal matter but is expected to suit up Thursday against the Tigers.

  • Cameron Maybin

    Wrist
    Prob Thurs | probable

    Maybin sat out the previous game with lingering soreness in his left wrist, but it is expected that he will be available Thursday against the Angels.

  • Tyler Olson

    Illness
    out for season | 10-day IL

    Olson is on the 10-day injured list due to case of shingles, and he is projected to be out for the remainder of the season.

  • Corey Kluber

    Forearm
    out for season | 60-day IL

    Kluber has been transferred to the 60-day injured list with a non-displaced fracture of his right ulna bone. He has suffered an oblique strain during his rehab and is expected to miss the remainder of the season.

  • Cameron Maybin

    Wrist
    day-to-day | questionable

    Maybin has an ongoing left wrist soreness and will not be available Sunday against the Red Sox.

  • Jefry Rodriguez

    Shoulder
    Ques Sat | 60-day IL

    Rodriguez has been reinstated from the 60-day injured list after a recovering from a right shoulder strain, but it is unclear if he will rejoin the team for Saturday's game against the Twins.

Cincinnati Reds

  • Jesse Winker

    Neck
    Early Oct | 10-day IL

    Winker is expected to be out until at least the beginning of October while on the 10-day injured list with a cervical strain.

  • Freddy Galvis

    Knee
    Out indefinitely | out

    Galvis is sidelined due to knee soreness, and it is unknown when he will return to the lineup.

  • Jose Iglesias

    Back
    Prob Wed | probable

    Iglesias is expected to suit up against the Cubs on Wednesday despite discomfort in his lower back.

  • Jose Iglesias

    Back
    Doub Tues | doubtful

    Iglesias is not expected to be in the starting lineup versus the Cubs on Tuesday due to a back tightness.

  • Joey Votto

    Illness
    Prob Tues | probable

    Votto sat out the last game due to an illness, but it is expected that he will face the Cubs on Tuesday.

  • Josh VanMeter

    Personal
    Prob Tues | probable

    VanMeter left the last game due to a family medical emergency but will be available for Tuesday's contest versus the Cubs.

  • Nick Senzel

    Shoulder
    out for season | out

    Senzel sustained a season-ending torn labrum in his right shoulder.

  • Joey Votto

    Rest
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Votto is unlikely to participate in Sunday's game due to a day of rest.

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 122 36 186 31 56 10 0 7 23 87 0 43 0 .301 .468 .414
Francisco Lindor 135 134 567 96 166 39 2 31 71 302 21 88 5 .293 .533 .345
Tyler Naquin 89 77 274 34 79 19 0 10 34 128 4 66 2 .288 .467 .325
Carlos Santana 151 151 550 106 156 29 1 34 92 289 4 100 0 .284 .525 .399
Oscar Mercado 107 98 409 66 115 25 3 12 46 182 15 76 4 .281 .445 .330
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
Adam Cimber 65 0 167 40 4 52 5 2 27 0 0 0 19 771
Oliver Perez 64 0 119 46 3 35 4 2 17 0 0 3 12 625
Brad Hand 59 0 169 81 4 53 6 5 21 0 0 2 18 933
Nick Wittgren 52 0 165 57 0 44 9 1 20 0 0 0 15 931
Tyler Clippard 52 3 185 64 7 37 7 0 19 0 0 1 14 921
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Roberto Perez 114 110 0 29 18 3 0 0
Kevin Plawecki 56 44 0 18 7 2 0 1
Tim Federowicz 28 22 2 10 3 4 0 2
Aaron Civale 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0
Adam Cimber 3 0 0 0 0 2 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
Yasiel Puig 43 43 163 22 49 12 1 2 20 69 4 39 2 .301 .423 .378
Jose Iglesias 139 129 478 59 137 19 3 11 54 195 6 68 6 .287 .408 .313
Phillip Ervin 87 44 207 25 58 8 7 7 21 101 4 59 3 .280 .488 .338
Eugenio Suarez 151 145 551 86 150 21 2 48 102 319 3 181 2 .272 .579 .353
Jesse Winker 113 87 338 51 91 17 2 16 38 160 0 60 2 .269 .473 .357
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
Michael Lorenzen 70 0 238 81 1 67 9 1 29 0 0 5 28 1277
Amir Garrett 65 0 160 75 4 42 7 1 21 0 0 7 33 934
Raisel Iglesias 65 0 193 86 2 59 11 4 29 0 0 0 21 1097
Robert Stephenson 54 0 185 79 0 42 9 4 30 0 0 6 24 985
David Hernandez 47 0 128 53 1 53 7 3 39 0 0 2 20 787
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Tucker Barnhart 106 82 0 40 11 2 0 4
Curt Casali 77 54 0 33 9 2 0 2
Kyle Farmer 90 32 0 6 2 3 0 0
Juan Graterol 6 5 0 2 0 0 0 1
Alex Blandino 15 8 0 0 0 1 0 0