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.
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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Key Players to Watch
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- WristLate Oct | out
Kipnis is sidelined due to a fractured hamate bone in his right wrist. He is expected to miss four to six weeks.
- PersonalProb 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.
- WristProb 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.
- Illnessout 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.
- Forearmout 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.
- Wristday-to-day | questionable
Maybin has an ongoing left wrist soreness and will not be available Sunday against the Red Sox.
- ShoulderQues 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.
- NeckEarly 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.
- KneeOut indefinitely | out
Galvis is sidelined due to knee soreness, and it is unknown when he will return to the lineup.
- BackProb Wed | probable
Iglesias is expected to suit up against the Cubs on Wednesday despite discomfort in his lower back.
- BackDoub Tues | doubtful
Iglesias is not expected to be in the starting lineup versus the Cubs on Tuesday due to a back tightness.
- IllnessProb Tues | probable
Votto sat out the last game due to an illness, but it is expected that he will face the Cubs on Tuesday.
- PersonalProb Tues | probable
VanMeter left the last game due to a family medical emergency but will be available for Tuesday's contest versus the Cubs.
- Shoulderout for season | out
Senzel sustained a season-ending torn labrum in his right shoulder.
- RestQues Sun | questionable
Votto is unlikely to participate in Sunday's game due to a day of rest.
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