Betting Pick: Cincinnati Reds vs. Cleveland Indians

Betting Pick: Cincinnati Reds vs. Cleveland Indians

The Cincinnati Reds close out a two-game pit stop at Progressive Field against the Cleveland Indians in Wednesday’s interleague MLB action. Since defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates, the struggling Reds dropped a three-game series to the Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies. Meanwhile, the Indians are soaring with monumental wins over the New York Yankees and Minnesota Twins. Zach Plesac will try to keep the momentum going when he starts on the mound for the Indians against Minnesota’s Anthony DeSclafani.

DeSclafani gets the start on Wednesday afternoon for his 13th game of the season. He’ll step on the mound with a 4.70 ERA and a 2-3 record. In his recent showing against the Cardinals, he only gave up one earned run in five innings on the mound, which was a huge improvement over the four runs he gave up in three straight games against the San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs.

Few expected the Twins to push the Indians in the AL Central division this season. Not only are they pushing the Indians, but they are blowing them and the rest of the division away with a surprisingly spectacular year. Meanwhile, the Indians sit in second place dealing with more questions than answers. When will Corey Kluber return? What about Mike Clevinger and Carlos Carrasco?

They’ll be forced to go with inexperience on Wednesday with Plesac being named the starter. The 24-year-old righty has played in only three games in the big leagues, but he did deliver solid showings in each of those performances. He most recently helped the Indians dust off the Yankees by holding their batting lineup to six hits and two earned runs, while striking out five batters in seven innings. In three appearances, his ERA currently sits at 1.86 with a 0.88 WHIP, which is a promising start for such a young player.

 

My free pick goes to Cleveland -130

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