Cincinnati Reds vs Cleveland Indians Predictions, MLB Picks, Betting Tips 8/5/2020
Game: Cincinnati Reds vs Cleveland Indians
Date: Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Location: Progressive Field in Cleveland, OH
Odds/Point Spread: Reds (+115) Indians (-125)
Mike Moustakas and the Cincinnati Reds (5-5, 2nd in NL Central) head to Progressive Field on Wednesday where they'll take on the Cleveland Indians (5-6, 4th in AL Central). The line on this contest has the Reds priced at +115 and the Indians are at -125. The over/under is set at 8. The expected starting pitchers will be Luis Castillo and Mike Clevinger.
Key Cincinnati Reds Injuries
7/31/2020 Wade Miley SP Groin Expected to be out until at least Aug 7
7/31/2020 Matt Bowman RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Sep 4
7/28/2020 Robert Stephenson RP Back Expected to be out until at least Aug 7
Key Cleveland Indians Injuries
8/3/2020 Delino DeShields CF Illness Expected to be out until at least Aug 6
7/29/2020 Roberto Perez C Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Aug 11
7/25/2020 Tyler Naquin RF Toe Expected to be out until at least Aug 7
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Reds have a 5-5 overall record this season. Castillo has thrown 461 innings and is sitting with 506 K's so far in his career. His ERA is 3.71 (190 ER's allowed) and he has a career WHIP of 1.164. He has given up 375 base hits (7.3 hits per nine innings) and has 162 free passes. Castillo (28-28 career mark) is the owner of a FIP of 3.88 and he has gone up against 1,899 opposing batters in the majors. The bullpen has an earned run average of 6.23 and they have given up 28 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .203 against the bullpen and they've struck out 45 hitters and walked 11 batters. As a team, Cincinnati allows 7.1 hits per nine innings while striking out 12.6 batters per nine innings. They are 9th in the league in team earned run average at 3.6. The Reds pitchers collectively have given up 67 base hits and 34 earned runs. They have allowed 12 home runs this season, ranking them 14th in the league. Cincinnati as a pitching staff has walked 24 batters and struck out 119. They have walked 2.5 men per 9 innings while striking out 12.6 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.07 and their FIP as a unit is 3.24.
As a team Cincinnati is hitting .219, good for 21st in the league. The Reds hold a .421 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .331, which is good for 10th in baseball. They rank 23rd in MLB with 6.8 hits per game. Mike Moustakas is hitting .263 with an on-base percentage of .364. He has 5 hits this season in 19 at bats with 6 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .579 and an OPS+ of 157. Joey Votto is hitting .267 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .389. He has totaled 8 hits and he has driven in 7 men in 30 at bats. His OPS+ is 162 while his slugging percentage is at .567. The Reds have 68 hits, including 15 doubles and 16 home runs. Cincinnati has walked 43 times so far this season and they have struck out 78 times as a unit. They have left 64 men on base and have a team OPS of .752. They score 5 runs per contest and have scored a total of 50 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Thus far in his career, Clevinger has surrendered 412 base hits and he has 574 punchouts in 511 innings. He has allowed 184 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.193 and being the owner of a FIP of 3.6. He has a SO/W ratio of 2.90 and he has faced 2,089 opposing hitters during his career. Clevinger (41-22 record in his career) holds a 3.24 ERA while surrendering 7.3 hits per nine innings. The bullpen has an earned run average of 1.73 and they have given up 16 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .152 against the Indians bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 28 batters and walked 6 opposing hitters. As a team, Cleveland allows 6.4 hits per nine innings while striking out 11.3 batters per nine innings. They are 2nd in the league in team earned run average at 2.44. The Indians pitchers as a team have surrendered 68 base knocks and 26 earned runs this season. They have given up 13 home runs this year, which ranks 11th in Major League Baseball. Cleveland as a staff has walked 16 hitters and struck out 120 batters. They give up a walk 1.5 times per 9 innings while they strike out 11.3 per 9. Their team WHIP is 0.88 while their FIP as a staff is 3.05.
As a team, they are batting .190, good for 29th in the league. The Indians hold a .277 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .282, which is good for 25th in baseball. They rank 30th in MLB with 5.8 hits per contest. Francisco Lindor comes into this matchup batting .250 with an OBP of .283. He has 11 hits this year along with 8 RBI in 44 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .500 with an OPS+ of 113. Jose Ramirez is hitting .300 this season and he has an OBP of .391. He has collected 12 hits in 40 at bats while driving in 5 runs. He has an OPS+ of 147 and a slugging percentage of .500. The Indians as a unit have 64 base hits, including 8 doubles and 7 homers. Cleveland has walked 36 times this year and they have struck out on 99 occasions. They have had 64 men left on base and have an OPS of .558. They have scored 2.55 runs per game and totaled 28 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Reds/Indians MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Reds (+115)
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