Cleveland Indians vs. Cincinnati Reds

Reds player swinging at ballWith the All-Star Game over and the 2nd half of the 2015 season ready to start this Friday the 17th of July 2015, one of the games on the schedule for the 1st day of the 2nd half is the Indians of Cleveland playing the Reds of Cincinnati at the Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio at 7:10 PM ET.

With this ball park in Cincinnati hosting the All-Star festival and activities it is now back to baseball for the Reds 39-47 who are the hosts to the Indians 42-46 to a 3 game series that starts this Friday. It appears both of these teams will be trying to regroup after some poor performances in the 1st half of the season.

If you Bet on MLB at the SBG sportsbook or similar offshore sites and are a fan of the Indians of Cleveland, you know their pitcher T. Bauer can be a funny guy, but when he’s pitching he’s a different serious person who goes into this 2nd half of the season with an ERA of 3.75 and a record of 8 wins and 5 losses. Starting in this game he will be seeking to end the Indians two game loss streak in Cincinnati.

The Reds pitcher in his last 2 outings he is 2-0 and in his 14 innings pitched in those 2 games he only allowed some 9 hits by the opponents and just 4 runs earned. The latest start he pitched some 8 innings giving 0 walks, with 6 hits and just 2 runs scored and struck out 9 batters as the Indians to a 4-2 victory over the Astros of Houston on the 8th of July 2015.

In this Friday game Bauer will seek the same performance he had back on the 24th of May 2015 against the Red as he only allowed them 5 hits and 1 run in his 7 inning performance. Then they also are seeking to bring back the strong offensive hitting game. In Bauer’s last 4 road games the Indians 3-1.

One of their slumping hitters has been J. Kipnis who in July to date was averaging .17 with only 4 RBI’s and not HR’s. In June he was hot at .358 with 17 RBI’s and 4 HR’s. The entire team also slumped in July 2015 to date hitting in 10 outings only .219.

For the betting fans of the Reds of Cincinnati, your team finished the 1st half of the 2015 MLB season with losing their last 2 games, and in this 1st game of the 2nd half your team sends M. Leake to the mound in this 3 game series. In his last outing Leake he was hot as he scorched the Marlins on the road as he pitched 8 innings scoreless with 10 strikeouts and allowing just 3 hits in the game in the 1-0 win over Miami. However, Leake has also struggled at home this 2015 as at their Great American Ball Park he has 2 wins and 3 losses with a 5.92 ERA in those games.

Amazingly the Reds star in the Home Run Derby T. Frazier actually had no HR’s in July and his average for July was only .287. Their hitting star for the last 5 games of the season was J. Bruce who average .422 with 8 hits in 19 at bats. The team for the 1st half averaged some 4.47 runs per game at home and that ranks them 3rd in the National League in the category!

The betting odds experts predict that the Indians of Cleveland will beat the Reds at home in this 1st game of the 3 game series 5-4.