|Written by Michael|
Bet on the MLBThis should be a great series, in a great ballpark, that just happens to be named The Great American Ballpark. Game one between the intra state rival Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds will commence with the first pitch being thrown at 7:10ET.
How much better can it get for the fans than having these two teams meet while holding identical 32-27 won/lost records and both contending for their respective division titles. The Indians are concluding a nine game road trip having taken four of six from Detroit and St.Louis. Over the weekend at Busch Stadium, the Indians took game one from the Cards on Friday, with the help of six shutout innings provided by pitcher Josh Tomlin in the 6-2 victory. Johnny Damon pitched in for Cleveland with a two run round tripper along the way.
On Saturday, all the Cardinals needed was those same two runs to emerge victorious, shutting out the Indians 2-0. Kyle Lohse pitched 7 and 2/3 of those scorless innings for St. Louis. Click here for all the Betroyal.com baseball news. The Indians rebounded in dramatic fashion in game three on Sunday when Jason Kipnis broke a 1-1 tie with a 3 run home run in the top of the ninth.
Cleveland trails the first place Chicago White Sox by just a half game in the American League Central, but are tied with them in the all important loss column. They are 5-5 in their last ten and have a very healthy 16-11 road record thus far this year. Cincinnati shares the National League Central lead with the Pittsburgh Pirates. They have struggled a bit of late posting a 4-6 mark in the last 10 contests. Their record at The Great American Ballpark is 17-13. The Reds dropped their last two over the weekend to Detroit.
Two righthanders take the mound tonight with Jeanmar Gomez of the Indians sporting an even 4 win, 4 loss record and earned run average of 4.97 opposing Johnny Cueto who is 6-3 with a nice ERA of 2.63. Cincinnati is a home www.betroyal.com odds favorite in tonights series opener at -$170, while the Indians are +$160. The over/under is 8.5 total runs on a $120/$100 moneyline.