The Cincinnati Reds (41-45) will host the Cleveland Indians (49-38) for the final game of the first half at 1:10 PM. The Reds find themselves 4.5 games back in the NL Central and 4.0 games out of the second wild-card spot.

Starting Pitchers

Tyler Mahle has eerily similar numbers to yesterdays starter DeSclafani. Both pitchers have been very good outside of giving up a lot of home runs. Today will be a big start for Mahle as he battles Disco for the final rotation spot when/if Alex Wood returns to the rotation. Mahle’s only career start against the Indians came last season in Cleveland, and it was that ugly 19-4 loss: 2.1 IP, 6 H, 7 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 1 K.

Trevor Bauer has had a very inconsistent season for the Indians. He has several dominant starts, but also has a bunch of clunkers including his last start against the Royals. Bauer had the best FIP in the AL last season and could have come close to winning the Cy Young had he not missed a month on the DL. Bauer has a career 3.03 ERA in 6 starts against the Reds. The Reds have only been able to score 1 run off Bauer in 15.2 innings over the last two seasons.

Starting Lineups

Cincinnati Reds

  1. Nick Senzel – CF
  2. Joey Votto – 1B
  3. Eugenio Suarez – 3B
  4. Yasiel Puig – RF
  5. Jesse Winker – LF
  6. Jose Iglesias – SS
  7. Jose Peraza – 2B
  8. Kyle Farmer – C
  9. Tyler Mahle – SP

Cleveland Indians

  1. Francisco Lindor – SS
  2. Greg Allen – CF
  3. Carlos Santana – 1B
  4. Jason Kipnis – 2B
  5. Jose Ramirez – 3B
  6. Jake Bauers – LF
  7. Roberto Perez – C
  8. Tyler Naquin – RF
  9. Trevor Bauer – SP

News and notes

Conclusion 

The Reds could really use a win this afternoon to ensure they get to the second half within 5.0 games of the division. It’s been a roller-coaster first half, but that would really set the Reds up nicely for a possible run in the second half. The Reds have a fresh bullpen today with four off days coming, so I would expect David Bell to be aggressive going to them if needed. Go Reds!