Cincinnati Reds (81-77) at Cleveland Guardians (74-84)
Game Info: Wednesday, September 27th, 2023 at 6:10 p.m. EST ( Progressive Field)
Betting Odds: Guardians ML (-135) - Over/Under (7.5)
Pick: Guardians ML (-135)
Wednesday night takes us to Cleveland, Ohio with the Cincinnati Reds will be fighting for their playoff lives against their in-state rivals the Cleveland Guardians. It should be a quality match up with two very solid starting pitchers here on Wednesday night in the final home game of the season for Cleveland. Both of these teams will be looking to pick up a crucial victory as they look to gain bragging rights over one another before next season.
The Cincinnati Reds come into this game facing a must win situation after they have collapsed over the last couple of weeks. At this point in the season they have to win the remaining games on their schedule and get some help from other teams if they want to make one of the top three spots in the National League wildcard before the regular season finale on Sunday.
Even if Cincinnati misses out on the postseason this year, they have a bright future to look towards, as they have a bunch of young stars on their roster that can make this team a serious contender for years to come. They have put together a quality season after coming into the year with low expectations and they have surprised a lot of people in Major League Baseball throughout the year. Andrew Abbott will get the baseball for this game on Wednesday night against Cleveland and he will be looking to pick up a quality victory in this one.
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The Cleveland Guardians came into the season with plenty of expectations, but they have been a complete disappointment throughout the year. Despite playing in the worst division in all of baseball they have still not managed to put together a winning record, and they will miss out on the postseason despite finishing second in their division. This is also the final season for a long time manager Terry Francona, so it is unknown where the direction of this franchise, heading in the future at the moment. They will be looking to close out the regular season, with some solid performances, as they look to build momentum towards next season, with plenty of young stars on their roster and grizzled veterans as well.
The future is arguably, very bright for Cleveland as well as the chips will have to fall in place for them, but this is a team that could also be a potential contender for years to come alongside the Cincinnati Reds. Shane Bieber will make his final start of the regular season here in this one and it’ll be a second start back from the injured list after missing a good chunk of the season after he had a quality start of the year. He will be looking to pick up his sixth victory of the season in his regular season finale, as well as closeout Cleveland’s home slate with a quality performance here on Wednesday night against the Cincinnati Reds.
Betting trends to consider in this matchup:
- Cleveland is 41-39 at home this season
- Cleveland is 44-39 after a loss this season
- Cincinnati is 65-67 with no rest this season
I look for the Cleveland Guardians to pick up the victory in this game on Wednesday night against the Cincinnati Reds at home. This will be a very emotional night in Cleveland, as it is likely the final home game for legendary manager Terry Francona. I also expect Shane Bieber to out pitch Andrew Abbott in this game on Wednesday night and lead Cleveland to a victory to wrap up this series and retain the Ohio Cup in the battle of Ohio.
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