Cleveland Guardians @ Cincinnati Reds 8/15/23 Free Pick, MLB Odds, MLB Predictions

Cleveland Guardians (57-62) at Cincinnati Reds (62-58)

Game Info: Tuesday, August 15th, 2023 at  6:40 p.m. EST (Great American Ball Park)

Betting Odds: Guardians ML (-110) - Over/Under (9.5)

Pick: Guardians ML (-110)

Tuesday night takes us to the Midwest and the city of Cincinnati. As these two Ohio teams face off against each other for the first time this season. As the Cleveland Guardians continue the road trip when they stop just north of Kentucky to Cincinnati to play the Reds for a couple of games. 

The Cleveland Guardians are having an up-and-down season and they will be looking to pick up their second consecutive victory of the year in the opening game of this quick two-game series against the Cincinnati Reds. Cleveland had plenty of expectations coming into the season after their magical run to an American League Central division title last season. They also came one game away from making the American League Championship Series as well. However, this year hasn’t been as magical for the Cleveland Guardians quite yet. They still have plenty of time to turn things around and it starts with a victory over their rivals in the opening game of this series on Tuesday night.

The young rookie Logan Allen will get the ball in the opening game of the series. He is the third rookie that Cleveland has called up this season, and all three of them have found great success during their first season in the major leagues. He comes into this game with five victories to his name on the season, and he will be looking to pick up his sixth victory of the year against a struggling Cincinnati Reds team here on the road on Tuesday night. Cleveland is coming off a frustrating weekend where they choked away two very winnable games to the Tampa Bay Rays. Had they not given away those first two games of the series they arguably would’ve swept Tampa Bay over the weekend and they would have plenty of momentum coming into the next two games of this series. 

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The Cincinnati Reds had a rough start to the season before a trio of young players stepped up to the plate and helped propel them into the playoff race in the National League. Elly de la Cruz, Christian Encarnacion-Strand, and Spencer Steer have all helped lead the Cincinnati team back to being a contender earlier than people would’ve expected. On the other side of the field guys like Graham Ashcraft and Andrew Abbott have had a solid time shutting down opposing lineups throughout the year. Hunter Greene is also on his way back to the rotation, which will only bolster Cincinnati’s playoff hopes down the final stretch of the year. 

Speaking of Graham Ashcraft, he will be taking the mound in the opening game of the series for the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night. He has been pitching well this season and he has no problem shutting down opposing lineups. Cleveland is a team that has struggled to hit the baseball on the road and they have struggled. Hitting the ball against solid starting pitching as well. However, it is worth noting that they did turn things around in their series against the Tampa Bay Rays. So it awaits to be seen if it was a fluke or a sign of things to come for the Cleveland Guardians. 

Betting trends to consider in this matchup:

- Cincinnati is 45-46 as an underdog this season

- Cincinnati is 29-31 at home this season

- Cleveland is 13-11 as a road favorite this season

After the way Cleveland performed over the weekend against the Tampa Bay Rays, I have to give them the edge in this one. As I look for them to pick up the victory over the Cincinnati Reds in the opening game of this quick two game series here on Tuesday night on the road in Cincinnati. I expect this to be a solid pitchers duel between Logan Allen and Graham Ashcraft but in the end, I have Cleveland grabbing the close victory over their rivals.

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