Tribe turn to Bauer and his new-found control to start second half
The Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds both had players take part in All-Star week festivities. And while the Reds Todd Frazier was crowned HR Derby champ, the overall mood in Cincinnati is changes are coming. The Indians, however, are still somewhat in the race although it doesn’t feel like it at times. Trevor Bauer (8-5, 3.76) hopes to string together three in a row for the first time in his career against the Reds Mike Leake (6-5, 4.08).
After being a World Series pick by some, the Indians (42-46) have been inconsistent–following a five-game win streak with a three-game losing streak. Then a three-game win streak with the current two-game skid. The team doesn’t believe in the Sports Illustrated cover jinx, and now is the time to prove it.
The youth movement has made its way to Cleveland, and so far has had mixed results. The Tribe will have the service of Mike Aviles again, who returned from the family emergency list as Jose Ramirez was optioned back to Columbus.
The Reds (39-47) are sliding further out of contention in out of the toughest divisions in baseball, and it appears a fire sale of sorts may be in the immediate future. With several large contracts strapping them from making changes, several key players could be on their way out including fireballer Aroldis Chapman and starter Johnny Cueto.
For the time being the Reds will hope to ride the excitement of a successful All-Star weekend and Frazier’s derby crown for as long as they can. In two chances against Bauer, the Reds have managed only a .154 average against him.
First pitch is slated for 7:10 p.m. ET at the Great American Ballpark. SportsTime Ohio has the television coverage while WMMS 100.7 and WTAM 1100 will have the radio broadcast.
Here are the lineup’s for tonight’s game: