Kluber hoping for support from the Indians’ offense
The home team has dominated the series recently between the Cleveland Indians and the Cincinnati Reds. And the offense hasn’t exactly rallied behind starter Corey Kluber (4-10, 3.38). So something’s gotta give in the second game of this series if the Tribe are going to beat Anthony DeSclafini (5-6, 3.65) and the Reds at Great American Ballpark.
The Indians (42-47) find themselves again in an offensive funk, and that can’t have Kluber all that excited. He’s getting a league-worst 2.30 runs per game of qualified pitchers and has already surpassed his loss total from last year. It’s not that he’s pitching poorly, but getting almost three runs less of support per outing compared to last season.
While Kluber can’t control what the offense does, he’ll need to shut down Jay Bruce for the Reds (40-47). He’s batting .348 in his last 24 games and is 4-for-7 against Kluber lifetime. Some of the Reds may be “auditioning” with trade rumors swirling as the deadline approaches with an unsure future ahead for them.
Reds’ starter DeSclafini comes off of a little extra rest after missing his last start with tightness in his glute. He’s winless in his last five starts.
Kluber shouldn’t need much support though, as he’s 2-0 with a 1.17 ERA in two starts against the Reds.
First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. ET at Great American Ballpark.
Here are the lineups for tonight’s game: