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Cleveland Indians: Previewing the first series of the Ohio Cup

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Probable Pitchers

RHP Anthony DeSclafani (CIN) vs. RHP Mike Clevinger (CLE)

Anthony DeSclafani allowed three home runs in his last start. That has been the story of DeSclafani’s 2018 season. He returned from his UCL surgery to a rocky season. He has a 5.08 ERA with just 29 strikeouts in his six starts.

As for Mike Clevinger he didn’t pitch in the last run through the rotation, he earned the win working six innings allowing three runs in his last start. Clevinger has done a good job of working into deeper innings for the Indians and he’s one strikeout away from 100 and has lowered his walks. He has a 3.11 ERA this season but his WHIP is the only thing that seems to hold him back, partially to the walks he allows.

RHP Sal Romano (CIN) vs. Trevor Bauer (CLE)

Sal Romano is another Reds pitcher struggling this year. He’s actually declined since his rookie season. Blame it one the sophomore slump, but his rookie season was anything but memorable. This year Romano has an ERA of 5.40, almost a whole run higher than his rookie ERA.

Trevor Bauer is an All-Star ladies and gentlemen. He has the highest WAR among all pitchers at 4.5 and the lowest HR/9 innings at 0.37. In six of his last ten outings Bauer has had a double-digit strikeout game. Bauer is also fourth among pitchers in strikeouts with 156. He is absolutely worthy of his All-Stat nomination.

RHP Tyler Mahle (CIN) vs. RHP Carlos Carrasco (CLE)

Tyler Mahle is almost the exact opposite of what Romano has been for the Reds. He had a 2.70 ERA in his rookie year and while it is higher this year, his whip is down to 1.39. He’s 4-0 in his last seven stats with a 2.04 ERA. This is how you want to see a young pitcher progress if you’re the Cincinnati Reds.

Carlos Carrasco got a big win in his return from the DL. He worked 5.1 innings allowing three runs, but he had more than enough run-support to get the job done. We didn’t really know what to expect from Carrasco after he took a line-drive off his elbow a few weeks ago, but he showed it wasn’t gonna stop him. He’ll look to improve on that first outing since his return as he closes out this series for the Tribe.

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