Cleveland Guardians first home Ohio Cup: vs. Cincinnati (May 17-18)
Like it has been in recent seasons, the Ohio Cup will pit the Cleveland Guardians and Cincinnati Reds against each other early in the season for both series. Cleveland will head down to the Ohio-Kentucky border on April 12-13 before the Reds make their way up to Lake Erie on May 17-18.
While it might not be as important as say a division series, the Ohio Cup is one series that sticks out each season. There’s only two professional sports that have teams in both Cleveland and Cincinnati. The MLB and the NFL. The Browns and Bengals are division rivals and play twice a year, accounting for about 12% of each team’s schedules.
Being that the baseball edition of the Ohio matchup is played during interleague, it takes a different meaning. With 162 games on the slate and just four against each other, the series accounts for only about 2.5% of the campaign. Despite that, it still feels like one of the more anticipated series of the season on both sides of the Ohio Cup.
With this marking the first Ohio Cup with the new moniker for Cleveland, it will have an extra level to it. For that reason, the fans should be in full force on May 17-18 at the corner of Carnegie and Ontario.