Rain Could Spoil Reds-Indians Finale in Cleveland May 25

Willie Bee

Thursday, May 25, 2017 1:52 PM UTC

Thursday, May. 25, 2017 1:52 PM UTC

The Indians are once again big favorites on the MLB odds in their interleague series finale against the Reds on Thursday, but Mother Nature might prevent the game from being played in Cleveland.

MLB Season Record: 18-31 (-14.41)

Cleveland seemed to be building some good mojo with a road sweep in Houston last weekend, but that’s been interrupted by the pesky Cincinnati Reds. Now the Indians need a win Thursday just to gain a split in their home-&-home interleague series against the Ohio counterparts from the NL. Tonight’s tussle pits Georgetown against The Citadel on the mound as Tim Adelman climbs the bump for the Reds opposite Cleveland’s Mike Clevinger. BetOnline has the Tribe -195 with 9½ for the scoreboard target.

Thursday’s tilt completes the Buckeye State interleague rivalry for ‘17, the series moving to Cleveland on Wednesday when the Reds rallied in the ninth for a 4-3 win as +175 underdogs on the MLB odds. The Reds started the week by taking a 5-1 decision in Cincinnati on Monday with the Indians coming right back in an 8-7 slugfest Tuesday.


Both Hurlers Making 2nd Career Starts In Interleague Rivalry

Adelman hasn’t been much of a mystery this month, as his 7.56 ERA in May would indicate. Still, the bottom line is the Reds somehow found a way to win three of his four starts after they lost both of his assignments in April. His two road appearances have been unmitigated disasters as batters in St. Louis and San Francisco lit him up to score 10 runs (8 earned) in 6.1 combined innings. Adelman faced the Tribe once last season, never making it through the fourth of a game Cleveland won, 7-2.

Clevinger is coming off his best start of the season – and arguably the best of his young career – during the Tribe’s sweep in Houston last weekend. The 6-foot-4 righty held the Astros to two hits while striking out eight in seven innings. Walks were an issue his first two assignments, nine of them in 10 combined frames, but Clevinger only issued two free passes in holding Houston scoreless. He made his MLB debut against the Reds a little more than a year ago, pitching into the sixth but not figuring into the decision which Cleveland took in 12 innings.


Umpire Notes, Mother Nature & A Free Pick

Tim Timmons complete the umpire rotation after they moved with the teams in the series from Cincinnati to Cleveland. The Columbus, Ohio, native stands 6-2 ‘over’ on the campaign, and a bit unfriendly to home favorites who have cashed just once in four matchups. Timmons worked the plate in this series at Cincinnati a year ago, an 8-7 Indians win in 12; his two dish assignments in Cleveland last year also went ‘over.’

Rain dominates the Cleveland forecast for Thursday, the weatherman calling for a 90% chance this evening with temps in the upper 50s. Both managers have burned their top two relievers each of the last two nights, so it will be interesting to see who gets called from either bullpen late with the game on the line. I’m playing it ‘under’ for my free baseball pick.

MLB Free Pick: 'Under' 9 (-108)Best Line Offered: 5Dimes

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