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Indians vs Reds Baseball Game Preview

Cleveland IndiansCincinnati Reds
July 3, 1:10 PM | GrassGreat American Ball Park

Cleveland Indians vs Cincinnati Reds Odds

44-37TEAM RECORD42-42

Cleveland travels to Cincinnati for inter-league play on Sunday, hoping to secure a victory over the Reds.

Mitch Talbot gets the ball in front of a hostile crowd for the Indians on this day; he's 2-4 on the season. The Reds, meanwhile, will counter with Mike Leake, who will be looking to improve on his 7-3 mark.

View Cleveland vs Cincinnati Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're backing the visitors in this one, you'll find the Indians listed as underdogs of +-175 at most sportsbooks. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 9.5, depending on the book.

Power Rankings:
This game puts the Reds, most recently No. 5 in the National League Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings, up against the Indians, who rate an American League No. 12 in the latest survey.

How They Match Up:
On offense, it's a battle between Cincinnati and its National League No. 1-rated batting order, averaging 4.7 runs per nine innings, against the American League's No. 6 lineup of the Indians at 4.3 runs per outing.

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Cincinnati has the National League's No. 9-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Indians own the American League's No. 7 mark in runs allowed.

In their last action, Cleveland was a 3-1 winner on the road against the Reds. Bettors on Cleveland at +143 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (4) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well. Cleveland looks to continue its winning ways following a victory last time out against the Reds, a 3-1 final on Saturday in support of Fausto Carmona at Great American Ball Park.

Cleveland Indians Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 3-7
Before playing NY Yankees are 2-8
After playing Cincinnati are 7-3
After a win are 4-6

Cincinnati Reds Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 5-5
Before playing St. Louis are 6-4
After playing Cleveland are 4-6
After a loss are 7-3

A few Indians at Reds trends to consider:
Cleveland is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Cincinnati
Cleveland is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Cleveland is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Cleveland's last 15 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Cincinnati's last 9 games at home
Cincinnati is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games when playing at home against Cleveland
Cincinnati is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
Cincinnati is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Cleveland home to NY Yankees, Monday, July 4
Cincinnati at St. Louis, Monday, July 4