Philadelphia Phillies vs Cincinnati Reds Prediction, Pick and Preview, August 24 (8/24): MLB

Philadelphia Phillies vs Cincinnati Reds Prediction, Pick and Preview, August 24 (8/24): MLB

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Odds

Time 7:05 p.m. EST
Phillies money line -250
Phillies run line -1.5 (-115)
Reds money line +205
Reds run line +1.5 (-105)
Over / under 8.5

 

Key stats

  Philadelphia Phillies  Cincinnati Reds
Record 68-55 48-73
Home / road record 35-29 22-37
Last 10 record 4-6 4-6
Streak W2 L2
Over / under record 60-57-6 62-57-2
Runs / game 4.58 4.24
Runs allowed / game 4.03 5.17

 

Preview

The Cincinnati Reds and the Philadelphia Phillies will play the 3rd game of the series at the Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday. The Phillies took the win again 7-6 in the second game of the series. Nick Maton's pinch-hit single with one out in the bottom of the ninth gave the Phillies the victory.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

The Phillies get to this game with a 68-55 record and have won 3 of their last 4 games. The team is averaging 4.58 runs per game. They're batting for .252 AVG, 558 runs scored in 1036 hits and 156 home runs, ranking #8 in offense in the league behind the Toronto Blue Jays. Kyle Schwarber leads the team with 34 home runs and 71 RBI while Alec Bohm is batting for .288 avg.

Defensively they are allowing 4.03 runs per game and rank #10 in the league. Zack Wheeler leads the team with a 3.07 ERA, 148 strikeouts and 11 wins recorded for the Phillies.

Probable Pitcher:  Cristopher Sanchez (1-1, 3.80 ERA)

Sanchez will be on the mound in the 3rd game of the series for Philadelphia. With the home stretch of the regular season approaching, the Phillies will opt to give the starting rotation an extra day of rest, since Sanchez's spot start will push each member of the rotation back by a day. The southpaw's most recent start was on July 10 against the Cardinals, when he allowed two runs on two hits and one walk while striking out one over three innings.

Cincinnati Reds

The Reds get here with a 48-73 record and have lost 3 of their last 5 games. The team is averaging 4.24 runs. They're batting for .241 AVG, 509 runs scored in 954 hits and 113 home runs, ranking #19 in offense in the league behind the Arizona Dbacks. Kyle Farmer leads the team with 55 RBI, 6 home runs and batting for .269 AVG.

Defensively they are allowing 5.17 runs per game and rank #28 in the league. Tyler Mahle leads the pitching staff with a 4.40 ERA, 114 strikeouts and 5 wins recorded with the Reds.

Probable Pitcher:  T.J. Zeuch (0-2, 13.50 ERA)

Zeuch will be on the mound in the 3rd game of the series for the Reds. Three days after being sent down, Zeuch is back with the Reds as a replacement on the 26-man active roster for Graham Ashcraft (biceps), who was placed on the 15-day injured list. Zeuch struggled mightily over his two starts with Cincinnati earlier this month, going four innings both times while posting a 13.50 ERA and 2.50 WHIP. He has allowed 6 runs on 11 hits with 1 walk and a strikeout in 4 innings versus the Phillies in his career. He has been charged with the loss.

BETTING TRENDS

The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Cincinnati's last 10 games when playing on the road against Philadelphia.

Cincinnati are 1-8 SU in their last 9 games against an opponent in the National League East Division division.

Philadelphia Phillies are 13-7 SU in their last 20 games.

The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Philadelphia's last 20 games against Cincinnati.

Philadelphia Phillies are 10-4 SU in their last 14 games at home.

Prediction

The Phillies offense has been hot lately averaging 6.3 runs per game in the last 3 games and they will most likely continue like that as they'll face TJ Zeuch who has been destroyed in his 2 starts this season including the one against the Phillies. Cristopher Sanchez will start for the Phillies who's having a decent performance this season and will give trouble to the Reds who are 15-22 against left handed pitchers. Go with the Phillies for the sweep.

PICK: Phillies -1.5 (-115) 

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