Cincinnati Reds vs San Diego Padres 6-1-2018

Cincinnati Reds vs San Diego Padres 6-1-2018

Cincinnati Reds (19-37) vs San Diego Padres (23-33)

Date : 06/01/2018
Time : 10:10 pm EST
Location : PetCo Park, San Diego, California

Pick, Prediction, & Preview:

Cincinnati Reds vs San Diego Padres

Game 1 of a 3-game set between the visiting Cincinnati Reds and the San Diego Padres will take place at PetCo Park in San Diego, California, on Friday night at 10:10 pm EST.  The Reds have struggled all year long and currently occupy the last place slot within the AL Central while the Padres have also struggled with inconsistency primarily at the offensive end, thus explaining their last place ranking within the NL West division.  This will serve as the 1st meeting of the season amongst these two squads, however, the Padres have won 4 of the last 7 meetings while sweeping the Reds in their last meeting at PetCo Park on 6-12-2017.

Cincinnati Reds's Latest Performance :

The Reds have lost 4 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 1-4.  Recently, after losing a 4-game home set to the Chicago Cubs on 5-20-2018, the Reds would win a 3-game home set versus the Pittsburgh Pirates on 5-24-2018.  They would, however, follow this effort up by dropping a 3-game road set against the Colorado Rockies on 5-25-2018.  Furthermore, the Reds would continue their awful play in a 3-game road set versus the struggling Arizona Diamondbacks by losing the first 2 games of the series.

For the season, the Cincinnati Reds are averaging 4.04 runs per game (24th) with a team batting average of .244 (16th), 52 home runs (24th), along with 24 stolen bases (16th).  Their pitching staff has an ERA of 5.00 (27th) with 435 strikeouts (22nd), and 15 quality starts (29th).

Jesse Winker (.245 BA on 151 AB), Scooter Gennett (.345 BA on 206 AB), Tucker Barnhart (.261 BA on 157 AB), and Joey Votto (.287 BA on 195 AB) have been valuable to the offense this year.  Jose Peraza (.252 BA on 214 AB) has also been a pivotal piece in the offensive puzzle for the Reds.

Homer Bailey (1-7) has pitched 62 innings for the Reds while allowing 49 runs on 81 hits, 15 homers, 24 walks, and 38 strikeouts with an ERA of 6.68 while Tyler Mahle (3-6) has pitched 58.2 innings and has allowed 32 runs on 61 hits, 13 homers, 22 walks, and 56 strikeouts along with an ERA of 4.76.  Finally, Luis Castillo (4-5) has pitched 62 innings while allowing 40 runs on 65 hits, 12 home runs, 22 walks, and 65 strikeouts with an ERA of 5.49.

San Diego Padres's Latest Performance :

The Padres come into this matchup losers of 3 of their last 5 games to where the O/U has been 2-3.  Recently, the Padres won a 4-game road set versus the Pittsburgh Pirates on 5-20-2018.  The Padres, however, would come out flat in their following 3-game road series versus the Nationals and would suffer another series loss on 5-23-2018.  Furthermore, they would also drop a 3-game home set to division foe Los Angeles Dodgers on 5-27-2018.   The Padres would, however, tie their current 4-game home set against the Marlins by picking up a 9-5 win on 5-29-2018.

For the season, San Diego averages 3.77 runs per game (29th) with a team batting average of .228 (29th), 49 homers (26th) and 35 stolen bases on the year (8th).  Their pitching staff possesses an ERA of 4.26 (20th) with 485 strikeouts (8th) and 18 quality starts thus far (23rd).

Jose Pirela (.273 BA on 216 AB), Eric Hosmer (.266 BA on 199 AB), and Freddy Galvis (.236 BA on 199 AB) have been the few bright spots for this San Diego squad.

Tyson Ross (4-3) has pitched 65.2 innings while allowing 26 runs on 53 hits, 5 homers, 24 walks, and 68 strikeouts with an ERA of 3.29 has also been solid at the mound.  Clayton Richard (3-6) has been improving for the Padres this season and has pitched 67 innings while allowing 38 runs on 68 hits, 8 homers, 24 walks, and 56 strikeouts with an ERA of 4.97.

How Cincinnati Reds & San Diego Padres Matchup.

Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:

For the season, the Padres are 28-28 ATS while the O/U is 26-28-2.  On the other hand, the Reds are 28-28 ATS while the O/U is 24-30-2.

In-Depth Analysis of each team:

The Reds continue to struggle; However, the Padres have won 4 of their last 6 home games (6 of their last 11 games overall).  The pitcher for the Padres has not been determined, however, Tyler Mahle (3-6) will come to the mound for the Reds looking to receive his first win in his last 4 attempts.  He did not pitch very well in his last outing by going 5 innings while allowing 4 runs on 6 hits in a 6-5 road win versus the Colorado Rockies on 5-26-2018.  Mahle has struggled recently in allow at least 4 runs and 6 hits in his last 3 starts.

Against The Spread Selection: San Diego Padres

My reason for the pick :

With the way both teams are currently struggling, it can be difficult to choose the winner and loser in such a contest; However, I can say that the Padres have indeed played much better than the Reds lately.  As stated, the Padres have won 4 of their last 6 home games and are seeking to maintain their confidence from winning their last outing in game 2 versus the Marlins.  This will be Mahle’s first crack at the Padres lineup, so, it will be interesting to see how the hot and cold San Diego offense takes advantage of the glaring inconsistencies in the right-hander’s performance on the mound on Friday.

Betting trends for Cincinnati Reds:

  • Betting Trends for Cincinnati Reds

    • The Reds are 3-4 in last 7 road games
    • The Under is 6-2 in Reds last 8 games
    • The Under is 3-1 in Reds last 4 road games

Betting trends for San Diego Padres:

  • Betting Trends for San Diego Padres

    • The Padres are 2-5 in last 7 games
    • The Padres are 4-6 in last 10 home games
    • The Under is 4-2 in Padres last 6 games


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