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Cincinnati Reds vs. San Diego Padres
MLB: Friday, April 19, 2019, Petco Park, San Diego, California, 10:10 PM ET
The Cincinnati Reds will face off against the San Diego Padres in the second game of a four-game series at Petco Park in San Diego, California, this Friday night. Anthony DeSclafani will get the ball for the Reds, while Matt Strahm will be on the other side for the Padres. The tip-off is set at 10:10 PM ET.
The Reds are struggling, sitting bottom of the NL Central
The Cincinnati Reds are playing in a poor form at the start of the season and are already pinned to the bottom of the NL Central standings. After a 5-3 victory to the Pittsburgh Pirates in the opening game of the season in front of the home audience, the Reds have recorded eight straight losses including a couple of sweeps to the Milwaukee Brewers and at the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Reds bounced back by sweeping Miami in three-game series at home, but they suffered another sweep in their most recent three-game series at the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Anthony DeSclafani will take the hill for the Reds tonight, and he’s 0-1 in three starts this season with a 7.43 ERA, 1.65 WHIP, 16 strikeouts, and seven walks in 13.1 innings of work, allowing 15 hits and 11 runs. The Reds are 0-7 in DeSclafani’s previous seven starts, while the right-hander is 27-29 in his career with a 4.31 ERA, a 1.31 WHIP, 406 strikeouts, and 127 walks in 469.1 innings of work. Eugenio Suarez is leading the way for the Reds’ bats with 13 hits, three home runs, seven RBIs, .250 batting average, and a .371 on-base percentage.
The Padres continue their battle for the NL West
The San Diego Padres have made a solid start on the season and are keeping the pace with the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West. The Padres have won 11 of their first 16 contests this term, but they’ve suffered a few losses lately including an 8-4 defeat at the Arizona Diamondbacks. San Diego’s offense is 23rd in the league with 3.6 runs on 7.3 hits per game while recording a .229 batting average (tied-21st in the league), a .300 on-base percentage (also tied-21st), 256 total bases (13th), and 68 RBIs (22nd).
Matt Strahm will take the mound for the Padres tonight, and he’s 0-2 in three starts this season with a 4.26 ERA, a 1.74 WHIP, eight strikeouts, and five walks in 12.2 innings of work, allowing 17 hits and seven runs. The Padres are 3-3 in Strahm’s previous six starts, while the left-hander is 7-13 in his career with a 3.03 ERA, a 1.21 WHIP, 144 strikeouts, and 59 walks in 130.2 innings of work. Wil Myers is leading the way for San Diego’s bats, recording 20 hits, five home runs, nine RBIs, a .317 batting average, and a .368 on-base percentage.
San Diego Padres:
- 11-4 in the last 15 home meetings with Cincinnati
- 14-2 in the last 16 matchups with Cincinnati when listed as favorites
- 3-17 in the last 20 games on the road
- 4-12 in the last 16 games overall
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Both Cincinnati and San Diego are struggling offensively, but the Padres are playing in a better form than the Reds in general. San Diego has been pretty successful against Cincinnati at Petco Park, and the Padres have dominated the Reds when listed as favorites, winning 14 of the last 16 head-to-head duels. Hereof, I’m backing San Diego to win the second game of the series with Cincinnati.
Prediction: San Diego Padres (-130)
Full-Game Total Pick
Considering the teams’ current form, we shouldn’t expect to see a high-scoring affair tonight even though the over has hit in then of the previous 11 meetings between Cincinnati and San Diego. The under is 7-3 in San Diego’s last ten outings at home, and it is 4-13 in Cincinnati’s previous 17 games overall. I’ve mentioned some poor offensive form on both sides, so I’m taking the under.
Prediction: Under 7.5 (-105)
Full-Game Prop Bet
I expect to see a much better performance by the Padres’ bats after a 4-1 loss last night, while the hosts will be looking to snap their four-game skid. The Padres couldn’t surpass a 2-run line in three straight outings at home, and I think the second game of the series with the Reds is an excellent opportunity for the hosts to finally find their offensive rhythm. Hereof, I’m backing San Diego to reach a 3-run line before Cincinnati.
Prediction: Race to Runs: San Diego Padres first to 3 (+110)
First Five Innings Side Pick
We saw three runs over the first five innings in the opener, all three scored by the Reds. Three of the Padres’ last four showings at home had four or fewer runs in the total over the first five innings, and it’s the same case with the Reds’ previous four outings on the road. Both Cincinnati and San Diego have been pretty inefficient thus far, so I’m backing the under.
Prediction: Under 4.5 (-125)