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The Cincinnati Reds and Los Angeles Angels will wrap up their quick two-game series on Wednesday night at 8:07 P.M ET. Tanner Roark will start for Cincinnati but as of now, the Angels haven’t announced their starting pitcher.
Reds Need to String Wins Together
The Reds stabilized last year after a miserable start, leading them to make a number of significant moves this offseason in hopes of competing for the postseason. So far, they’ve improved a great deal; they’re currently 36-40, a large leap from last year’s 32-46 mark on June 25th.
With that said, the National League is loaded and the playoffs are out of the question if they don’t go on a run soon. It’s definitely possible, seeing as they won six straight recently, three of which were against one of baseball’s best teams, the Houston Astros.
The Reds, right now, are four games back of the final National League Wild Card spot.
Over the last seven days, the offense for Cincinnati has been solid. They’ve managed a .260 batting average as a team, highlighted by .300-plus marks from five of their everyday players: Jesse Winkler (.368), Yasiel Puig (.364), Jose Iglesias (.350), Joey Votto (.333), and Nick Senzel (.316).
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) June 26, 2019
One of their significant moves from the offseason will be tasked with the start on Wednesday. Tanner Roark, a former Washington National, has a solid 3.47 ERA in 80-plus innings this year.
Halos Close to .500
Towards the end of April, the Los Angeles Angels lost nine games out of 10 to fall seven games below .500 (9–16). It’s been exactly two months since then and the Halos have scratched and clawed their way back up the American League standings. They currently sit at 39–40 after winning their most recent game, so when they hit their home field against Cincinnati, they’ll be aiming to get back to a .500 record.
It should be noted they may get back to .500 tonight in the opener of their series; they lead the Reds 4-1 at time of posting.
The Los Angeles Angels will need their offense to show up on Wednesday to support whoever gets tasked with starting. Spot-starting is a tough racket, so it’s clear that run-support is a must in this situation. Luckily, the Angels offense is rocking on all cylinders. During the month of June, an astonishing 11 different players have a batting average of .260 or better (minimum 18 AB), highlighted by Mike Trout (.358 BA, 9 HR) and Shohei Ohtani (.306 BA, 6 HR).
— MLB Stats (@MLBStats) June 18, 2019
As a unit, the Angels pitching staff has allowed a .256 BAA and 5.06 ERA in the month of June.
Los Angeles is:
- 1-3 in their last 4 games overall.
- 8-14 in their last 22 games vs. NL Central.
- 5-1 in their last 6 road games w/Roark starting.
- 4-0 in their last 4 interleague games.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Angels starting rotation is all sorts of banged up right now. Both Matt Harvey and Trevor Cahill, who have combined for 21 starts this year, are on the IL, leaving Wednesday’s starter up in the air. Even though they’re at home, spot-starting is a tough gig, but someone is going to have to do it for the Halos. That said, you don’t have to bet on them. In fact, I really like the other side. The Reds have been mashing lately, which doesn’t bode well for whoever gets the job.
Prediction: Cincinnati Reds
Full-Game Total Pick
Both the Reds and Halos are mashing right now, and the Halos have a spot-starter/reliever on the bump for them. That screams over to me, especially since Angels Stadium is super friendly to hitters.