Philadelphia Phillies vs. Cincinnati Reds MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 5/18/14
Cincinnati Reds (19-22) at Philadelphia Phillies (18-22)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 1:35 pm (Citizens Bank Park)
Tony Cingrani (L) (2-2) (3.341) vs. Cliff Lee (L) (3-4) (3.228)
The Line: Philadelphia Phillies -150 / Cincinnati Reds +140 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Ohio, CSN-Philadelphia
The Philadelphia Phillies and he Cincinnati Reds face off on Sunday in Philadelphia as they play the rubber match of their weekend series.
The Philadelphia Phillies have had a frustrating season and they took out a lot of that frustration on the Reds on Saturday. Cesar Hernandez and Dominic Brown each hit home runs and Carlos Ruiz, Marlon Byrd, and Cody Ashe each had two hits as the Phillies scored 12 runs on 13 hits. Starting pitcher Cole Hamels allowed three hits and a run while striking out 10 over 7.0 innings to get the win and go to 1-2 for the season. For Sunday’s game the Phillies start Cliff Lee who has lost his last two starts. For the season Lee has allowed 69 hits and 2 earned runs while striking out 58 over 61.1 innings for a 3-4 record and 3.23 ERA.
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The Cincinnati Reds appeared to have momentum after shutting out the Phillies on Friday but they were blasted after taking an early lead on Saturday. Zack Cozart, Todd Frazier, and Neftali Soto each had hits as the Reds scored one run on three hits. Starting pitcher Homer Bailey was shelled allowing seven hits and six runs while striking out two over 3.2 innings to take the loss. For Sunday’s game the Reds start Tony Cingrani who makes his return from the DL. For the season Cingrani has allowed 26 hits and 12 earned runs while striking out 32 over 32.1 innings for a 2-2 record and 3.34 ERA.
Philadelphia is 7-2 at home against a left-handed starter, 1-4 in their last five games, and 2-5 in Lee’s last seven starts. Cincinnati is 8-2 in game three of a series, 1-5 as a road underdog, and 4-1 in Cingrani’s last five starts following a team loss in their previous game. Cincinnati is 17-35 in the last 52 meetings of these two.
This is a tough call as Cingrani doesn’t allow much but the Reds bats aren’t doing much either and although it is just a lean the Phillies are my pick here.
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