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Reds at Padres - 7/29/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cincinnati Reds (40-61) at San Diego Padres (44-58)

MLB Baseball: Friday, July 29, 2016 at 10:40 pm (PETCO Park)

B Finnegan (5-8) (4.93) vs. E Jackson (1-1) (4.30)

The Line: San Diego Padres / Cincinnati Reds --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: FSSD

The Cincinnati Reds and San Diego Padres begin a three-game series late Friday night.

The Cincinnati Reds look to keep rolling after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Reds have scored 16 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last nine games. The Cincinnati Reds offense continues to produce, and they’ve won six of their last nine games when scoring more than three runs. Jay Bruce leads Cincinnati with 98 hits, Brandon Phillips has 36 RBI and Zack Cozart has 15 home runs. Brandon Finnegan gets the ball, and he’s 5-8 with a 4.93 ERA and 81 strikeouts this season. This will be Finnegan’s second career game against the Padres.

Reds at Padres - 7/29/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The San Diego Padres could use a win after losing seven of their last 10 games. The Padres have scored 16 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in five of their last seven games. The San Diego Padres offense has also heated up lately, and they’ve won six of their last eight games when scoring more than three runs. Matt Kemp leads San Diego with 105 hits, Wil Myers has 63 RBI and Alexei Ramirez has three home runs. Edwin Jackson takes the hill, and he’s 1-1 with a 4.30 ERA and 12 strikeouts this season. Jackson is 4-3 with a 3.99 ERA and 47 strikeouts in his career against the Reds.

The Reds are 4-1 in their last 5 games following an off day and 4-13 in Finnegans last 17 starts. The Padres are 5-2 in their last 7 games following an off day and 0-5 in their last 5 vs. National League Central. The Reds are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in San Diego and 3-11 in the last 14 meetings overall.

Not sure what's gotten into the Reds, but their offense is wide awake and they're putting up crooked numbers in the second half. Jackson has been solid in his two games since joining the Padres, but he's still a pitcher with just two starts under his belt since 2014. I'm going to back the Reds in this contest. 

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