Cincinnati Reds vs. Philadelphia Phillies Pick-Odds-Prediction - 6/8/14
Philadelphia Phillies (25-34) at Cincinnati Reds (27-32)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, June 8, 2014 at 1:10 pm (Great American Ball Park)
David Buchanan (R) (1-2) (6.112) vs. Homer Bailey (R) (6-3) (4.991)
The Line: Cincinnati Reds -147 / Philadelphia Phillies +137 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
The Philadelphia Phillies hope to end their series with the Cincinnati Reds on a positive note.
The Phillies are in desperate need of a long hot streak and some good fortune as well. The team has been struggling to score and get innings from their pitching and that has them sitting last in the National League East. The Phils fell to the Reds 6-5 with the work on the mound was a problem with Roberto Hernandez allowing four runs in four frames before Ethan Martin gave up two more which was pivitol. Jimmy Rollins and Marlon Byrd cracked two run bombs and Carlos Ruiz went solo but the power surge fell just short. The Phillies hand the ball to rookie David Buchanan to control the dangerous Cincinnati offense on Sunday. In three starts Buchanan is 1-2 with a 6.11 ERA in 17.2 innings.
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Cincinnati is in the same boat as their counterparts with a long hot streak needed where both the arms and bats contribute. Both had something to do with Satuday's win with starter Alfredo Simon giving up three runs over six frames with JJ Hoover serving up a two run homer to make things tense over the final three innings. The Reds managed six hits and five walks with long ball playing a big role with Jay Bruce smacking a two run homer and driving in three while Todd Frazier connected on a solo jack for his 13 long ball of 2014 and 4th in six contests. Cincinnati is scheduled to start Homer Bailey in the series finale' versus visiting Philadelphia on Sunday. Bailey is coming in off of a three game winning streak where he has posted a 3.79 ERA.
The Phillies have played the Reds well and have destroyed Bailey early in the year but I still give the Reds the edge on the mound over a rookie. I'm backing Cincinnati but the price tag is scary the way Philly has played them...