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Philadelphia Phillies vs. Cincinnati Reds - 4/9/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cincinnati Reds (2-6) at Philadelphia Phillies (3-5)

MLB Baseball: Monday, April 9, 2018 at 7:05 pm (Citizens Bank Park)

Cody Reed (0-0) (0.00) vs. Ben Lively (0-1) (3.17)

The Line: Philadelphia Phillies -130 / Cincinnati Reds +120 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-Ohio

The Cincinnati Reds visit Citizens Bank Park to face the Philadelphia Phillies in Monday MLB action.

The Cincinnati Reds entered Sunday looking for their first two game winning streak but both pitching and defense struggled in Sunday’s 5-0 loss at the Pittsburgh Pirates where Tyler Mahle allowed five runs on nine hits in 4.2 frames.

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Cincinnati Reds - 4/9/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Reds mustered only one hit with a pair of free passes with Mahle posting a base hit. Cincinnati sends Cody Reed to the hill at Philadelphia for his first start of the season. Reed appeared in 12 games in 2017 (one start) where he was 1-1 with a 5.09 ERA over 17.2 frames.

The Philadelphia Phillies couldn’t capitalize on Saturday’s beat down of the Marlins with a series ending 6-3 defeat. Philadelphia starter Jake Arrieta allowed three runs (two earned) over four frames with Luis Castillo giving up two runs in the 8th for the loss. 

The Phillies were held to seven hits and four walks with Rhys Hoskins, Carlos Santana and Nick Williams driving in runs. Ben Lively has been tabbed as the starter for Philadelphia versus visiting Philadelphia on Monday. Lively comes off of a 2-0 loss at the Mets with both runs plated over 5.2 innings.

Cincinnati  are 4-15 in their last 19 overall and Cincinnati are 4-15 in their last 19 games on grass and Cincinnati are 23-49 in their last 72 road games. Philadelphia  are 6-1 in their last 7 home games and Philadelphia are 18-37 in their last 55 Monday games and Philadelphia are 29-60 in their last 89 vs. National League Central. 

If Lively can come close to matching his performance the first time out I like him. Of course the bats and base running has to help out…

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