Cincinnati Reds vs. San Diego Padres - 9/8/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
San Diego Padres (56-86) at Cincinnati Reds (59-82)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 4:10 pm (Great American Ball Park)
R Erlin (3-5) (3.77) vs. M Harvey (6-8) (4.95)
The Line: Cincinnati Reds -125 / San Diego Padres +115 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Ohio, FS- San Diego
The San Diego Padres continue their visit with the Cincinnati Reds in Saturday MLB.
The San Diego Padres would like nothing more then to finish 2018 on a hot streak but the team needs both the arms and bats to step up. San Diego has averaged 3.81 runs on a .234 BA which are at the bottom of the rankings while 138 homers (#24) and 82 steals (#9) says the offense has speed but lacks power.
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The Padres pitching has not been strong enough to overcome a lack of run support with a 4.37 ERA. San Diego sports a 1.35 WHIP and has totaled 42 quality starts so the bullpen is called in to action early and often.
San Diego has tabbed Robbie Erlin as the starter at Cincinnati. Erlin suffered a 4-2 defeat to Colorado last time out with four runs allowed on seven hits over 5.1 frames.
The Cincinnati Reds are a team that is capable of winning against any competition but have been done in by a lack of consistency.
Cincinnati hits the ball well at .258 and average 4.46 runs to rank 15th. The Reds have hit 150 long balls and have stolen 65 bases so power and speed don’t stand out.
The Reds pitching has posted a high 4.76 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP along with just 40 quality starts which says too many runners on base and many score.
Cincinnati sends veteran Matt Harvey to the hill to oppose San Diego for the second time in 2018. Harvey dropped a 5-1 decision at Pittsburgh last time out with three runs plated in six innings.
San Diego are 1-7 in their last 8 Saturday games and are 2-6 in their last 8 road games and are 22-48 in their last 70 overall. Cincinnati are 5-2 in Harvey’s last 7 home starts and under is 5-2 in Harvey’s last 7 starts overall. Over is 7-1 in the last 8 meetings and San Diego are 19-9 in the last 28 meetings.
Harvey has been solid since coming to Cincinnati and I’m hoping he comes through on Saturday…