Cincinnati Reds (35-31) vs. San Diego Padres (38-32)
June 18, 2021 10:10 pm EDT
The Line: San Diego Padres -170 / Cincinnati Reds +157; Over/Under: +8
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The Cincinnati Reds and the San Diego Padres meet Friday in MLB action from Petco Park. This will be the second installment in a four-game series between these teams over the weekend. In the Thursday opener, the Padres took a win in a wild game. Check back all season long for free MLB picks at Sports Chat Place.
The Reds posted a sweep versus the Brewers this week, winning 10-2 Monday, 2-1 Tuesday and 2-1 Wednesday. In the Thursday game versus the Padres, Cincinnati had a 4-2 lead heading into the bottom of the ninth but lost in a crushing 6-4 result. Wade Miley lasted 7.0 innings with two earned on four hits.
For the starter job in the Friday game, the Reds will send out Tony Santillan. In his season debut on Sunday, Santillan posted 4.2 innings with one earned, five hits, four walks and five Ks against the Rockies.
Over on the Padres’ side, they were swept by the Rockies this week, losing 3-2 Monday, 8-4 Tuesday and 8-7 on Wednesday. In the Thursday matchup, San Diego found some late offensive life to power out the victory. Joe Musgrove posted 7.0 innings with no earned, four hits and three walks.
For the starter job in the Friday game, the Padres are sending out Chris Paddack. Across his 58.2 innings of work this year, Paddack has 55 hits, 32 runs (27 earned), nine homers allowed, 13 walks, 57 Ks and a 4.14 ERA.
The Reds are 4-0 in their last four in game two of a series and 16-5 in their last 21 Friday games. Cincinnati is 17-36 in their last 53 road games with the total at 9.0-10.5 and the over is 9-2 in their last 11 Friday games.
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Meanwhile, the Padres are 17-5 in their last 22 Friday games and 1-4 in their last five in game two of a series. The under is 4-1 in San Diego’s last five in game two of a series and the over is 16-6-1 in their last 23 with the total at 11.0 or higher.
PICK: I’m sticking with the Reds. Santillan did an admirable job filling in for the injured Sonny Gray, helping Cincinnati bag a Sunday win. As for Paddack, he kicked off the season rough but has a 3.31 ERA over his last seven outings since the beginning of May. I like Paddack to pitch well here as well, with the Reds offense helping them eke out a victory.