Cincinnati Reds vs. San Diego Padres - 8/21/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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San Diego Padres at Cincinnati Reds
Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at 11:35 AM (Great American Ballpark)
Cincinnati Reds -140 / San Diego Padres +120 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The San Diego Padres and the Cincinnati Reds meet in the rubber match of their three game set in MLB action from Great American Ballpark on Wednesday afternoon.
The San Diego Padres will look to rebound and win the set after dropping game two on Tuesday by a final score of 3-2. Josh Naylor went 2 for 3 with a solo home run while Eric Hosmer went 2 for 4 as the Padres had just four hits as a team in the losing effort with the rest of the team batting 0 for 23 with 12 strikeouts. Cal Quantrill took the loss, falling to 6-4 on the year after allowing all three runs on five hits while striking out nine over six innings of work. The Padres didn’t have a starting pitcher announced at the time of posting.
The Cincinnati Reds will look to win the series after evening the set up at one win apiece following their game two victory on Tuesday. Freddy Galvis had a home run and two RBIs against his former team, while Aristides Aquino had an RBI to finish off Cincinnati’s scoring in the win. Josh VanMeter went 2 for 4 while Nick Senzel added a base knock to cap off the Reds’ offense as a team as Cincinnati had just five hits as a team in the winning effort. Sonny Gray got the win to improve to 9-6 on the year after giving up just one run on four hits while walking three and striking out ten over six innings of work. Raisel Iglesias closed out the 9th for his 25th save of the season. Luis Castillo will start game three and is 11-5 with a 3.10 ERA and 175 strikeouts this season. In his career, Castillo is 1-2 with a 4.15 ERA and 23 strikeouts against San Diego.
San Diego is 5-2 in their last 7 Wednesday games and 6-14 in their last 20 game three matchups while the under is 5-0-1 in their last 6 games against the NL Central. Cincinnati is 3-7 in their last 10 games overall and 7-2 in their last 9 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 4-1-1 in their last 6 games overall. The under is 6-0 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.
It’s hard picking a game with no idea who’s going to start for the Padres, but with this being an early game we might not have time to wait for a starter to be announced. Either way, I’d still side with Cincinnati. The Reds have been swinging a hot bat for the last few weeks, one of the bottest in the majors as a matter of fact, and Castillo has been pretty tough to take down at home, with an ERA under three and a .195 batting average against. It’s a solid price we’re getting with the Reds and their ace, so I’ll side with Cincinnati for the win in Wednesday’s finale.