Cincinnati Reds at Philadelphia Phillies
|Date & Time||Friday June 7, 2019, 7:05 PM (EDT)|
Citizens Bank Park
Philadelphia Phillies -150 / Cincinnati Reds +140 O/U: 9.5
The Cincinnati Reds and the Philadelphia Phillies will meet up on the MLB diamond to kick off their series on Friday.
The Reds are coming out of a series against the Cardinals this week. Cincinnati took a 4-1 win on Tuesday, then on Thursday (after a Wednesday rainout) the Reds dropped 3-1.
For the Friday game, the Reds will be sending out Tyler Mahle for the start. Across 61.1 innings and a 2-5 mark so far, Mahle has a 4.26 ERA with 67 Ks and 14 BBs.
Over on the Phillies’ side, they’re fresh off a set versus San Diego. Philadelphia fell 8-2 on Monday, but came back to win the series with victories 9-6 Tuesday and 7-5 Wednesday.
Philadelphia is going with Zach Eflin for the start on Friday. In his 65.2 innings and 5-5 mark this year, Eflin has a 3.02 ERA with 51 Ks and 14 BBs.
The Reds are 4-1 in their last five in game one of a series and 5-2 in their last seven Friday games. Cincinnati is 3-13 in Mahle’s last 16 starts and 1-11 in his last 12 overall.
Meanwhile, the Phillies are 8-2 in their last 10 after an off day and 5-2 in their last seven in game one of a series. Philadelphia is 5-1 in Eflin’s last six home starts and 2-6 in his last eight in game one of a series.
Mahle had a bad start at Wrigley Field, coughing up six earned on nine hits in 5.0 innings, but he pitched better his last time up with 5.0 innings, five hits and three earned.
As for Eflin, he’s got some great starts under his belt this year but has been a little choppier over his last three outings. Still, I like the Phillies to get a win behind his arm here.