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Philadelphia Phillies vs. Cincinnati Reds - 6/8/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Cincinnati Reds at Philadelphia Phillies
Date & Time Saturday June 8, 2019, 4:05 PM (EDT)
Location
Citizens Bank Park
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The Line
Philadelphia Phillies -138 / Cincinnati Reds +128 O/U: 9
TV Channel
FSOH, NSPA
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The Cincinnati Reds and the Philadelphia Phillies will meet up on the MLB diamond Saturday to continue their series.

In the Friday opener, the Phillies banged out three runs in the fifth inning on the way to a 4-2 win.

For the Saturday game, the Reds will be going with Tanner Roark in the start. Across his 62.1 innings and 4-4 record this year, Roark has a 3.47 ERA with 65 Ks and 25 BBs.

Cincinnati mustered six hits and two errors along with their two runs on Friday. Joey Votto was the only Reds player with two hits, and he logged a solo homer in there.

Over on the Phillies’ side, they’re sending out Nick Pivetta on Saturday. In his 29.1 innings and 3-1 record this year, Pivetta has a 6.14 ERA with 31 Ks and 10 BBs.

The Phillies also put up six hits in the Friday win, but were more productive on the scoreboard. Jay Bruce was a key part of the big fifth inning with a two-run homer.

The Reds are 1-4 in their last five in game two of a series and 4-0 in Roark’s last four road starts. The under is 17-7-2 in Cincinnati’s last 26 in game two of as series and 4-0-1 in their last five versus a starter with a WHIP greater than 1.30.

Meanwhile, the Phillies are 5-2 in their last seven Saturday games and 4-1 in Pivetta’s last five home starts. Philly is 5-2 in Pivetta’s last seven starts with five days’ rest and 1-5 in his last six Saturday starts.

Roark has done fairly well over his last quartet of starts, but despite giving up 11 earned in 21.0 innings—which isn’t too bad—he’s got just a 1-3 record to show for it.

As for Pivetta, he looks better after his return from Triple-A, with three earned on six hits in 11.0 innings over a pair of starts.

I’m not fully confident in Pivetta yet, but his early returns are enough for me to trust him here. I’m going Phillies.

Pick:
Philadelphia Phillies -138

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