Cincinnati Reds at San Diego Padres
|Date & Time||Saturday April 20, 2019, 8:40 PM (EDT)|
San Diego, California
The Line: Cincinnati Reds -125 / San Diego Padres +105 -- Over/Under: 7.5
The Cincinnati Reds and San Diego Padres meet Saturday in MLB action at Petco Park.
The Cincinnati Reds look for another win after splitting their last eight games. The Reds have scored nine runs in their last three games and three or more runs in nine of their last 13 games. The Cincinnati Reds are 6-6 this season when scoring three or more runs. Joey Votto leads the Reds with 15 hits and four RBI while Eugenio Suarez and Matt Kemp have combined for 25 hits and 13 RBI. Luis Castillo gets the ball, and he is 1-1 with a 1.46 ERA and 32 strikeouts this season. Castillo is 0-2 with a 5.17 ERA and 14 strikeouts in his career against the Padres.
The San Diego Padres could use a win here to snap a five-game losing streak. The Padres have allowed 15 runs in their last three games and three or more runs in 11 of their last 13 games. The San Diego Padres are 5-10 this season when allowing three or more runs. Offensively, Fernando Tatis Jr. leads the Padres with 20 hits and 12 RBI while Wil Myers and Manny Machado have combined for 37 hits and 18 RBI. Eric Lauer gets the ball, and he is 2-2 with a 4.91 ERA and 18 strikeouts this season. Lauer is 1-0 with a 1.00 ERA and 12 strikeouts in his career against the Reds.
The Reds are 16-36 in their last 52 road games, 7-19 in their last 26 during game 3 of a series and 2-5 in Castillo's last 7 starts vs. National League West. The Padres are 5-2 in their last 7 during game 3 of a series, 3-12 in their last 15 Saturday games and 0-4 in their last 4 overall. The Reds are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings in San Diego and the over is 10-2 in the last 12 meetings. The over is 3-1-2 in Lauer's last 6 starts with 5 days of rest. The under is 8-1 in Castillo's last 9 starts overall.
The Cincinnati Reds are starting to put things together just a little bit and are now throwing out a pitcher in Castillo who has gone at least five innings in all four starts and has allowed no more than two runs in each of those games. Lauer has allowed 21 hits and 12 runs in his last 16 innings and has had trouble keeping the ball in the park. The San Diego Padres are having issues offensively during this five-game losing streak, so you don't want to see a struggling pitcher on the hill. I'll give the Reds the slight edge here, even if I don't love this game overall.