|Written by Michael|
Bet on the MLBThe Cincinnati Reds leave their Great American Ballpark behind, to travel for the first time this year, to a city that professes a great deal of love, to face Philadelphia. The first game of this 4 game series is set to begin tonight in Citizens Bank Park at 7:05 ET.
The NL Central leader, Cincinnati (74-48) has a comfortable 6.5 game lead over the Pirates, but traditionally does not do well in Philly. It's been nearly 15 months since their last visit here, where they are 4-15 in the past 19 games. Overall, this year they are 33-26 on the road.
Philadelphia (56-65) is a game within third place in the NL East, but that's about it, as they trail first place Washington by 19. They are only 26-33 at home.
Righthander Mike Leake (5-7, 4.29 ERA) is scheduled to throw for Cincy and another righty, Roy Halladay (6-7, 3.80 ERA) will start this one for Philly. Halladay seems to be recapturing his all star form after almost 2 months on the DL. In 3 August starts he is 2-1 and has an earned run average of 1.64. He fanned 20 and issued just 2 base on balls during the span. Against righties, the Reds are 51-34 overall and 5-1 in their last 10 games. The Phillies are 41-42 against right-handed pitchers, going 5-3 in their last 10.
Cincinnati is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games, and 12-4 SU in the last 16 games on the road. The total has gone OVER in all 5 of their last 5 games, while the total has gone UNDER in 4 of the Reds' last 6 games on the road.
Philadelphia is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games at home. The total has gone UNDER in 13 of the Phillies' last 18 games, and the total has gone UNDER in 4 of their last 6 games at home.
Philadelphia is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games against Cincinnati. The Phillies are 11-1 SU in their last 12 games when playing at home against the Reds. The total has gone OVER in 6 of the last 8 games between these two teams. The total has gone OVER in 5 of the last 5 games between these two in Philadelphia. Check out our sportsbook previews for all of this week's baseball games by clicking here.
Philadelphia is a home favorite posted at a -$150. Cincinnati is a +$130. As the favorite, the Phillies are 38-35 overall, and 3-3 in their last 10. The Reds are 13-17 this season as the underdog, and have been the favorite in each of their last 10 games. The over/under of 7.5 runs is on a $115/$100 moneyline.
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