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Philadelphia vs. Cincinnati,
09/02/2019 14:10 EDT,
Score: 7 - 1
Money Line: -146 Cincinnati
8* Cincinnati (2:10 ET): The Reds are a team that just got done playing two doubleheaders in the last two days. They lost three of the four games, winning only the second yesterday. I actually faded them in the first where St. Louis ended up coming back to break their hearts, 4-3, scoring in each of the final three innings. Two of the Reds' three losses over the weekend came in the final at-bat. Back them today, however, as they're at home and facing an inferior opponent. The Phillies just got done playing the Sunday Night Game (on ESPN) where they avoided a sweep by beating the Mets. So it's a short turnaround for both teams.
Having the home field edge is big for the Reds. They are 37-31 at Great American Ballpark as opposed to 27-42 on the road. The recent swoon (lost 7 of 11) has as much to do w/ all those games being played on the road. Then there's this: Cincinnati has actually outscored its opponents this year (+14) despite a 64-73 record. Philadelphia is 70-65, but has been outscored by 14 runs on the season. So there's an arguement to made that the Reds are the better team. That's why we're taking them!
Anthony DeSclafani starts the opener for Cincy, looking for his 10th win of the season. He has a 3.19 ERA at home and has been really sharp of late w/ a 1.00 ERA and 1.00 WHIP his L3 starts overall. During that time, he's given up just 2 ER on 12 hits in 18 IP. He threw seven shutout innings his last start. Philly counters w/ Drew Smyly, whose numbers haven't been particularly impressive dating back to his time w/ Texas. He's made seven starts for the Phillies and has a 4.97 ERA and 1.368 WHIP. He's won just one decision in those seven starts. The Phils are 27-53 their L80 games as a road underdog in the +125 to +175 range, including 4-13 this season. 8* Cincinnati