Philadelphia Phillies at Cincinnati Reds - 8/16/22 MLB Picks and Prediction

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The Philadelphia Phillies will play the Cincinnati Reds in Game 2 of their series at Great American Ball Park on Tuesday night.

The Philadelphia Phillies are 64-51 this season and have lost three of their last five games. Philadelphia won Game 1 of this series by a score of 4-3 on Monday night. The Philadelphia pitching staff has a 3.72 ERA, a 1.21 WHIP, and a .237 opponent batting average this season. The Phillies offense has scored 530 runs with a .249 batting average and a .312 on base percentage. Rhys Hoskins is batting .249 with 24 home runs and 54 RBI’s for the Phillies this season. The projected starter for Philadelphia is Kyle Gibson, who is 7-5 with a 4.29 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP over 121.2 innings pitched this season.

The Cincinnati Reds are 45-69 this season and have lost six of their last seven games. Prior to losing Game 1 of this series, Cincinnati lost two out of three games played against the Cubs. The Cincinnati pitching staff has a 5.03 ERA, a 1.41 WHIP, and a .255 opponent batting average. The Reds offense has scored 481 runs with a .240 batting average and a .309 on base percentage this year. Joey Votto is batting .208 with 11 home runs and 41 RBI’s for the Reds this season. The projected starter for Cincinnati is T.J. Zeuch, who is 0-1 with a 13.50 ERA and a 2.00 WHIP over 4 innings pitched this season.

Philadelphia is 5-0 in their last 5 games against the NL Central and 7-21 in their last 28 Tuesday games. The under is 7-0 in Philadelphia’s last 7 games. Cincinnati is 7-3 in their last 10 Tuesday games and 0-5 in their last 5 games against the NL East. The under is 6-0 in Cincinnati’s last 6 Tuesday games. Philadelphia is 7-20 in these two teams last 27 head to head meetings in Cincinnati.

Philadelphia comes into this game clinging to a wild card spot and needs to take advantage against a lesser ball club. Cincinnati has really struggled this season, specifically with their pitching. Cincinnati is starting T.J. Zeuch, who allowed six runs over 4 innings in his only appearance this year. For Philadelphia, Kyle Gibson has allowed five earned runs over his last 20 innings. I like Philadelphia to win this game by at least two runs and also like the Phillies team total over against Zeuch.

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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