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

Philadelphia Phillies (66-54) vs Cincinnati Reds (47-71)

Game Info: Monday, August 22, 2022 at 7:05 pm (Citizens Bank Park)

Noah Syndergaard (7-8) (3.95) vs Luis Cessa (2-1) (5.50)

Betting Odds: Philadelphia Phillies -256 / Cincinnati Reds +185 --- Over/Under: 8 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Cincinnati Reds and Philadelphia Phillies face off on Monday in an MLB game at Citizens Bank Park. 

The Reds come into this game with a 48-71 record overall but they have won two games in a row. Over the last two games, the Reds have scored 19 runs total, and they need the offense to continue to be good here. The Reds biggest issues this season has been the pitching giving up 5.169 runs per game. Kyle Farmer is having a big season hitting six home runs and driving in 55 RBIs. 

On the other side of this matchup is the Phillies who sit with a 66-55 record overall and they are coming off a loss where they blew the game against the New York Mets in the 9th inning. The Phillies have leaned on the pitching all season and they are averaging 4.58 runs per game which is 8th best in the league. Kyle Schwarber is having a big season hitting 34 home runs and driving in 71 RBIs. 

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On the mound for the Reds is Luis Cessa who sits with a 3-1 record and an ERA of 5.50 In his last appearance he went two innings giving up zero hits and zero runs.

On the mound for the Phillies is Noah Syndergaard who sits with a 7-8 record and an ERA of 3.95. In his last start against the Reds he went seven innings giving up eight hits and three runs. 

The Reds are 0-5 in their last five during Game 1 of a series. The under is 4-1 in the Phillies last five games on Monday. The over is 5-1-1 in the Reds last seven games against a right-handed starter. 

I don’t expect many runs to be scored in this game. Syndergaard has been strong this season, and the Reds bats have struggled for most of the season, even if they found success in the last game. Cessa will also do enough of the Phillies bats to keep this game under the total. Back the under to cash. This is one of my favorite plays on the board. 

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

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