Boston Red Sox at Cincinnati Reds - 9/20/22 MLB Picks and Prediction

Cincinnati Reds (58-89) vs Boston Red Sox (71-75)

Game Info: Tuesday, September 20, 2022 at 6:40 pm (Great American Ball Park)

Nick Lodolo (4-6) (3.81) vs Brayan Bello (1-6) (5.10)

Betting Odds: Cincinnati Reds -105 / Boston Red Sox -115 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Boston Red Sox will play the Cincinnati Reds in Game 1 of their series at Great American Ball Park on Tuesday night.

The Boston Red Sox are 71-75 this season and have won two of their last three games. Boston is coming off of a series win against Kansas City, where they won two out of the three games played. The Boston pitching staff has a 4.45 ERA, a 1.33 WHIP, and a .252 opponent batting average this season. The Red Sox offense has scored 668 runs with a .259 batting average and a .321 on base percentage. Rafael Devers is batting .292 with 26 home runs and 82 RBI’s for the Red Sox this season. The projected starter for Boston is Brayan Bello, who is 1-6 with a 5.10 ERA and a 1.70 WHIP over 42.1 innings pitched this season.

The Cincinnati Reds are 58-89 this season and have lost nine of their last eleven games. Cincinnati is coming off of a series loss against the Cardinals, where they lost three out of the five games played in the series. The Cincinnati pitching staff has a 4.84 ERA, a 1.39 WHIP, and a .253 opponent batting average. The Reds offense has scored 614 runs with a .239 batting average and a .307 on base percentage this year. Kyle Farmer is batting .260 with 12 home runs and 67 RBI’s for the Reds this season. The projected starter for Cincinnati is Nick Lodolo, who is 4-6 with a 3.81 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP over 87.1 innings pitched this season.

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Boston is 15-7 in their last 22 games against the NL Central and 3-7 in their last 10 road games. The over is 5-0-1 in Boston’s last 6 Tuesday games. Cincinnati is 5-1 in their last 6 interleague home games and 2-6 in their last 8 games following a win. The under is 4-1 in Cincinnati’s last 5 games. The under is 5-0 in these two teams last 5 head to head meetings.

Cincinnati comes into this series really struggling in their last 11 games and will turn to Nick Lodolo to turn things around. Lodolo has allowed five runs over his last 20.1 innings pitched for Cincinnati. For Boston, Brayan Bello has allowed three runs over his last 16.1 innings pitched. Bello has an elevated ERA this season, but has pitched pretty well in his last few outings. I am taking the Red Sox to win this game.

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