Phillies vs Reds Prediction - MLB Picks 4/15/23

Cincinnati Reds (5-7) vs Philadelphia Phillies (4-9)

Game Info: Saturday, April 15, 2023 at 4:10 pm (Great American Ball Park)

Graham Ashcraft (1-0) (2.08) vs Matt Strahm (1-0) (0.00)

Betting Odds: Cincinnati Reds +120 / Philadelphia Phillies -152 --- Over/Under: 9.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Philadelphia Phillies and the Cincinnati Reds will play game two of their weekend series from Great American Ball Park. The Phillies controlled game one, and won by five, 8-3. 

Phillies Betting Preview

Philadelphia enters at 5-9 after defeating Cincinnati. The Phillies snapped a three-game skid with the win, but they may have their work cut out for them here with Ashcraft. The Philadelphia offense is scoring 3.93 runs per game, while batting .285, with a .335 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 5.13 ERA, with a 1.53 WHIP. Bryson Stott has recorded a hit in ten straight games, and he’s among NL leaders in batting average (.383). Alex Bohm is carrying an eight-game hit streak, and he leads the team in RBI (13). 

Matt Strahm (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 10 Ks) will start for Philadelphia. The eighth-year pitcher will make another spot start with Ranger Suarez on the DL. Strahm has been solid in three appearances, striking out six in five innings versus the Yankees on Monday. 

Reds Betting Preview

Cincinnati fell to 5-8 following the loss to Philly. The Reds have dropped four of their last five games, and with Tampa coming to town this week, they need to steal one more of these matchups.  The Cincinnati offense is scoring 3.98 runs per game, while batting .242, with a .326 on-base percentage. The Cincy staff carries a 4.92 ERA, with a 1.53 WHIP. Jonathan India recorded three hits versus the Braves, and he leads the Reds in batting average (.324). Spencer Steer has produced multiple hits in three of the last five games, and he leads Cincy in batting average (.326). Jonathan India is carrying a six-game hit streak into this one, and he leads the team in runs (13).

Graham Ashcraft (1-0, 2.08 ERA, 13 Ks) will take the mound for Cincinnati. The second-year pitcher has picked up right here left off after closing 2022 on a good note. Ashcraft went seven innings and earned the victory in his season debut versus Pittsburgh, before striking out seven in six innings of work, while allowing two runs on Monday in Atlanta.  

Philly vs Cincy Trends

Philadelphia is 5-9 against the spread this season, with a 7-7 over/under record. Cincinnati is 9-4 ATS this year, with a 8-5 O/U record.

Corey's Free Pick

Philadelphia was able to add insult to injury in last night’s win, but I don’t think today will fare as easy for them. Graham Ashcraft is going to make the visiting team work offensively, and with Matt Strahm going on the other side, we could be in for a low-scoring matchup early on. I like the Under for this pick ‘em matchup. 

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

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