Baltimore Orioles vs Cincinnati Reds Prediction MLB Picks 5/3/24

Cincinnati Reds (16-15) vs Baltimore Orioles (20-11)

Game Info: Friday, May 3, 2024 at 6:10 pm (Great American Ball Park)

Hunter Greene (1-2) (3.63) vs Cole Irvin (2-1) (3.49)

Betting Odds: Cincinnati Reds -109 / Baltimore Orioles -109 --- Over/Under: 9 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Baltimore Orioles and the Cincinnati Reds meet Friday in MLB action from Great American Ball Park. Here’s a Baltimore Orioles vs Cincinnati Reds prediction. This will be the first installment in a three-game series. We will look at this from a betting perspective and determine the best bets for the game. We will examine:

• The Cincinnati Reds recent form and player performance

• The Baltimore Orioles recent form and player performance

• Recent betting trends and streaks involving the Cincinnati Reds

• Recent betting trends and streaks involving the Baltimore Orioles

• Recent betting trends in games played between the Reds and Orioles

• A summary that ties it all together and produces a favorable betting outcome for the Reds vs Orioles game

Baltimore Orioles Betting Preview

Baltimore just finished up a series versus the New York Yankees. The Orioles won the first two games of that set 2-0 and 4-2 before a 2-0 loss Wednesday. In the Thursday finale, Baltimore took the series with a 7-2 victory. Ryan Mountcastle (two RBI; two runs), Jorge Mateo (two RBI) and Ryan McKenna each had a home run.

As starting pitcher for Friday’s opener, the Orioles are going with Cole Irvin. In his five starts so far Irvin is 2-1 with a 3.49 ERA and 18 strikeouts over 28.1 innings. Irvin is 24-35 in his career with a 4.36 ERA in 110 games (82 starts).

Cincinnati Reds Betting Preview

Over on the Reds’ side, they were able to beat the San Diego Padres 5-2 on Monday but have since dropped consecutive games. Those losses came 6-4 and 6-2. In the Wednesday defeat, the Reds got a solo home run from Spencer Steer. Starter Graham Ashcraft finished with 6.0 innings, zero earned, five hits and two walks.

It’ll be Hunter Greene in the starting pitcher role for the Reds on Friday. This year over his six starts Greene is 1-2 with a 3.63 ERA and 42 Ks in 34.2 innings. Greene is 10-22 with a 4.49 ERA in 52 career games.

Orioles vs Reds Injury Notes

Orioles LF Austin Hays (calf) has been participating in a running program this week. Hays was scheduled to do some hitting on Thursday.

Reds RP Alex Young (back) began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Louisville on Thursday. TJ Friedl (wrist) was also set to begin a rehab assignment on Thursday.

Cincinnati Reds Player Prop Facts

  • Elly De La Cruz has scored at least one run in seven of the Reds' last eight night games.
  • Elly De La Cruz has recorded at least one hit in each of his last 10 appearances after not playing the previous day.
  • Jonathan India has recorded a Double in each of the Reds' last three home games against the Orioles.
  • Jonathan India has recorded at least one Single in each of his last five appearances against AL opponents.
  • TJ Friedl has recorded at least one RBI in seven of his last eight appearances.
  • TJ Friedl has recorded at least one total base in each of his last 10 appearances.
  • TJ Friedl has hit a home run in each of his last three home appearances.
  • Elly De La Cruz ranks 1st in the league in Steals (18) this season.

Baltimore Orioles Player Prop Facts

  • Gunnar Henderson has hit a home run in each of the Orioles' last two games as road favorites.
  • Gunnar Henderson has scored at least one run in each of the Orioles' last five road games.
  • Adley Rutschman has recorded at least one hit in each of the Orioles' last eight games as road favorites.
  • Jorge Mateo has recorded a Double in three of his last four appearances with the Orioles as road favorites against NL opponents.
  • Adley Rutschman has recorded at least one Single in each of the Orioles' last eight games as road favorites.
  • James McCann has recorded an RBI in each of his last four appearances in night games.
  • Austin Hays has recorded at least one total base in each of his last 13 Friday night appearances with the Orioles as favorites.
  • Gunnar Henderson ranks T1st in the league in Home Runs (10) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Cincinnati Reds rank 1st in the league for steals this season (55).
  • The Cincinnati Reds rank 28th in the league for hits this season (219).
  • The Baltimore Orioles rank 1st in the league for home runs this season (48).
  • The Baltimore Orioles rank 1st in the league for slugging percentage this season (.446).

Baltimore Orioles vs Cincinnati Reds Prediction

I’ll probably try the Reds. I could go either way, though. Greene took a loss to Philadelphia back on April 22, notching 7.0 innings with four earned on seven hits and two walks. He was able to bounce back in his last start, though. Against the Rangers on April 27, Greene finished with 7.0 clean frames, one hit and one walk in a victory.

As for the Orioles, on Thursday they scored four runs in the fifth inning and never looked back. The bullpen ended up with 4.1 innings, two hits, one earned, one walk and six Ks in a nice effort. Irvin is pitching well with zero earned in his last 13.2 innings, so Cincinnati will have to maximize their chances at the plate.

Andrew’s Pick Cincinnati Reds -109

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