The San Diego Padres host the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday night in a game that will be televised nationally. San Diego has won each of the first two games of the Reds vs Padres series, and playing on the road hasn’t been kind to Cincinnati.
Cincinnati comes into Saturday night with a record of 35-33, and this team just continues to be inconsistent. The Reds are still in the mix in the NL Central, but they have yet to prove they can take over the race.
San Diego has also been inconsistent this season, but injuries have played a role. The Padres are 40-32 on the season, and they remain one of the top betting picks to win the World Series.
San Diego has been the betting favorite in each game of the series, and it is the same way in this matchup. On Saturday night, the Padres are -153 over the Cincinnati Reds.
Reds vs Padres Preview and Pick: Outfielders Carrying Reds Offense
The Cincinnati Reds have been an inconsistent offensive team this season, except for the trio of outfielders. That group has put up big numbers all season long, but they need some help.
Nick Castellanos leads the Reds with a .346 batting average, and he can also hit for some power. Jesse Winker has been the MVP of the team up to this point, blasting 17 home runs and driving in 42 runs.
Tyler Naquin is another player that has performed at the plate this season, but that trio needs some help. The Reds have also been a much better offensive team at home than they have on the road.
Vladimir Gutierrez will be on the mound for the Reds, and he looks like a future star in the league. Gutierrez is 3-1 with a 2.74 ERA, but he will be dealing with a great offensive team on Saturday night.
Reds vs Padres Preview and Pick: Padres Making Pitching Change
The San Diego Padres have made some changes to their pitching rotation this weekend, and that could give the Reds a shot. Yu Darvish is being pushed back, and that will put Miguel Diaz on the mound to start this game.
Diaz has an ERA of just 2.18 so far this season, but most of that work has been done in the bullpen. This could be a night where the entire bullpen works for San Diego, but that unit has pitched well this season.
The Padres are starting to hit for some power, and that’s a problem for the rest of the league. Wil Myers blasted two home runs on Friday night, and Victor Caratini was the hero in the series opener.
Fernando Tatis Jr. continues to lead the Padres on offense, and he might be the MVP of the NL. The young shortstop has 22 home runs and 50 RBIs this season.
Reds vs Padres Preview and Pick: Padres Pick Up Another Win
This has not been a good weekend for the Reds, but playing in San Diego is always a big challenge. The Reds should have a much better night at the plate on Saturday, but they can’t outscore Padres.
Wil Myers is starting to get things going at the plate, and that spells trouble for the rest of the National League. Tatis Jr. Is going to put on a show in this game as well, and San Diego is going to score some runs.
Look for this to be the highest-scoring game of the series up to this point, but it’s not going to help the Reds. San Diego will win its third straight game by doing it with offense.
Bet the San Diego Padres -153 over the Cincinnati Reds.