The Cincinnati Reds will be looking to win a game at Petco Park when they face the San Diego Padres in game three of their four-game weekend series. The Padres will be looking to continue their dominance over the Reds and win the series. The Padres are the favorites in this game at -153, while the Reds check in at +141. The Padres are favored by 1.5 runs, and the over/under is 9.
Cincinnati Reds at San Diego Padres Betting Preview
6/19/21, 7:15 PM, Petco Park
Cincinnati Reds Preview: Find a Way to Win
The Cincinnati Reds come into play with a record of 35-33, good for third place in the National League Central, three games behind the Chicago Cubs. The Reds dropped the first two games of this four-game set and will be looking to find a way to get one from the Padres Saturday. The Reds’ pitching has kind of let them down in the first two games, allowing 14 runs in the two games. On Saturday, they will send right-hander Vladimir Gutierrez to the mound to try and stop the bleeding. Gutierrez has a record of 3-1 with a 2.74 ERA. In 23 innings, he has struck out 19 and walked 10. In his last outing, Gutierrez went six innings and allowed two runs on four hits. He struck out six and walked two in a 10-2 Reds victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday.
Offensively, the Reds are led by left fielder Jesse Winker. Winker is off to an outstanding start to the season, hitting .343 with 17 home runs and 42 RBI. Right fielder Nick Castellanos is also hitting the cover off the ball to the tune of a .346 average with 13 home runs and 37 runs batted in.
San Diego Padres Preview: Win the Series Saturday
The San Diego Padres come into play with a record of 40-32, good for third place in the National League West, six games behind the surprising San Francisco Giants. The Padres have won two in a row and will be looking to win the series against the Reds on Saturday. The Padres’ bats have provided the spark in the first two games of the series, and they will be counted on once again on Saturday. The Padres will send right-hander Miguel Diaz to the mound Saturday. Diaz is 2-1 with a 2.18 ERA. In 20.2 innings, Diaz has struck out 23 hitters and walked 10. Diaz will be making his first start of the season after coming out of the bullpen for the first two months. He allowed a run in an inning of work in his last outing.
Offensively, the Padres are led by shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr., who is hitting .283 with 22 home runs and 50 RBI. He leads the National League in both home runs and RBI. Third baseman Manny Machado is hitting just .248 with 10 home runs and 41 RBI. The Padres will need him to increase his production if they are to contend this season.
These two teams have both not lived up to expectations this season. The Reds were not expected to be in the mix in the National League Central, while the Padres were expected to be one of the best teams in all of baseball. While it is early in the season, both teams are in the mix for the postseason, but it has been a bit of a struggle for San Diego. Starting a reliever is always a risky proposition, and this one will be no different. Expect Cincinnati to come out swinging and take this one. Pick the Reds in this one.
Pick: Cincinnati +141