The MLB is back on Saturday as the Philadelphia Phillies will clash with the Cincinnati Reds in game three of a four-game set from Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, Ohio. Vince Velasquez will get the nod for the Phillies, and the Reds will counter with Matt Harvey.
Philadelphia Phillies Form
The Philadelphia Phillies had a good start in this series against the Reds. They have won the first game with a score of 9-4. They were dominant in this game as they scored seven homers against the Red. Yet, they were not able to keep that momentum as they lost the second game on Friday with a score of 6-4.
The Phillies have an average of 4.20 runs per game and has allowed 4.36 runs per game on the road so far.
On the offensive side of the game, the Phillies have been average this season as they are placed on the 14th spot in the league in scoring, putting up 4.49 runs per game, while also being on the 26th spot in hitting at .238 and on the 12th place in homers with 124. On the mound, they have been decent so far as they are on the 9th place in the league in ERA at 3.84, while also being 11th place in WHIP at 1.24 and 5th in K’s with 930.
Cincinnati Reds Form
The Reds were demolished in the first game as they have allowed a series of homers which cost them the game. However, they bounce back in the second game with a dominant win of 6-4. It seems that the Reds have the potential but this season is to early form them as they are still in the process of developing their team.
The Reds have averaged 4.67 runs per game and have allowed 5.37 runs per game here at home.
Matt Harvey record against the Phillies stands at 7-3 with a 2.86 ERA in 12 starts. Harvey has gone 5-1 with a 4.10 ERA in seven career starts in this park.
The Reds have some solid offensive stats this season as they are placed on the 10th spot in the league in scoring, putting up 4.67 runs per game, while also being on the 6th spot in hitting at .257 and 20th place in homers with a total of 109. On the mound, they have some poor stats as they are placed on the 25th spot in the league in ERA at 4.78, while also being on the 27th place in WHIP at 1.43 and 24th spot in K’s with 789.
The Phillies have been playing well this season. They are already above their expectations for the season and it seems that they have the potential for more. On the other side, the Reds are one of the teams that allowed the most homers (after the Royals) in the MLB. They have been playing well lately and the potential is there, but I think that that they are not at the Phillies level at the moment. Go for the Phillies in this one.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Philadelphia Phillies vs. Cincinnati Reds 07/28/2018 is: Take the Philadelphia Phillies -124 (money line bet)
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