Cincinnati and Philadelphia battle it out in the City of Brotherly Love. The Phillies won yesterday 5-2 and will be looking to replicate that performance. Zack Wheeler pitched 5.1 innings, allowing five hits and two runs. He walked three and struck out five in the win. Hunter Greene only lasted 4.2 innings giving up five hits and two runs. He walked three and struck out five in the loss. Can the Reds take game 2, or will Philly defend their home field?
Cincinnati Reds vs. Philadelphia Phillies Betting Odds
Cincinnati Reds vs. Philadelphia Phillies Match Details
Fixture: Cincinnati @ Philadelphia
Date and Time: April 8, 2023, @ 4:05 pm EST
Location: Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Cincinnati is 3-3 on the year and is tied for 3rd in the NL Central. No Reds batter could muster more than one hit in a losing effort. Nick Lodolo will get the start today for Cincy. Lodolo is 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA. He also struck out nine batters in his season debut. Cincinnati ranks 14th in batting with a .250 average. They have 48 hits, 10 HRs, and 27 Runs. The Reds rank 21st in pitching with a 4.92 ERA. They have given up 57 hits, 5 HRs, and 31 Runs. Cincy was off to a good start but has fizzled out. They need to return to the basics and right the ship.
Philadelphia is 2-5 on the year and is 4th in the NL East standings. J.T. Realmuto was 2 for 4 in yesterday’s victory. He scored a run and drove in two more. Bailey Falter is the projected starter today for the Phillies. Falter is 0-1 with a 3.38 ERA. They rank 7th in batting with a .272 average. This season, they have 66 hits, 6 HRs, and 23 total runs. Their pitching ranks 28th with a 6.21 ERA. They have given up 63 hits, 10 HRs, and 44 runs. Philadelphia is off to a slow start, but they have the talent to bounce back and start winning.
Philadelphia is loaded, and despite a slow start, they are undoubtedly contenders in the NL. The pitching needs to improve for both teams, but I give the edge to Falter in today’s game. I know he is 0-1, but with Cincinnati struggling at the plate, he should be able to put together a decent outing. The Phillies are the overall better team, and they should win and get closer to .500 on the season.
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Dusty’s Final Pick
Philadelphia Phillies -1.5 (+145) Spread, -135 MoneyLine