Philadelphia Phillies vs Cincinnati Reds 8/22/22 MLB Picks, Predictions, Odds

Cincinnati Reds (48-71) vs Philadelphia Phillies (66-55)
August 22, 2022 7:05 pm EDT
The Line: Philadelphia Phillies -240 / Cincinnati Reds +198
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The Cincinnati Reds and Philadelphia Phillies meet Monday in MLB action at Citizens Bank Park. The Cincinnati Reds look for a win after splitting their last 8 games. The Philadelphia Phillies need a win after losing 4 of their last 5 games.

The Cincinnati Reds have scored 23 runs in their last 3 games and 4 or more runs in 5 of their last 7 games. The Reds have won 6 of their last 8 games when scoring 4 or more runs. Kyle Farmer leads the Reds with 98 hits and 55 RBI, while Nick Senzel and Joey Votto have combined for 139 hits and 63 RBI. Luis Cessa gets the ball, and he is 3-1 with a 5.50 ERA and 28 strikeouts this season. Cessa is 1-1 with a 5.79 ERA and 4 strikeouts in his career against the Phillies.

The Philadelphia Phillies have scored 15 runs in their last 3 games and 3 or fewer runs in 7 of their last 11 games. The Phillies have lost 5 straight games when scoring 3 or fewer runs. Alec Bohm leads the Phillies with 124 hits and 56 RBI, while Nick Castellanos and Rhys Hoskins have combined for 235 hits and 116 RBI. Noah Syndergaard gets the ball, and he is 7-8 with a 3.95 ERA and 76 strikeouts this season. Syndergaard is 6-0 with a 2.36 ERA and 54 strikeouts in his career against the Reds.

The Reds are 1-4 in their last 5 road games and 3-8 in their last 11 overall. The Phillies are 8-3 in their last 11 home games and 16-7 in their last 23 overall. The over is 4-1 in Reds last 5 overall. The under is 9-3 in Phillies last 12 overall. The Reds are 17-36 in the last 53 meetings in Philadelphia.

Luis Cessa has been great this month, allowing 0 runs in his last 6.2 innings, but I’m not a fan of betting bullpen games due to so many arms that have to come through. Noah Syndergaard has settled in his last 2 starts, and he’s absolutely owned the Reds through 7 career games against them. The bottom line is the Philadelphia Phillies need to take advantage of this series if they’re going to keep position in the wild card race. The Phillies are coming off a rough week, and there’s no excuse here. Give me the Phillies and the RL for max betting value.

Randy Chambers's Free Pick:
Philadelphia Phillies -1.5
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