Wednesday, August 21

Cincinnati Reds vs San Diego Padres, 9:10 am
Reds $1.60


The Reds appear to be playing out the string, now sitting at 58-66. Their home record has still been decent, going 35-31 in Cincy. Eugenio Suarez is their clear offensive leader, going for 34 home runs and 77 RBI so far. Sonny Gray is slated to pitch here, going 8-6 with a sub-3 ERA this season.


The Padres are in a similar boat, outside the playoff mix at 59-65. They’re an average road side, going 30-32 on their travels. They definitely have some big hitters, with the 31 home runs and 61 RBI of Hunter Renfroe leading the way. Cal Quantrill will pitch here, going a solid 6-3 with a 3.26 ERA so far.

Prediction: Reds $1.60

Especially with Gray on the mound, I think Cincy have too much quality in this one. They’ve got a deeper and more versatile batting lineup and should be able to get after Quantrill here. Their home record is also very strong this season, compared to a sub .500 road record for the Padres. Combine these factors and I’m expecting another home win for the Reds here.

St Louis Cardinals vs Milwaukee Brewers, 9:45 am
Cardinals $1.96


The Cardinals are enjoying a stellar campaign, currently at 66-57. They’ve been especially good at home, going 35-23 in front of their home fans. Goldschmidt, Ozuna, and DeJong have all impressed this season, each going over 20 home runs. Michael Wacha is slated to pitch here, going 6-6 with a 5.44 ERA so far.


The Brewers are now 3rd in a tight NL Central, sitting at 64-61. They’ve had some road struggles this season, going just 28-35 outside Milwaukee. Christian Yelich is still putting up beastly numbers, going for 41 home runs and 89 RBI. Gio Gonzalez will pitch here, going 2-1 with a 3.81 ERA on the season.

Prediction: Cardinals $1.96

In what should be a relatively tight affair, I think St Louis’ strong home field advantage gives them the edge. Especially with Goldschmidt and Ozuna firing, they’ve got a strong batting lineup that can punish Milwaukee here. A lot rests on Michael Wacha’s shoulders, but they’ve got a great shot at causing the upset if he can deliver.