The Mets starter brings an unblemished home record to the table against the NL Central-leading Reds at Citi Field.
Cincinnati Reds at New York Mets
Cincinnati banged out seven home runs in a 14-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on Sunday. “You could tell in batting practice it was going to be a good day for the hitters,” Reds outfielder Drew Stubbs said. The team leads the National League in hitting, runs, hits, total bases, home runs, RBI and hitting with runners in scoring position. The club is 20-17 on the road this season (+470) and 8-2 as a road underdog of +100 to +125 (+740). They’ve been dynamite in that role over the last three years, producing a 35-28 record (+1,230). Cincinnati took two of three at home from the Mets in May, but is 5-12 in New York since 2005.
The much-improved Reds may find themselves as a +150 or higher home underdog for the first time this season.
Philadelphia Phillies at Cincinnati Reds
Philadelphia picked up a 9-6 extra-innings victory in the middle game of this three-game series, while ending Cincinnati relief pitcher Arthur Rhodes record-tying scoreless innings streak for a reliever. The Phillies guaranteed at least a .500 record in June (13-12, +90 ), as the team has gone 131-134 in the month over the last 10 seasons. Philadelphia has enjoyed success against the NL Central Division in 2010, moving its record to 12-4, including sweeps of Houston and Milwaukee on the road. Over their last 13 games (9-4), the Phillies have scored 87 runs and hit a combined .273. Philadelphia finds itself as a road favorite of -150 to -175 for just the fourth time this season (-120), with the total being 3-1 O/U in those games.
The Reds are seeking its first win of the series against an opponent that is dominating the NL Central division.
San Francisco Giants at Cincinnati Reds
San Francisco was paced by SP Matt Cain’s second shutout of the year, picking up a 3-0 road victory over the Cincinnati Reds. The Giants are now a dominating 24-8 against NL Central and East divisions, including a 14-3 mark against the Central, which is the highest winning percentage among all teams (.823). The team’s offense has turned things around recently, averaging 4.7 runs per game over their last nine contests. 2B Juan Uribe has led the charge, homering in Tuesday’s victory and picking up four RBIs on Monday. Uribe has a team-best 38 RBIs and has received high praise from manager Bruce Bochy saying, “This guy, you hate to think of where we would be without him.” The bullpen has also pitched extremely well during the current road trip, combining to allow just two earned runs in 14 innings. San Francisco is enjoying a 6-2 start in the month of June (+400).
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