How does a team get up for a series when there is really nothing to play for? This is a question that the average sports fan often asks, but the reality is that there is always something to play for in the MLB betting odds and on the field. Only a select few guys on each team are guaranteed a spot year in and year out, while the rest are just hoping that they will avoid being sent down or shipped out. That is what the guys on the San Diego Padres and the Cincinnati Reds will be thinking about when they close out their 3-game series in San Diego on Wednesday.
Quick View on the MLB Betting Lines Pick on Cincinnati Reds at San Diego Padres & Game InfoDate/Time: Tuesday August 12, 1.40pmVenue: PETCO Park, San Diego, CaliforniaTV: MLBN, MASNRadio: 105.7 The FanOpening Line: Cincinnati +132, San Diego -142The Padres (53-60) came into the second half of the season with their playoff hopes still very much intact. They made a pretty solid start to the second half, but then lost 8 of 9 after the trade deadline to effectively kill off any shot they may have had at a Wild card spot. They are now 10.5 games back of that last spot, and would have to overtake 4 other teams, most of whom are playing better ball right now, in order to get there. Stranger things have happened, but with less than 50 games now left in the season, taking the Padres to land in a postseason berth would be a foolish bet indeed. They did manage to get this series off to a winning start, but again struggled offensively in a 2-1 win. James Shields (8-4, 3.75 ERA) has not had a bad season, but has still seen his team lose each of the last 4 times he has started.The Reds (49-61) have been out of it for a while now, but they do deserve a little bit of credit for putting up a decent fight. They tend to keep the majority of their games close, but lack the quality bats that would turn those tight games into wins. They played the Cardinals and the Pirates in back to back series, and managed to post a respectable 3-4 record. They were close in every game, but their total lack of offense is what did them in. They have scored just 427 runs to this point in the season, which puts them near the bottom in the NL. Raisel Iglesias (2-4, 4.73 ERA) has pitched very well in his last two starts, but has had little in the way of run support.
Key Betting Trends
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Cincinnati’s last 5 games on the road
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Cincinnati’s last 5 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 7 of San Diego’s last 8 games when playing at home against Cincinnati
- San Diego is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing Cincinnati