MLB Betting Lines Preview on Cincinnati Reds at San Diego Padres

Posted by Daniel Strum on August 10, 2015 in

When your team is having a losing season, you spend a large portion of the second half wondering just how bad things can get. MLB Betting fans of the Cincinnati Reds and San Diego Padres are finding out that things can get pretty bleak indeed, but they will both have an opportunity to get some wins when they face one another in San Diego on Tuesday night.

Taking a Look at the MLB Betting Lines Preview on Cincinnati Reds at San Diego Padres & Game Info

Date/Time: Tuesday August 11th, 10:10 pm ET
Venue: Petco Park, San Diego, California
Radio: XPRS 1090
Opening Lines: Cincinnati +110, San Diego -120

San Diego Padres, a Dead Cash Cow

At the start of last week, the Padres (52-60) still had an outside shot of making the playoffs via the Wild Card. With the Milwaukee Brewers and the Philadelphia Phillies, two of the worst teams in baseball, on tap, there was hope that perhaps the Padres could make a serious move. They finished those series a combined 1-6, and are now effectively out of the race. They are 11.5 games back of the final Wild Card spot, which is essentially a death sentence.

You need only look at the 35 runs surrendered on this current 6-game losing streak to see where their problems begin. If you can’t keep the lesser teams off the board, what chance do you have of competing with the teams that are battling for a playoff berth? Colin Rea will make his first ever big league start when he takes to the mound on Tuesday.

Schedules Are Looking Red for Cincinnati

As bad as their recent 4-6 run looks on paper, it’s worth noting that the Cincinnati Reds (49-60) played the Cardinals, Pirates and Diamondbacks during that run. Defensively, the Reds were solid through those 10 games, but they just didn’t generate enough offense to offer up any real threat. They were held off the score board in 3 of those games, with their lone offensive outburst coming at the start, when they knocked off the Pirates 15-5.

Looking ahead at their remaining schedule, the Reds will have the majority of their games against teams in the playoff picture right now. That does not bode well for their overall season record, especially if the offense remains as anemic as it is at the moment. Michael Lorenzen (3-7, 4.84 ERA) will be trying to break out of a 3-game losing skid with this start.

Key Betting Trends

  • Cincinnati is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Cincinnati’s last 5 games on the road
  • Cincinnati is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games when playing San Diego
  • The total has gone OVER in 10 of San Diego’s last 12 games
  • San Diego is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games at home
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of San Diego’s last 7 games at home

Take Into Consideration Before Placing Your Bet

It’s always tough to gauge how well a first-time starter will play, and it helps that Rea will get his first start against a struggling offense. That said, I believe that this is exactly what the Reds need to get their bats warmed up again, which is why I think they will take this one.