San Diego (Rea) at Cincinnati (Reed)
Recommendation: 1st 5 inning Under 5
The Cincinnati Reds host the San Diego Padres for the second game of a four-game series. The Padres took the first game last night 7-4. Both teams are dealing with key injuries to the lineup and both are throwing young promising starting pitchers tonight. The Reds send Cody Reed the hill for his second MLB start. Reed allowed four earned runs in seven innings in his first outing. The 23-year-old from Horn Lake, Miss., was a second-round pick in 2013 out of Northwest Mississippi Community College. “He’s a lefty with real good stuff,” Price said. “Very athletic. Fastball, slider, changeup. Extremely competitive. He just seems to me to be a guy who’s really comfortable in competition and doesn’t see an environment as being imposing as others would.” The 6-5 225-pound southpaw will be facing a San Diego lineup that may be shorthanded without Jon Jay, who hasn't played since being hit by a pitch on Sunday. Jay is still experiencing some soreness.On the other side, the Reds lineup might be without their best player, Joey Votto who was not in the starting lineup for the third straight game because of an illness. His availability is still unknown. Votto out of the lineup should benefit Padres starter Colin Rea who is coming off one of his better outings of the season; a 6.1 inning performance where he allowed two runs (one earned) in a no-decision against the Nationals.Each of these young starters project to have success against the opposing lineup, however anytime the Reds bullpen is involved run suppression is in jeopardy. I recommend a wager on the 1st 5 innings under 5.