The Reds are in the hunt for an NL Central crown thanks to its 12 game winning streak, but the team needs to keep up its play after that heater.
Cincinnati's schedule has been difficult of late and it's no easier, evident with the current series against the Baltimore Orioles. Can Cincinnati find an answer for the Orioles on Wednesday in the series finale against Kyle Gibson?
Here are the odds:
Reds vs. Orioles odds, run line and total
Reds vs. Orioles prediction and pick
Gibson's numbers are on the decline. After pitching to a sub-4.00 ERA in the first two months of the season, his ERA has ballooned to a 5.75 in four June starts as his strikeout numbers continue to dwindle, now below seven strikeouts per nine innings.
The right hander will face a Cincinnati offense that is scorching at the plate this month, top five in big league OPS and will look to continue its fine form against Gibson's downward trending pitching.
The question is can Luke Weaver hold off an elite offense in the Orioles. The numbers aren't great for the righty, 6.86 ERA in 12 starts, but there's some cause for optimism. He has an xERA that is more than a run lower at 5.37 and should see his home run rate come down from a ghastly 16%. That's a product of poor variance and I expect Weaver, who is walking far fewer batters this season (3.28 vs. 2.69) to get some better results on the mound.
Gibson can't justify this price tag against a formidable offense like Cincinnati, I'll take the road underdog.
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