Rockies vs. Reds prediction and odds for Monday, June 19 (Cincy's winning streak continues)

Jun 18, 2023; Houston, Texas, USA; Cincinnati Reds shortstop Elly De La Cruz (44) celebrates with
Jun 18, 2023; Houston, Texas, USA; Cincinnati Reds shortstop Elly De La Cruz (44) celebrates with / Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The Cincinnati Reds heater has reached eight wins now after sweeping the Houston Astros on the road this weekend.

The team heads home to face the rebuilding Colorado Rockies on Monday in hope of extending its winning streak and taking the NL Central lead.

Can Cincinnati get the best out of rookie starter Brandon Williamson as the offense looks to stay on point against struggling lefty Austin Gomber?

Rockies vs. Reds odds, run line and total

Rockies vs. Reds prediction and pick

The Reds offense has been dangerous against lefty pitching all season, sixth in batting average and above league average in OPS. The team faces southpaw Austin Gomber and the Rockies bottom five bullpen on Monday night in what should be a high-scoring matchup.

Gomber has been getting crushed this season, allowing a .321 batting average on balls in play and a 20% home run to fly ball rate. Those numbers are sure to come down, especially given that Gomber pitches in the most hitter friendly park in Coors Field.

However, Great American Ballpark is also incredibly favorable to hitters, and I expect the Reds potent offense to tee off on him given his inability to punch batters out.

The lefty is striking out fewer than six batters per nine innings while walking nearly four. The Reds are 11th in on-base percentage and slugging percentage across the month of June and should have little issue generating hard contact against Gomber.

I'm not prepared to trust Williamson to shut down the Rockies lineup given that the rookie's xERA (7.24) is far higher than his ERA (5.40), but I'll back Cincy's offense on Monday to get going at home.

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