Cincinnati Reds at San Diego Padres – MLB June 18

Reds (35-32, 19-16 road) at Padres (39-32, 22-14 home)

  • Time: 7:10PM PST – 9:10PM CST – 10:10PM EST
  • Place: Petco Park, San Diego, CA
  • TV: Bally Sports Ohio | Bally Sports San Diego | MLB Extra Innings

Opening Pitch

The Padres and Reds reintroduce themselves in Game 2 of this four-game weekend slate after San Diego took a 6-4 win on Thursday night.

The Reds have been playing their best baseball of the season coming into this series as they have won 10 out of their last 13 games and had a six-game winning streak stopped last night.

Cincinnati is 3.0 games behind the first-place Chicago Cubs in the NL Central and 2.0 back of the second-place Milwaukee Brewers.

San Diego has work to do after the Padres have fallen 6.0 games behind the NL West leading San Francisco Giants as well as 5.0 games behind the second-place Los Angeles Dodgers.

The two teams did not meet last season due to rescheduling from COVID-19 protocols. Cincinnati won the 2019 series, 5-2, but the two teams were vastly different two years ago.

Cincinnati is 8-15 at Petco Park while the Friars are looking to start a string as they are 3-9 in their last 12 games.

The Padres are averaging only 3.07 runs in June which is last in the majors while the Reds are at 11-4 (.733) for the highest winning percentage in June.

Last Time Out

Victor Caratini hit a two-run go-ahead home run in the ninth inning and Eric Hosmer homered as well as San Diego took down Cincinnati, 6-4 on Thursday night.

San Diego reliever Mark Melancon did the unthinkable and blew a save in the ninth inning as Jonathan India hit a 2-run homer to give the Reds a 4-2 lead going to the bottom of the ninth.

Amir Garrett picked up the loss in relief for the Reds. Starters Wade Miley and Joe Musgrove went seven strong innings each, but of course, did not figure in the decision.


Cincinnati Reds (31-36, ATS):

  • The Reds are 8-1 SU in their last 9 road games
  • The UNDER has been the call in 4 of the Reds’ last 5 road games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cincinnati’s last 5 games vs. the NL West

San Diego Padres (36-35, ATS):

  • The OVER has been the call in 4 of San Diego’s last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 7 of the last 8 Padres-Reds games
  • The Friars are 14-4 SU in their last 18 home dates

Team Stats Sketch

At the plate, the Reds are building a tough lineup where every batter is a tough out. They hit at a .248 average (6th/MLB) and their 92 round-trippers are good for sixth in the majors as well.

Jesse Winker continues at the top of the majors with a .340 batting average. Going into last night, he was batting .352 in his last 23 games with nine home runs, 18 RBI, and 22 runs scored.

The Padres pitching staff is among the best in the bigs with a 3.14 ERA (2nd/MLB) and their bullpen also second in the majors with a 2.76 ERA, behind the Cubs, and even though Melancon blew the save last night, he is 19-for-22 as the Padres’ pen has 22 saves (T/3rd/MLB) and the WHIP is at a 1.13 total (2nd/MLB).

San Diego needs some consistent streaks where the Padres can put together hits and manufacture runs around several home run hitters.

The Padres bat a .232 average (22nd/MLB). It has risen a few points of the duration of a couple of weeks, especially behind a home run laced lineup that has moved forward as well with 77 total (T/16th/MLB).

Fernando Tatis, Jr., has hit 22 home runs to lead the bigs while plating 49 runs after homering in the sixth inning last night.

Reds relief pitching has been a chore as the unit is staggered with a 5.64 ERA which is last in MLB. This portion of the team has a 13-7 record, but much of that mark is due to the ability of the offense to score in late innings as Cincinnati has only 16 saves in 26 chances.

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
Reds +1.5 (-115) +170 O 9 (Ev)
Padres -1.5 (-105) -200 U 9 (-120)

*Odds Courtesy of BetUS Sportsbook

On the Mound

Tony Santillan (0-0, 1.93 ERA) takes the mound for Cincinnati against San Diego’s Chris Paddack (3-5, 4.14 ERA).

Cincinnati Reds LogoSantillan makes his second start after throwing 97 pitches in 4.2 innings and getting a no-decision in the Reds’ 6-2 win over the Rockies on June 13. He only gave up one run on five hits, but his control problems were massive as he threw 45 balls vs. 52 strikes.

San Diego Padres LogoPaddack is 2-2 in his last five with one no-decision. He is generally getting San Diego into the sixth inning where the Padres can turn this over to their bullpen with confidence. Paddack took the win over the Mets in his last start on June 13 where he gave up two runs on six hits and struck out nine in six innings.

The Bets
San Diego Padres -1.5
San Diego Padres
OVER 9 Runs
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Kenneth Cross / Author

Kenneth Cross is a new entry to The Sports Geek staff as he has 25 years of experience in print, broadcast, and internet sports journalism. Cross is a lover of all sports, but college basketball is his passion. He estimates that he has seen around 1,500 college basketball games - live and in-person - and hopes that grows this season. If you listen to Radio, you have likely heard him on Sundays covering the Carolina Panthers for some 20 years. Now in Tampa Bay, he works as a national radio correspondent.

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