Ian Kennedy (6-10, 4.49 ERA) and David Holmberg (1-0, 3.27 ERA) are on the hill in the first of a three-game series between the San Diego Padres (52-60) and the Cincinnati Reds (49-60) at Petco Park. The Padres come into this series hoping to snap a six-game losing streak. Action begins at 10:10 p.m. ET on Monday, Aug. 10 and can be seen on FSOH and FSSD.
Kennedy pitched 7.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering four runs and striking out seven in an 8-5 defeat to the Brewers. Will Venable (.261, 34 Rs, 6 HRs, 28 RBIs, 10 SBs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 3 for 4 with one RBI. Holmberg went 5.0 innings, surrendering two runs, striking out three and walking three in a 4-3 defeat to the Cardinals in his most recent start.
San Diego is a -144 favorite against Cincinnati and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at seven runs. The Padres have an overall money line of -816 and a record as the favorite of 26-22. San Diego has gone winless in its last 10 as the favorite. The Padres are one of the best in the MLB in terms of extra base hits with 289.
In the other locker room, Cincinnati is coming in with an overall money line of -979 and a disappointing record of 22-39 as the underdog. The Reds are an excellent base-stealing team with an MLB-best 104 stolen bases. The Reds allow 4.3 runs per game, but have improved upon those numbers in the past 10 games, allowing 2.8 runs per game during that span. When it comes to preventing batters from getting hits, the Reds are fifth in the NL with an average of 8.3 hits allowed per game.
The Padres lead the season series, 2-1. The Padres have a 12-11 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Holmberg takes the mound. Kennedy (RHP) will be on the hill against the Reds, who have a 37-46 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - SD, O/U - Over
In their last game, the Reds lost by a margin of one run. The Padres are 15-16 in one-run games. The Reds have a 17-21 record in close games.
The Padres are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Reds have a 6-13 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Reds are 8-40. The Padres have a 9-43 record when opponents outhit them.
San Diego ranks near the bottom of the league at 21st when it comes to home runs, hitting 96 this season. Cincinnati ranks in the top 10 at ninth with 117.
Ranking 14th, San Diego is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.13 per game. Cincinnati ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 8.60.
Ranking 30th, San Diego is at the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.668). Cincinnati ranks in the top half at 14th with an OPS of .713.
The Reds are 20-45 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Padres are 29-41 when they allow at least one homer.