Michael Lorenzen (1-1, 3.06 ERA) and Odrisamer Despaigne (3-3, 4.56 ERA) are on the hill in the second of a three-game series between the Cincinnati Reds (23-30) and the San Diego Padres (28-28) at the Great American Ball Park. The Padres won the last game 6-2 and San Diego leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 4:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jun. 6 and can be seen on FSN-SD and FSN-OH.
Lorenzen pitched 0.0 inning in his last outing, surrendering zero runs in a 5-4 defeat to the Phillies. Joey Votto (.289, 24 Rs, 10 HRs, 30 RBIs, 5 SBs) went 1 for 2 yesterday with two RBIs. Despaigne went 8.0 innings, surrendering one run, striking out four and walking one in a 7-1 win over the Pirates in his most recent start. Justin Upton (.299, 36 Rs, 12 HRs, 37 RBIs, 11 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run.
Cincinnati is a -121 favorite against San Diego and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at eight runs. The Reds have an overall money line of -743 and a record as the favorite of 13-10. Cincinnati leads the MLB in steals, swiping 54 bases.
In the other locker room, San Diego is coming in with an overall money line of -130 and a disappointing record of 11-19 as the underdog.
The Padres have the edge in the season series, 1-0. The Reds have a 17-22 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Despaigne takes the mound. Lorenzen (RHP) will be on the hill against the Padres, who have a 19-23 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - CIN, O/U - Over
Cincinnati has won 38% (8-13) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, San Diego has won 59% (17-12) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Reds are coming off of a weak pitching game where they recorded five strikeouts. The Padres have a record of 8-2 when opponents' pitchers have that many strikeouts or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Padres are 4-23. The Reds have a 6-21 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 20th in home runs, San Diego has hit 46 this season. Cincinnati ranks seventh with 59 home runs.
Ranking 12th, Cincinnati is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.04 per game. San Diego ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 8.51.
Ranking 26th, San Diego is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.679). Cincinnati ranks in the bottom half at 17th with an OPS of .703.
The Padres are 15-21 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Reds are 12-23 when they allow at least one homer.