Matchup : Philadelphia Phillies vs. Cincinnati Reds
Date/Time: April 15th, 7:10 PM ET
MLB Betting Odds from Sportsbook.AG
Probable Starters: Lee (Philadelphia) vs. Arroyo (Cincinnati)
Moneyline: Philadelphia -120
A three-game set at the Great American Ballpark opens up on Monday night for MLB betting fans, as the Cincinnati Reds play host to the Philadelphia Phillies.
The Phillies are off to a sluggish start to this season, but at least they were able to get a great pitching performance out of RHP Roy Halladay for a rare win on Sunday in Miami. The team scored just six runs in three games in South Beach against the Miami Marlins, and better is going to be expected this week for sure. The good news is that LHP Cliff Lee is going to be on the bump, and if he pitches the same way that he has over the course of his first two starts of the season, this is going to be another great game for the Phils. Lee has completed at least eight innings in each of his last two starts, and he has 16.2 frames with just three runs (two earned) allowed in those outings. He has 14 strikeouts in that time, he hasn't issued a walk, and only 10 men have reached base. We do remain concerned though, that Lee might be on the verge of burning out. He is going to be 34 years old this season, and the fact of the matter is that he can't continue to throw this many pitches and keep his left arm attached to the rest of his body.
Cincinnati has to be glad to be out of Pittsburgh. The team was smashed over the course of the last few days, getting outscored 19-6 by the Pittsburgh Pirates, and they are back at home, where they got off to such a great start the season at 4-2 in their first two series of the year. The ball gets turned over to RHP Bronson Arroyo on Monday for his third start to the campaign. It's clear that Manager Dusty Baker knows what he is getting from his righty. Save for the 2011 season when he was awful, Arroyo has given Cincy at least 200 innings, around a 3.70-3.90 ERA, and between 12 and 17 wins. He's on pace for all of that this season as well. The righty has allowed seven runs in 12 innings, and though that's a tad higher than we would like to see, the season is still young. He's got a win, he's got a loss, but he's got two games in which the Reds were competitive while he was in there.
Arroyo is the type of pitcher that will figure out how to beat Lee. Don't ask us how he is going to do it, but he is the type of man that finds a way to keep hanging around and hanging around until late in the game. Once the Cincinnati bullpen takes over, we have to think that better things are coming than what we saw from RHP Jonathan Broxton on Sunday when he allowed six runs in an outing.
Philadelphia Phillies @ Cincinnati Reds Pick: Cincinnati Reds +112