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#953 San Diego Padres 9 vs.
#954 Cincinnati Reds -150
Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at 7:10pm EDT
Written by Ricky Dimon



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The Cincinnati Reds and San Diego Padres will continue a three-game series when they meet again at the Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati on Tuesday night.

Quantrill cooking

The Padres have won three straight games, all on the road, and they are one win shy of matching a season-high for consecutive victories away from home. First baseman Eric Hosmer went 0-for-4, snapping a seven-game hitting streak during which he was 13-for-29 with a home run, four RBIs, and five runs scored.

Rookie right-hander Cal Quantrill (6-3, 3.23 ERA) is taking the mound for San Diego on Tuesday after going 4-1 with a 1.31 ERA in his last six games (five starts). Quantrill allowed two runs and three hits with four strikeouts in 5.1 innings while throwing a career-high 108 pitches in Wednesday’s 7-2 victory over Tampa Bay. The 24-year-old Canadian has lost just once in his last 14 outings (nine starts), lowing his ERA by 2.17.

Galvis picking up the slack

Cincinnati right fielder Aristides Aquino tries to break out of the first slump in his brief career when the Reds host San Diego on Tuesday. Aquino, who became the first rookie since 1900 to hit 11 home runs in his first 17 games, is 2-for-16 in his last four contests–both homers–after going 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in Monday’s 3-1 loss to the Padres. Second baseman Freddy Galvis went 2-for-4 with a home run in Monday’s win and is 11-for-25 with two homers, four RBIs and five runs scored in seven games since joining the Reds.

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Right-hander Sonny Gray (8-6, 2.98 ERA), who owns an 18-inning scoreless streak over his last three outings, will oppose Quantrill on Tuesday.

“He’s throwing so many strikes; I think that keeps guys on the defensive from the start,” Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart said. “Obviously, everybody knows how good his breaking ball is. From a hitter’s perspective, when you’re facing him, you don’t want to get behind. When he’s able to get ahead like that, he’s able to put you away pretty quickly.”

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Gray has recorded 24 strikeouts in his last three starts (2-0). He is sporting a 1.12 WHIP and 2.06 batting average against this season and is 5-1 with a 1.59 ERA in his last nine outings. Cincinnati shortstop Jose Iglesias went 1-for-4 on Monday to extend his hitting streak to 14 games–four shy of his career-best 18-game run in 2013. San Diego is 2-5 in the last seven meetings between the two teams. The Reds are 13-3 in Gray’s last 16 starts, 6-0 in his last six home starts, and 4-1 in his last five starts on four days of rest.

Prediction: Cincinnati Reds

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Quantrill has struck out 61 against 19 walks this season–25 and six in his last six appearances over 34.1 innings. The under is 13-6-2 in the Padres’ last 21 against starters with WHIPs under 1.15 and 4-1 in Quantrill’s last five starts. It is also 22-8-3 in the Reds’ last 33 against starters with WHIPs under 1.15. Additionally, the under is 4-0 in the last four meetings between the two teams. Look for this one to stay under the total.

Prediction: Under

Written By Ricky Dimon

A 2006 graduate of Davidson College, Ricky is based in Atlanta, Georgia. Prior to joining the Winners & Whiners Staff, he worked with various websites in the sports handicapping industry and is generally a fan of going with the hot hand while in most cases showing a willingness to take favorites and give the points. Beyond the four major sports, Ricky is an avid tennis fan—and writer—and covers the ATP Tour on a daily basis.