Cincinnati can tie Washington for the lead in the National League by winning the final game played in Philadelphia against the struggling Phillies. They have their best pitcher on the mound to accomplish this and Johnny Cueto has plenty of reasons to play his best tonight. By winning this fixture he will become the first player in MLB to win 17 games and turn into a major contender for the Cy Young trophy.
Bet: Over 7,5 runs
Odds: bet365 2.25
The opportunity is huge but so is the pressure on his shoulders and even though he didn’t let down his teammates lately, this is the most difficult game for Cueto. He is used to pitching deep in the game, but against the Phillies you never know what card you draw, and the deck is full of dangerous ones. There are simply so many hitters to watch for and so many homerun experts that pitchers are constantly trying to figure out whether to walk a guy or not. Johnny Cueto is not the pitcher to be easily scared, but this is what makes the hosts’ sluggers even more dangerous and raises questions about a low scoring game.
A late rally for Cole Hamels
Philadelphia is not going to roll over and let the visitors escape with a series win, even though the most they can hope for is to tie the series. They have an ace on the mound as well and Cole Hamels makes a final push for a Cy Young trophy that evaded him for way too long. He might not have the same number of victories as his counterpart and his ERA is slightly higher, but he is still a player to be reckoned with.
Hamels conceded an average of one run per game in the last three outings, but in two of them he pitched all the nine innings and allowed no run. He didn’t lose so far against the Reds, but this time he will face an in-form Jay Bruce who caused Philadelphia a great deal of pain lately. On the other hand, the Reds have a slugger that worries them as well, as Ryan Howard was batting .440 for six consecutive games, until he recently cooled off.
The starting pitchers suggest that we’ll have a tight game with few runs scored, but as always when two star players square-off the bookies are leaving their guard down. Bet365 offer odds of 2.25 for a number of more than 7.5 runs to be scored and this is arguably the best choice for someone willing to invest money on this match.