MLB Wagering Preview: It will be home run watch No. 600 for Ken Griffey Jr. tonight when the Cincinnati Reds continue their four-game series with the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia tonight. Griffey, currently sitting on 599 career homers should be in the lineup when the teams take the field at 7:05 p.m. ET. The Reds will try to quiet the Phillies bats when they trot out ace RHP Edinson Volquez (7-2, 1.46 ERA) to pitch while the Phillies counter with RHP Brett Myers (3-6, 5.52 ERA). MLB Wagering Oddsmakers at Sportsbook.com currently have the Phillies listed as 109-moneyline favorites versus the Reds, while the game's total is sitting at 9½.
Myers feels he made significant progress in his previous outing, when he allowed three first-inning runs, but no more in an eight-inning stint. He struck out 11 in the game and was pleased with his ability to locate, something he has struggled with all season. He surrendered four runs in five innings to the Reds on April 6.
Volquez pitched six innings and gave up two runs on five hits with three walks and seven strikeouts in receiving a no-decision. It marked just the second time this season that Volquez has given up more than one earned run in a start. He was obviously feeling the affects of pitching 1 2/3 innings in relief during an 18-inning game the previous Sunday against the Padres. Pitching for the third time in a week, his mid-90s fastball hovered in the low-90s for most of the night. His location was also a bit off, as just 59 of his 102 pitches went for strikes. Volquez last faced the Phillies on April 6, when he pitched 5 1/3 innings and gave up one run on five hits with two walks and eight strikeouts in a winning effort. It was hist first win of the season.
Pat Burrell's two-run homer lifted the Phillies past the Reds 3-2 on Tuesday night.
Philadelphia cashed as a -110 home pick 'em as the game played under the 10-run total posted by oddsmakers.
Adam Eaton allowed only one run over 6 2-3 innings to get the win for the Phillies, while Chase Utley went 2-for-3 with a run batted in for Philadelphia.
Edwin Encarnacion was 2-for-4 with a big fly for Cincinnati, as losing pitcher Aaron Harang gave up three runs over six innings for the Reds.
Point-Spreads.com MLB Wagering Pick: Phillies ML -110