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Reds vs Phillies – 6/8/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Predictions

Cincinnati Reds vs Philadelphia Phillies MLB Baseball Saturday, June 8, 2019 (4:05pm et) Current Odds: Phillies -134 Total Runs 9

The Philadelphia Phillies will be looking for their fourth straight victory when they host the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday.

Hot-hitting Jay Bruce, who was recently acquired from the Seattle Mariners, homered on Friday for his fourth in four games since joining the Phillies.

Bruce, the No. 12 overall pick by the Reds in the 2005 draft, spent the bulk of his career there before playing with the New York Mets twice and then the Indians and Mariners.

The 32-year-old Bruce now has 18 homers this season.

“It’s definitely been kind of a revolving door for me and hopefully this is a spot where I can land for a little bit and settle in and stick around for a while,” Bruce said.

The Phillies will hand the ball to Nick Pivetta, who is 3-1 with a 6.14 ERA. He is 0-1 with a 4.85 ERA in two career starts against the Reds, both last season.

Last Sunday in Los Angeles against the Dodgers, Pivetta tossed six scoreless innings and allowed three hits while striking out nine.

“It’s nice to get back to the pitcher that I am,” Pivetta told reporters. “I think there’s still room for improvement. There’s always more. Yes, I had a good outing, but it’s the consistency of the baseball game that I need to prove to everybody. To my teammates, this coaching staff, to the fans. And that’s what it’s going to take to move forward.”

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The news isn’t as positive for the banged up bullpen. Hard-throwing Seranthony Dominguez has an ulnar collateral ligament injury in his right elbow and has been placed on the injured list. It’s unclear how long he will be out.

The Reds have lost two straight and four of five, falling to 28-34. Consistency has been a major issue all season as they haven’t been able to put together a three-game winning streak since May 9-11.

“Since 10 days into the season, we’ve been pretty consistent, but the thing is it’s not good enough, either,” Reds manager David Bell said. “That’s just maximizing who we are every day, and hopefully that will lead to a winning streak. We believe it probably will.”

Cincinnati will send Tanner Roark to the mound to face the Phillies. Roark is 4-4 with a 3.47 ERA. Roark had been scheduled to start Friday but was pushed back a day.

On June 1, Roark gave up six hits and four runs in six innings in a 5-2 loss to the Washington Nationals. In a bizarre game, Roark hit his first career home run and also allowed two homers.

Roark had gone six straight starts without giving up a home run before this last appearance. It was a total of 35 1/3 innings without surrendering a homer.

“I knew it was pretty good,” Roark said of his stretch of starts without allowing a home run. “I knew I hadn’t given up one in a long time. At least they were bombs. That’s all I care about.”

Roark is 6-9 with a 4.22 ERA in 22 career games against the Phillies with 20 starts.

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