The Philadelphia Phillies salvaged a win on Thursday afternoon to avoid getting swept by the Los Angeles Dodgers, and now they’ll play host to the Cincinnati Reds and the scorching-hot Joey Votto for the weekend.
What Time is the Phillies Game Today?
First pitch today is scheduled for 7:05 PM Eastern.
What Channel is the Phillies Game on Today?
Today’s Phillies game is available on NBC Sports Philadelphia, Bally Sports Ohio, Bally Sports Midwest, Bally Sports South, Bally Sports Indiana, and MLB.TV (blackout restrictions may apply).
The Phillies are -165 on the moneyline (bet $165 to win $100), while the Reds are +140 (bet $100 to win $140).
The spread has the Phillies at -1.5 at +120 (bet $100 to win $120), while the Reds are +1.5 at -140 (bet $140 to win $100).
If you’re into betting the total amount of runs, the over/under is 8.5 runs today. It’s -105 on the over (bet $105 to win $100) and -115 on the under (bet $115 to win $100).
Phillies Pitcher Today: Zack Wheeler
The last time Zack Wheeler took the mound, he threw a complete-game shutout in honor of Roy Halladay. He’s the probable NL Cy Young, having the kind of season that makes the New York Mets want to cry.
Wheeler’s ERA currently sits at 2.42, a career-best by a wide margin, and he leads MLB in complete games (3), shutouts (2), innings pitched (156.0), and strikeouts (181). He’s faced the Reds four times throughout his career, and has a 2.52 ERA against them, with 23 strikeouts over 25 innings. Wheeler has held Reds lineups to a .245/.327/.298 line and .625 OPS.
He’s going up against Tyler Mahle, who went seven innings without issuing a walk and struck out 10 in his last start against the Pirates. However, Mahle gets knocked around by the Phils, so hopefully, that continues on Friday night. He hasn’t faced them this season, but he has a 7.50 ERA over two games against them in his career. Over just six total innings, he’s given up 10 hits, six runs (five earned), and three home runs, only striking out five of 30 Phillies batters faced.
Phillies Starting Lineup
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Phillies vs Reds Prediction Today
According to our friends at Blog Red Machine, the Reds have only won one of their last eight series in Philadelphia.
Hopefully, Votto and Harper each hit a bomb or two, but the Phillies pull off an opening win. With Wheeler on the mound, you know I’m picking the Fightin’s.
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