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Cincinnati Reds vs. Chicago White Sox September 28 Betting Preview
The Cincinnati Reds (82-75) will travel to Chicago for a tough two-game series against the Chicago White Sox (89-68) on Tuesday at 8:10 pm EST. These will be the last two games of the month for these two teams.
The White Sox have clinched the AL Central with the next closest team being the Cleveland Indians 11.5 games back. The Reds are hopelessly chasing the St. Louis Cardinals for the last wild card spot in the National League.
The Reds will need to win every game and the Cardinals will need to lose every game for the Reds to tie for the last spot. St Louis has a tough series against the Brewers but then finishes the season against the struggling 67-89 Chicago Cubs.
The White Sox are a 1.5 run favorite at home against the Reds in Tuesday night’s matchup with odds of +110 at that spread. The Reds at -1.5 have odds of -130 to cover that spread. The over/under for the game is 9.5 total runs with +100 odds to bet the over and -120 to bet the under.
The Moneyline for the Reds and the White Sox is +150 and -170, respectively. You can expect the Reds to play hard in this one as a loss will end their playoff hopes. The White Sox will be playing for the win to give them a better position in the final AL standings.
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For the second straight day, it is expected that the Reds will be starting a new pitcher, making their Major League debut. Riley O'Brien will be the man on the hump for the Reds. He has been inconsistent this season and currently has a 4.55 ERA pitching 112.2 innings and striking out 121.
He has a walk rate of 11.2 percent which explains his inconsistency and lack of control this season. He will be hoping that his best performance comes out on Tuesday night.
Reynaldo Lopez is expected to make the start for the White Sox. He is 3-3 thus far this season with a 3.16 ERA and 51 strikeouts. Lopez has spent some time in the bullpen, but the White Sox are transitioning him into a starter. He went only 3.1 innings giving up 2 runs on 4 hits in his last outing.
Reds’ Season Struggles
This will likely go down as another frustrating season as a Reds’ fan if the Reds lose or the Cardinals win. What makes it worse is that the Reds were in the best position for the past 2 months to take this wild card spot. They had one of the easiest remaining schedules and the Cardinals had some of the hardest.
They have played some good baseball this season and have had great moments especially since they weren’t projected to be anywhere near the playoff race. Although this wasn’t the result Reds’ fans wanted, they should be happy with the resilience of this team with injuries and the media doubting them once again.
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