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Reds vs Phillies Free Pick August 23 2012

The playoff races in their respective divisions are heating up in both the American and National Leagues. One race that is on the verge of breaking wide open is the National League Central. The Cincinnati Reds have taken complete control of the division. The Reds own an eight game lead over the St. Louis Cardinals and an 8 ½ game lead over the third place Pittsburgh Pirates.

Cincinnati has won two straight games and is 7-3 over their last ten. Tonight the Reds end a four game set against the Philadelphia Phillies in the city of brotherly love. The Phillies won the first game on Monday night 12-5, but Cincinnati has taken the last two games winning by a single run in each game. The Reds have had problems winning in Philly, as they had dropped 10 of 11 games prior to winning the last two.  

Tonight the Reds will have their ace, Johnny Cueto facing the Phillies. Cueto has a record this season of 16-6 with a 2.44 ERA. He is one of the leading candidates for the Cy Young Award thus far in the season and he leads the NL in ERA. Over his past 16 innings, the right hander has given up just two earned runs.

Philadelphia will not be playing in the post season this year, but can act as a spoiler as they head towards the last quarter of the season. Tonight Philly will send Cole Hamels to face the Reds. Hamels has a record this season of 14-5 with a 2.94 ERA. His strikeout total of 168 places him fourth in the league. He has only allowed three runs to score in his past 25 2/3 innings of work. Over that span, he threw two consecutive shutouts and in the third game allowed only three runs for the win. With a win in tonight’s game, Hamels will match a career high for wins in a season with 15.

The line currently has Philly favored at home at -115, but the Reds are at just -105. The run total is currently at 7. The game will be low scoring and close. Take the Reds to win a squeaker with the total making the UNDER crowd happy.

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Thursday, August 23rd, 2012 2012, Baseball

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