Cincinnati Reds vs Boston Red Sox Picks and Predictions June 23rd 2024

Cincinnati Reds vs Boston Red Sox MLB Sun, Jun 23, 13:40 pm.
Cincinnati Reds
ML: -165
4
7
Boston Red Sox
ML: 140
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Reds Turn to Nick Lodolo in Series Finale vs. Red Sox

The Cincinnati Reds are set to showcase one of the National League’s hottest pitchers, Nick Lodolo, in the series finale against the Boston Red Sox on Sunday. With Lodolo on a remarkable run of form, the Reds aim to secure the rubber match of this three-game series after both teams split the first two games. Meanwhile, the Red Sox, on a winning streak of their own, will counter with a bullpen game led by Zack Kelly.

Nick Lodolo’s Dominant Form

Nick Lodolo (8-2, 2.76 ERA) has been a standout performer for the Reds, winning his last five consecutive starts with impressive control and consistency. In his latest outing, Lodolo pitched seven strong innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates, allowing just one run and striking out eight without issuing a walk.

“I thought, overall, I just felt in control,” Lodolo said after his last victory. “I just want to go out there and give us a good chance to win.”

Over his past five outings, Lodolo has limited opponents to just seven runs in 30 1/3 innings. Although he faced a tough start against the Red Sox earlier in his career, allowing three runs in five innings, his current form suggests he’s ready for redemption.

Reds’ Recent Performance

The Reds started the series with a 5-2 victory on Friday but stumbled on Saturday, losing 4-3 after squandering a three-run lead. Cincinnati has struggled recently, holding a 2-5 record in their last seven games. Manager David Bell emphasized the team’s commitment to aggressive baserunning, despite some recent mistakes on the bases.

“We’re going to be an aggressive baserunning team,” Bell said. “We have to continue to learn from each thing and get every edge on the bases.”

Red Sox’s Winning Streak

Boston has been on a hot streak, winning six of their last seven games and improving to 4-1 on their current road trip with Saturday’s win. Rafael Devers’ sacrifice fly broke a 3-3 tie, highlighting the collective effort of the team.

“A good team win,” Boston’s Rob Refsnyder said. “Just looking back at it, it feels like everyone contributed.”

Key Pitching Matchup

Nick Lodolo (Reds)

  • Record: 8-2, 2.76 ERA
  • Recent Performance: Seven innings, one run, eight strikeouts against Pittsburgh.
  • Career vs. Red Sox: 0-1, 5.40 ERA.

Zack Kelly (Red Sox)

  • Record: 2-1, 1.75 ERA
  • Role: Expected to start in a bullpen game.
  • Career vs. Reds: 0.00 ERA in two appearances (1 1/3 innings).

Game Dynamics and Strategies

The Reds will rely on Lodolo’s hot streak to control the game and provide a strong start. Cincinnati’s aggressive baserunning will be crucial in creating scoring opportunities. The Red Sox, with Zack Kelly leading a bullpen game, will look to maintain their recent form and leverage their bullpen’s depth.

Conclusion

The series finale between the Reds and Red Sox promises to be an exciting matchup, with Nick Lodolo aiming to extend his winning streak and Zack Kelly looking to provide a solid start for Boston. Both teams have shown strong performances recently, making this a pivotal game in the series.

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Sun, Jun 23, 08:06 am.
spread
moneyline
over/under
Cincinnati Reds
-1.5
115
-165
O 9.5
105
Boston Red Sox
+1.5
-140
140
U 9.5
-125
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