The San Diego Padres (43-60) and Cincinnati Reds (61-40) will open up a four-game National League series on Monday night at the Great American Ball Park, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:10 ET

San Diego Padres at Cincinnati Reds

San Diego Padres SP Edinson Volquez will face his former team for the second time this year

San Diego was unable to hold a two-run lead in dropping a 5-4 contest to the Miami Marlins on Sunday, as the club suffered its first series loss in South Florida since 2008.  “In these types of games, it comes down to whoever gets the big hit in the end,” stated Padres manager Bud Black.  The Padres stranded 14 men on base and went 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position.  Despite the most recent setback, the team is 14-10 in July, winning nine of 16 since the break.  San Diego is 33-27 on the road when the total is 8 to 8.5 since 2010.

Padres starting pitcher Edinson Volquez (6-7, 3.30 ERA) has led the club to five wins in his last six starts, but failed to earn a decision in a 3-2 road loss to the San Francisco Giants in his last effort.  The right-hander is 3-3 with a 3.96 ERA in nine road outings, issuing 35 walks and striking out 45 batters in 52.1 combined innings.  Volquez led the team to a 2-1 home win over the Reds in his only career start against them on July 5, allowing one run and five hits over seven strong innings.

Cincinnati returns home as the hottest team in baseball, winning 10 consecutive games overall, including all six on a recent road trip against the Houston Astros and Colorado Rockies.  The Reds offense came alive in the Mile High City, scoring 19 runs in three games, while the starting rotation compiled a 5-0 record and 2.21 ERA in that span.  “I’m always talking about the perfect road trip, finally had one,” stated Reds manager Dusty Baker after the game.  Cincinnati is 3-4 as a home favorite of -150 to -175, with the “under” going 5-2 in those contests.

Reds starting pitcher Mike Leake (4-6, 4.12 ERA) has led the club to three consecutive victories, including a 4-2 road win over the Houston Astros, allowing two runs and seven hits over eight frames.  The right-hander is 1-3 with a 5.40 ERA in 10 home starts, surrendering 11 home runs in 55 combined innings.  Leake began the year with a career-high five-game losing streak, but has gone 4-1 with a 3.02 ERA over his last 13 outings.  He will be facing the Padres for the first time in his career.

Sports bettors will likely back the Padres due to their 6-2 mark as a road underdog of +110 to +150, while the Reds are 1-4 in Leake’s last five efforts on five days of rest.

Pick: San Diego Padres +135

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