Reds vs. Athletics Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets - Friday, April 28, 2023

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Reds vs. Athletics Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets – Friday, April 28, 2023

MLB Predictions

The Cincinnati Reds (10-15) will vie for their fourth straight victory when they visit the Oakland Athletics (5-21) on Friday at 9:40 PM ET on NBCS-CA. The Reds are listed as -113 favorites by oddsmakers, while the Athletics are -106 underdogs.

Luis Cessa starts for Cincinnati while Drew Rucinski is Oakland’s starter for the contest.

Reds vs. Athletics Odds

  • Reds odds to win: -113
  • Athletics odds to win: -106
  • Spread: Reds -1.5
  • Total: 9 runs

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Game Time and Information

  • Date: Friday, April 28, 2023
  • Time: 9:40 PM ET

Who Will Win Reds vs. Athletics?

Reds and Athletics Betting Trends

The Reds have won three of the five games they were listed as the moneyline favorite this season (60%).

When it has played as moneyline favorites with odds of -113 or shorter, Cincinnati has gone 3-1 (75%).

This season, the Athletics have been the underdog 26 times and won five, or 19.2%, of those games.

Oakland has a record of 5-21, a 19.2% win rate, when it’s set as an underdog of -106 or more by bookmakers this season.

In the 25 games in which bookmakers have set an over/under for the Reds, they have combined with opponents to go over the total 13 times (13-12-0).

So far this season, the Athletics and their opponents have hit the over in 17 of their 26 games with a total.

Reds Stats & Insights

The Reds are the 21st-highest scoring team in baseball averaging 4.3 runs per game (107 total).

Cincinnati is third-worst in MLB play with 16 home runs.

The Reds rank 20th in MLB with a .237 batting average.

Cincinnati strikes out 9.5 times per game, the No. 21 average in baseball.

The 9.6 strikeouts per nine innings compiled by the Reds pitching staff ranks fifth in MLB.

Cincinnati’s 5.02 team ERA ranks 25th among all MLB pitching staffs.

Athletics Stats & Insights

The Athletics rank 23rd in the majors with 99 total runs scored this season.

Oakland’s 29 home runs rank 14th in Major League Baseball.

The Athletics have a team batting average of just .223 this season, which ranks 26th among MLB teams.

Oakland ranks 21st in strikeouts per game (9.1) among MLB offenses.

The Athletics average just 9.6 strikeouts per nine innings as a pitching staff, worst in the league.

Oakland pitchers have a combined ERA of 8.01 ERA this year, which ranks 30th in MLB.

Reds Key Players to Watch

Cessa makes the start for the Reds, his fifth of the season. He is 0-3 with a 10.80 ERA and seven strikeouts in 16 2/3 innings pitched.

Jonathan India has been key for Cincinnati with one home run, 10 RBI and a batting average of .281 this season.

TJ Friedl leads Cincinnati in batting average (.298) and home runs (two) this season, while also driving in 11 runs.

Spencer Steer leads Cincinnati in home runs with two. He’s driven in nine runs and is slugging .416.

Jake Fraley leads Cincinnati in runs batted in with 12 while batting .214.

Athletics Key Players to Watch

Rucinski will make his first start of the season for the Athletics.

Brent Rooker leads the Athletics with seven home runs and 18 runs batted in.

Shea Langeliers has two doubles, six home runs and six walks while hitting .222.

Esteury Ruiz paces the Athletics with a team-high batting average of .258.

Tony Kemp is hitting .163 with two doubles, a home run and 11 walks.

Reds and Athletics Injuries

Reds: Wil Myers: 10 Day IL (Undisclosed), Joey Votto: 10 Day IL (Bicep/shoulder), Connor Overton: 15 Day IL (Elbow), Tony Santillan: 60 Day IL (Back), Vladimir Gutierrez: 60 Day IL (Elbow), Tejay Antone: 60 Day IL (Elbow), Justin Dunn: 60 Day IL (Shoulder)

Athletics: Ramón Laureano: 10 Day IL (Hamstring), Seth Brown: 10 Day IL (Oblique), Manny Piña: 10 Day IL (Wrist), Trevor May: 15 Day IL (Personal), Adrian Martinez: 15 Day IL (Elbow), Drew Rucinski: 15 Day IL (Undisclosed), Paul Blackburn: 15 Day IL (Finger), Dany Jimenez: 60 Day IL (Shoulder), Freddy Tarnok: 60 Day IL (Undisclosed), Kirby Snead: 60 Day IL (Shoulder)

Reds vs. Athletics Prediction

  • Score Prediction: Reds 7, Athletics 4
  • Total Prediction: Over 9 runs
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