Free MLB Picks Today: Baltimore Orioles vs Cincinnati Reds 6/26/23

Free MLB Picks Today: Baltimore Orioles vs Cincinnati Reds 6/26/23
Mon 26th June 2023

The Cincinnati Reds (41-37) are on the road to face the Baltimore Orioles (47-29) at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on Monday for the opener of a three-game Interleague series.

The Reds are heading on the road after a productive six-game homestand (4-2). They won only one out of three in their last series against the Braves, dropping the finale 7-6 on Sunday at Great American Ball Park.

Matt McLain was 4 for 5 with a home run and three doubles. He scored two runs and had five RBIs. The Orioles are in the midst of a nine-game homestand.

They won two of three against the Mariners in their last series, taking the finale 3-2 on Sunday at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Jorge Mateo went 1 for 2 with a double and two runs.

The teams are meeting for the first time this season. In 2022, the Reds won two of the three games between the teams.

ON THE MOUND

Brandon Williamson (1-0, 5.40 ERA) is set to start for Cincinnati. The southpaw allowed three runs over five innings in his last start, a 5-4 road win over the Rockies on June 19. He scattered six hits while striking out five in the no-decision.

For Baltimore, left-hander Cole Irvin (1-3, 7.71 ERA) is on the mound. In his last appearance on Wednesday, Irvin pitched out of the bullpen on the road against the Rays. He threw one inning and gave up one run on two hits, striking out two and walking one in the 7-2 loss.

AT THE PLATE

The Cincinnati offense is averaging 4.9 runs per game for the season, with a slash line of .256/.335/.411. Spencer Steer leads the team in OPS at .829.

The third baseman is slashing .271/.357/.473 with 11 home runs, 43 RBIs, and 40 runs over 75 games. Over the last five games, though, Cincinnati has averaged 7.2 runs a game while slashing better across the board (.296/.380/.592).

Against southpaws like Irvin this season, the Reds have a .762 OPS. Kevin Newman is the team’s strongest hitter against left-handers with a .939 OPS in 68 at-bats.

Baltimore is slashing .253/.320/.426 for the season and averaging 4.9 runs per game. Austin Hays leads the team with a .866 OPS. The center fielder has eight home runs, 31 RBIs, and 40 runs scored with a slash line of .318/.356/.510.

The O’s have a .759 OPS against left-handers in 2023. With a 1.017 OPS over 74 at-bats, Ryan Mountcastle has been their best hitter against left-handers.

HOME AND AWAY

Cincinnati is on an eight-game winning streak in road games, bringing their record to 20-17 in 2023. The Reds have scored 4.9 runs per game away from home while allowing 4.6 runs.

Baltimore has gone 24-14 at their home ballpark this season, averaging 4.5 runs per game while surrendering 4.3. Baltimore is 5-1 in six games between the teams at Oriole Park at Camden Yards with an average scoreline of 6.2-5.0.

STANDINGS UPDATE

The Reds lead the NL Central by one game over the Brewers. The Orioles are second in the AL East, four games behind the Rays.

SportsTips’ MLB Pick:

Baltimore Orioles (-145)

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