The Cincinnati Reds and Seattle Mariners meet in Spring Training action at the Peoria Stadium in Arizona on Thursday.
The Reds are next to last in the Cactus League standings with their 8-12 record. Cincinnati enters this game having lost seven out of their last dozen preseason games but head to this game having won two in a row. The Reds are five games behind the Cactus League leaders.
Matt Bowman gets the start for the Reds on Thursday. The 27-year old right hander has seen limited action in Spring Training, having pitched just a total of three innings without a decision. Last season, Bowman came off the bullpen a total of 22 times and was 0-2 with an ERA of 6.26 and a WHIP of 1.74 in a total of 23 innings pitched.
Kyle Farmer and Phillip Ervin lead the Reds in Spring Training with 15 and 14 hits, respectively. The two have combined for a total of 16 RBIs while Ervin leads Cincinnati with five homers in preseason play. Yasiel Puig leads the team with 13 RBIs from 13 hits including four homers.
Cincinnati Reds vs Seattle Mariners 3/21/19 Odds
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The Seattle Mariners are in the middle of the pack in the Cactus league with their 8-9 record and are 3.5 games off the leaders San Diego Padres. Seattle has won just five out of their last 13 preseason games and enter this game having lost their last outing.
Seattle’s starting pitcher for this exhibition game hasn’t been named yet as of this writing. However, the Mariners’ pitching staff has an ERA of 5.01 and a WHIP of 1.48 in Spring Training while yielding a league low 184 hits over 17 games played.
Right fielder Jay Bruce leads the Mariners in the preseason with 13 hits in 30 at bats (.433). Bruce also has 6 RBIs and two home runs for Seattle. Meanwhile, Braden Bishop leads the team with 12 RBIs on 12 hits. Bishop and center fielder Kyle Lewis each have three home runs behind Domingo Santana who leads Seattle in preseason with four homers.
With the regular season already underway for the Mariners who are playing the Oakland Athletics in the Japan Series, their top preseason performers have been pulled out and are in Tokyo. That said, the Reds should have the edge here and they also enter this game with a two game winning streak. I’m picking the Cincinnati Reds to beat the Seattle Mariners on 3/21/19.