The Philadelphia Phillies and Cincinnati Reds kicked off their second series matchup of the season on Monday when the Phillies grabbed a 7-0 victory. The Reds took two of three games at Citizens Bank Park at the beginning of April. Stop us if you've heard this before, but the Phillies and Atlanta Braves are battling it out at the top of the National League East, while the Reds are third in the National League Central. It is time to continue our MLB odds series with a Phillies-Reds prediction, pick, and how-to-watch.

Spencer Turnbull has been the Phillies' best pitcher this season, allowing an earned run in just one of four starts. He went four innings against the Pirates on April 13th, earning a no-decision after allowing four hits and three earned runs. His other three starts have been 16 innings combined, allowing just eight hits and no earned runs. He is 2-0 overall, but the Phillies have won in all four starts. The Phillies stay on the road this weekend with a trip to California to take on the Padres and then the Angels.

Nick Lodolo has been out of the rotation since last May when he suffered a left tibia injury. He was going to start the season but a calf injury in spring training slowed his progress. Lodolo made his season debut on April 13th, throwing 5 2/3 innings of one-hit ball, earning a 5-0 win. His second start against the Angels didn't go as smoothly, allowing seven hits over 6 1/3 innings. However, he limited the damage, allowed one earned run, and was credited with the win.

Here are the MLB Odds, courtesy of FanDuel. 

MLB Odds: Phillies-Reds Odds

Philadelphia Phillies: -1.5 (+158)

Moneyline: -102

Cincinnati Reds: +1.5 (-192)

Moneyline: -116

Over: 9 (-104)

Under: 9 (-118)

How to Watch Phillies vs. Reds

Time: 6:40 PM ET/3:40 PM PT


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Why The Phillies Will Cover The Spread/Win

The Phillies are catching fire after a slower start to the season, and have a favorable matchup in the series' final two games. The Phillies have been hitting well against left-handed pitching, batting .344 and averaging 11 runs per/nine over their last five games.

Lodolo looked good in his first couple of starts but has faced lesser competition in the White Sox and Angels. The White Sox are on pace to be a historically bad offense, getting shutout in eight of 22 games.

The Phillies have won seven consecutive games going into Tuesday, beating up the Rockies and White Sox at home. Philadelphia has spent most of their season at home but owns a 5-2 record on the road.

Why The Reds Will Cover The Spread/Win

It's been an up-and-down stretch for the Reds. They swept the White Sox on the road before getting swept by the Mariners in the following series. Then, they returned home to face the Angels and dominated them, earning another series sweep. The Reds have been good at beating teams that are at their level but are struggling to step up in competition.

The Phillies lost some of their lineup depth when Bryce Harper joined the paternity list on Monday. It hasn't been announced whether he will return to the lineup in time for Wednesday.

Final Phillies-Reds Prediction & Pick

The Phillies pitching staff is having one of the best starts to a season ever. Their starting pitchers have allowed four earned runs in 51 2/3 innings over the past seven games. They've limited their mistakes by totaling just nine walks compared to 53 strikeouts. The Reds' offense doesn't have enough firepower to get to the Phillies pitchers, and the Phillies are mashing against left-handed pitching. Take the Phillies to win big and continue their successful run.

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Final Phillies-Reds Prediction & Pick: Phillies -1.5 (+158)