Nick Martinez

Nick Martinez

Height: 6-1
Weight: 200 lbs
Age: 33
Cincinnati Reds

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The ScorePadres' bats to come alive vs. Reds

Find year-round coverage of betting news and insights for all sports by visiting our Betting section and subscribing to push notifications.Tuesday was not our day on the diamond, as we won one of four featured bets.We'll look to right the ship with three more plays for Wednesday's busy card.Padres (-125) @ Reds (+105)Although the Padres have been shut out in back-to-back games, their offense has a great chance to make noise against mediocre Reds right-hander Nick Martinez, who's backed by a bottom-10 bullpen in homers and walks allowed.Excepting the past couple of games, the Padres have been hitting righties extremely well of late: They lead the league in batting average and OBP versus right-handed pitchers in May and sit fifth in contact rate. They are filling the basepaths.Facing a back-of-the-rotation arm in the hitter-friendly Great American Ball Park, the Padres should score a handful of runs, providing more than enough support for Michael King.King has conceded one run or less in three of six road starts this season. The other three came against the Dodgers (twice) and the Rockies - in other words, while facing arguably the best offense in the league and pitching in the best run-scoring park in the league.The Reds have plated two runs or fewer against 11 of the past 13 right-handed starters they've faced. They're also hitting just .199 versus righties this month. I don't expect their offense to turn it around against King.Look for the Padres' bats to lead the way in a bounce-back win Wednesday night.Bet: Padres (-125)Chris Bassitt: Under 5.5 hits allowedThe White Sox are a dreadful offensive team. They rank 28th in batting average, home runs, and barrel rate versus right-handed pitching this season. They don't hit for average, nor do they generate much power.Bassitt got knocked around in his first two starts this season, but he's conceded five hits or fewer in five of his last seven games, including four of five on home soil. The only team that's strung together six hits or more against the Blue Jays righty in Toronto is the Dodgers. Call me crazy, but the 15-34 White Sox aren't in the same class.Notably, a lot of Bassitt's struggles this season have come against lefties. The White Sox only have three: Andrew Benintendi (.190 average), Nicky Lopez (.214), and Gavin Sheets (.243), who probably won't cause Bassitt too much trouble collectively.Look for Bassitt to chew up innings while keeping the hit totals down for the White Sox.Odds: +105 (playable to -125)Austin Gomber: Over 1.5 walksGomber's having a miserable time with his control. The Rockies starter walked at least two batters in seven of nine starts this season and 12 of his past 15 dating back to the end of last year. He owns a walk rate of 8.2% this season, which soars over 10% when facing right-handed batters. That's far from ideal heading into a matchup with the Athletics.The Athletics' projected lineup for this game features eight right-handed bats and a switch-hitter who will likely bat from the right side as well. The A's are also doing a great job of drawing walks versus southpaws: Only the Braves and Reds own a higher walk rate against left-handed pitchers over the past two weeks.Look for Oakland to continue that trend versus Gomber.Odds: -120 (playable to -140)Todd Cordell is a sports betting writer at theScore. You can follow him on X at @ToddCordell.Copyright © 2024 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2024

The ScoreOhtani: Elly's 4-hit, 4-steal game 'very impressive performance'

Los Angeles Dodgers superstar Shohei Ohtani was left in awe after Cincinnati Reds phenom Elly De La Cruz went 4-for-4 with a career-high four steals during Thursday's game."He's a really good player," Ohtani said following the Reds' 7-2 win, according to Beth Harris of The Associated Press. "And very impressive performance."De La Cruz, who also scored three runs, now has a staggering 30 stolen bases through 44 games after reaching the mark in the fifth inning: Four stolen bases tonight. 30 on the season.Elly De La Cruz is on a historic pace. MLB (@MLB) May 17, 2024 The 22-year-old has more steals than over half the teams in baseball this season. De La Cruz is also on pace for a total of 110, which hasn't been done since 1985."Every time he takes the field, an at-bat, on the basepaths, I feel like we're witnessing something special," Reds right-hander Nick Martinez said when asked about De La Cruz's performance. "His strength plays in every aspect of the game."De La Cruz is now slashing .277/.378/.516 with nine homers, 22 RBIs, and an MLB-best 30 steals in 2024.Copyright © 2024 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.

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