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Cincinnati Reds vs. Milwaukee Brewers Pick-Odds-Prediction - 5/1/14

Milwaukee Brewers (20-7) at Cincinnati Reds (12-14)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Great American Ball Park)

Marco Estrada (R) (2-1) (2.872) vs. Homer Bailey (R) (1-2) (6.153)

The Line: Cincinnati Reds -119 / Milwaukee Brewers +109 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-Wisconsin, Ohio

The Milwaukee Brewers head to Great American Ball Park to face NL Central foe Cincinnati.

Milwaukee has been the surprise team of 2014 so far as they sit atop the National League Central with a 20-9 record despite taking a 9-3 loss at St Louis on Wednesday. This was a game the Brewers had been winning as they held a 3-1 lead before the bats went silent and the pitching went south. Matt Garza took the loss with five runs plated on five hits and four BB in only three frames while Wei-Chung Wang tagged four four more in another three innings. The bats mustered nine hits with Mark Reynolds slugging a two run bomb with Carlos Gomez going solo. Milwaukee sends Marco Estrada to the mound in the first game of the series with Cincinnati. Estrad is a reason the Brewers are off to a solid start with a 2-1 record and a 2.87 ERA in five starts.

Cincinnati Reds vs. Milwaukee Brewers Pick-Odds-Prediction - 5/1/14


Cincinnati has yet to get untracked with their dangerous offense still searching for consistent scoring. They didn't get enough offense or pitching in Wednesday's 9-4 defeat at the hands of visiting Chicago. This one looked promising with the Reds up 3-2 after two innings but it was all down hill from there. Starter Tony Cingrani gave up three runs in four innings with Nick Christiani giving up two before Sean Marshall was charged with four 9th inning runs. The Reds totaled seven hits and walked twice with Todd Frazier leading the way with two RBI's while Brayan Pena launched his first long ball of the year. Homer Bailey is scheduled to be on the bump in the series opener versus visiting Milwaukee. Bailey has struggled in the early going with a 1-2 record and 6.15 ERA while posting one quality start.

The thing about Cincinnati is we know they will snap out of the doldrums sooner or later and it could happen here because Bailey is capable. I hope not though as I am backing the hotter hurler on the hotter team...

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Milwaukee +109

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