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Cincinnati Reds vs. Atlanta Braves MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/23/14

Atlanta Braves (68-61) at Cincinnati Reds (61-68)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Great American Ball Park)

Ervin Santana (R) (13-6) (3.708) vs. Mike Leake (R) (9-11) (3.700)

The Line: Cincinnati Reds -105 / Atlanta Braves -105 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS1

The Atlanta Braves and Cincinnati Reds will play Saturday night at Great American Ball Park.

The Atlanta Braves have won seven of their last eight games and are seven games above .500. The Braves pitching staff has allowed three or less runs in eight straight games. Overall, the Atlanta Braves have an ERA of 3.35, which is sixth in baseball, and they’ve won seven of their last eight games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Freddie Freeman has scored four runs in his last two games and Jason Heyward has a five-game hitting streak. Starting is Ervin Santana, who is 13-6 with a 3.71 ERA and has 141 strikeouts in 155.1 innings. This is Santana’s second career game against the Reds.

Cincinnati Reds vs. Atlanta Braves MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/23/14

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The Cincinnati Reds have lost seven straight games and are seven games below .500. The Reds pitching staff has allowed five or more runs in six of their last seven games. Overall, the Cincinnati Reds have an ERA of 3.57, which is 11th in the majors, and they haven’t won a game when allowing four or more runs since July 11th. Offensively, Billy Hamilton has a hit in eight of his last nine games and Brandon Phillips has a hit in seven of his last 10 games. Mike Leake gets the ball, and he’s 9-11 with a 3.65 ERA and has 134 strikeouts in 172.2 innings. Leake is 2-2 with a 2.91 ERA in five career starts against the Braves.

The Braves are 2-5 in Santanas last 7 road starts and 6-1 in Santanas last 7 starts overall. The Reds are 3-8 in Leakes last 11 home starts and 2-6 in Leakes last 8 starts overall. 

The Reds have to snap their losing streak eventually, right? I'll give them a shot at home with Leake on the mound. 

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