Cincinnati Reds vs. Atlanta Braves MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 8/24/14
Atlanta Braves (68-62) at Cincinnati Reds (62-68)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, August 24, 2014 at 1:10 pm (Great American Ball Park)
Aaron Harang (R) (10-7) (3.635) vs. Alfredo Simon (R) (12-8) (3.346)
The Line: Cincinnati Reds +100 / Atlanta Braves -110 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSSO, FSOH
The Cincinnati Reds and Atlanta Braves wrap up their four game series from Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati on Sunday afternoon.
The Atlanta Braves were shut out 1-0 last night in Cincinnati as their inconsistent offense that ranks 22nd in the league in runs mustered just three total hits. Despite the loss, the Braves have been coming on strong of late with a 7-3 record in their last ten games. Atlanta is just a game back in the Wild Card race with the Giants and Cardinals ahead of them and the Pirates creeping behind.
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Aaron Harang makes the start for the Braves coming off a win on the road in Pittsburgh in his latest start. Harang seems to be defying age at 36 as he enters this contest with a WHIP of 1.40, ERA of 3.50 and record of 10-7. Harang has fared well on the road this season with a 3.49 ERA across 12 starts; he has yet to face the Reds this season but is plenty familiar with the franchise after playing there from 2003-2010.
The Cincinnati Reds are stuck playing spoiler for the remainder of the season but in last night’s 1-0 win Mike Leake was impressive pitching 6.2 innings and allowing just two hits. The pitching performance put the Reds in position to grab the win and snap a seven game losing skid as Brandon Phillips delivered the only RBI of the game. Aroldis Chapman picked up his 27th save of the season in the win.
Alfredo Simon takes the mound on Sunday for the Reds looking for his first win since July 9th. Simon started off the season as one of the most impressive stories of the first half of the season but has been on the decline in the second half of the year as the Reds have slumped on offense behind him. For the season Simon owns a WHIP of 1.20 and ERA of 3.35 with a record of 12-8. Simon has excelled in day games this year with a 2.27 ERA across ten starts; he has yet to face the Braves this season.
Both offenses can shut down without notice so after three straight games of eight or less total runs I will take the under.