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Baltimore Orioles vs. Cincinnati Reds MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/2/14

Cincinnati Reds (66-71) at Baltimore Orioles (79-57)

MLB Baseball: Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Camden Yards)

Mat Latos (R) (5-3) (3.153) vs. Bud Norris (R) (11-8) (4.000)

The Line: Baltimore Orioles -135 / Cincinnati Reds +125 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSN-OH, MASN

The Cincinnati Reds and Baltimore Orioles begin a three-game series Tuesday at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

The Cincinnati Reds have won five of their last eight games and are five games below a .500 record. The Reds pitching staff is looking sharp during this stretch, allowing three or less runs in eight of their last nine games. Overall, the Cincinnati Reds have an ERA of 3.50, which is 10th in the majors, and they’ve won 10 of their last 16 games when allowing three or fewer runs. Offensively, Todd Frazier has hit safely in six of his last seven games and Billy Hamilton has a five-game hitting streak. Mat Latos gets the nod, and he’s 5-3 with a 3.15 ERA and has 67 strikeouts in 91.1 innings. This will be Latos’ first career game against the Orioles.

Baltimore Orioles vs. Cincinnati Reds MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/2/14

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The Baltimore Orioles have won six of their last eight games and are 22 games above .500. The Orioles continue to produce runs at a high rate, scoring four or more runs in 10 of their last 15 games. The O’s have won 13 of their last 14 games when scoring more than three runs. Nelson Cruz has homered in back-to-back games and J.J. Hardy has hit safely in seven of his last 10 games. The Baltimore Orioles have an ERA of 3.58, which is 14th in the majors. Starting is Bud Norris, who is 11-9 with a 4.00 ERA and has 105 strikeouts in 135 innings. Norris is 0-3 with a 5.11 ERA in seven career starts against the Reds.

The Reds are 0-5 in their last 5 games following an off day and 3-7 in Latos' last 10 road starts. The Orioles are 11-4 in Norris' last 15 home starts and 4-1 in Norris' last 5 starts overall. 

Hard not to take Baltimore at home, especially with Norris on the mound. The price is fair enough, I like the O's to keep rolling. 

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Baltimore Orioles -135

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