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Cincinnati Reds vs. Oakland Athletics Free Pick- 8/7/13

Oakland Athletics (64-48) at Cincinnati Reds (62-51)

MLB Baseball: Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 12:35 pm (Great American Ball Park)

Bartolo Colon (R) (14-3) (2.499) vs. Homer Bailey (R) (6-10) (3.554)

The Line: Cincinnati Reds -110 / Oakland Athletics +100 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: MLB Network

The Cincinnati Reds and the Oakland A’s meet on Wednesday in Cincinnati for game two of their interleague series.

The Cincinnati Reds are still in the mix for the post season and the NL Central race and they kept pace on Tuesday with a win over the visiting A’s. Jay Bruce hit his 23rd home run and Shin-Soo Choo and Joey Votto had two hits each as the Reds scored three runs on eight hits. Starting pitcher Mat Latos allowed four hits and struck out three over 7.1 innings to get the win and raise his record to 11-3 and Aroldis Chapman earned his 26th save. For Wednesday’s game the Reds start Homer Bailey who won last time out to end a personal four start losing streak. For the season Bailey has allowed 132 hits and 57 earned runs while striking out 145 over 144.1 innings for a 6-10 record and a 3.55 ERA.

Cincinnati Reds vs. Oakland Athletics Free Pick- 8/7/13

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The Oakland A’s have scrapped out runs, hits, and wins all season long but they couldn’t get it rolling on Tuesday as they lost in Cincinnati. Derek Norris hit a home run and Coco Crisp, Eric Sogard, and Jed Lowrie all had hits as the A’s scored one run on five hits. Starting pitcher Daniel Strally allowed six hits and two runs while striking out three over 4.0 innings to take the loss and fall to 6-6 on the season. For Wednesday’s game the A’s start Bartolo Colon who has won his last three decisions and who is having a career year. For the season Colon has allowed 144 hits and 41 earned runs while striking out 78 over 147.2 innings for a 14-3 record and a 2.50 ERA.

Cincinnati is 3-7 in their last 10 games, 6-2 in their last eight interleague games, and 1-4 in Bailey’s last five starts as a home favorite. Oakland is 21-11 in their last 32 games against a team with a winning record, 1-5 in their last six games, and 22-6 in Colon’s last 28 starts. Oakland is 10-5 in the last 15 meetings of these two.

We shouldn’t see a lot of scoring here as that just isn’t the style of these two teams and I look for it to come in under the total. My stringer play is on the winning side and I will post that pick in the Premium Area.

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