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Milwaukee Brewers vs. Cincinnati Reds Free Pick - 8/16/13

Cincinnati Reds (68-52) at Milwaukee Brewers (52-68)

MLB Baseball: Friday, August 16, 2013 at 8:10 pm (Miller Park)

Mike Leake (R) (10-5) (2.864) vs. Tom Gorzelanny (L) (2-3) (2.571)

Milwaukee Brewers +122 / Cincinnati Reds -132 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds


The Cincinnati Reds compete with the Milwaukee Brewers Friday in Milwaukee after a drama-filled opener on Thursday, where Cincinnati held on 2-1 for the win.

The Brewers led early during the second off of Khris Davis' home run. The Reds tied it, though,  on Zack Cozart's RBI-single during the fifth and then went ahead the next frame on Joey Votto's HR. Kyle Lohse (8-8, 3.17 ERA) and Tony Cingrani (6-2, 2.78 ERA) were both outstanding.

Milwaukee Brewers vs. Cincinnati Reds Free Pick - 8/16/13

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Mike Leake (10-5, 2.86 ERA) hurls next for Cincinnati looking to get his first win since July 24. Leake's last away start was great, going seven empty innings at Petco Park in a 2-1 Reds loss. Leake is 7-1 on the road, falling only 6-3 at the Washington Nationals, allowing four runs, three earned, during three frames.

Leake handled seven away foes between May 3 and July 24 by conceding six runs during 47.2 innings. The Miami Marlins, New York Mets and Pittsburgh Pirates were blanked by Leake and Cincinnati. At Miller Park July 10, Milwaukee motored in two runs during 8.1 frames of a 6-2 Leake victory. The Brewers are 21-of-94 with nine RBIs, three belonging to Rickie Weeks, versus Leake.

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Tom Gorzelanny (3-4, 2.51 ERA) seeks his third straight win in the opener. Milwaukee, however, is 7-14 at Miller when Gorzelanny gets any assignment from the mound. Gorzelanny has given up seven runs, five earned, during 11.2 innings in defeats to NY and the San Diego Padres.

Gorzelanny does have one victory at Miller Park way back on April 30, holding Pittsburgh scoreless for a frame 12-8. The Brewers blanked the Reds 6-0 in Cincinnati, despite Gorzelanny yielding three hits during an inning of work. The Reds are 23-of-104 with 18 RBIs, five each belonging to Jay Bruce and Votto, versus Gorzelanny. Still I'm taking Cincinnati.

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