Atlanta Braves vs. Cincinnati Reds Pick-Odds-Prediction - 4/25/14
Cincinnati Reds (10-11) at Atlanta Braves (14-7)
MLB Baseball: Friday, April 25, 2014 at 7:35 pm (Turner Field)
Homer Bailey (R) (1-1) (5.755) vs. Ervin Santana (R) (2-0) (0.857)
The Line: Atlanta Braves -147 / Cincinnati Reds +136 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Ohio, South, MLB Network
The NL East leading Atlanta Braves welcome the Cincinnati Reds to town in game one of a weekend series.
Cincinnati is known more for an offense that can put up runs in bunches then anything else and they have been doing some scoring lately. Having said that the bats took Thursday off but the pitching saved them in a 2-1 victory at Pittsburgh to give them wins in eight of eleven. Tony Cingrani and three relievers held the Pirates attack in check with Cingrani giving up a first inning run through six frames. The Reds were quiet at the plate with five hits and a pair of walks but received all the support needed when Ryan Ludwick rapped a two run double in the 6th. Homer Bailey gets the call to the mound to open the series at Atlanta hoping to duplicate his last start versus Chicago. Bailey was at his best in an 8-2 victory in which he tossed a six hit shutout over six frames.
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Atlanta won the National League East title a year ago and judging by their start it appears they will be a handful once again. The Braves have been getting a little of everything thus far which has them sitting atop the division with a 14-7 record. The Braves leaned hard on their pitching to hand visiting Miami a 3-1 defeat on Wednesday with a pair of 8th inning runs getting the job done. Starter Aaron Harang continued his hot pitching with the lone run allowed on six hits over six innings while striking out eleven. Evan Gattis stroked a two run pinch hit double to win it in the 8th while Ryan Doumit singled in the other. Ervin Santana toes the rubber for Atlanta in game number one of their series with Cincinnati. Santana has been brilliant in the early going with only two runs allowed in 21 innings pitched while logging a 2-0 record.
Both teams are hot so it would pain me to lay the chalk with Santana who I still have concerns over. I'm taking the Reds for now but I don't think I'll bet them...