Atlanta Braves vs. Cincinnati Reds - 6/13/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cincinnati Reds (24-38) at Atlanta Braves (18-44)
MLB Baseball: Monday, June 13, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Turner Field)
D Wright (0-2) (7.20) vs. Aaron Blair (0-4) (7.13)
The Line: Atlanta Braves -115 / Cincinnati Reds +105 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSSE, FSOH
On Monday evening from Turner Field, the MLB is bringing us series-opening action between the Cincinnati Reds and the Atlanta Braves.
The Reds are fresh off a weekend series against the A’s. Cincinnati took games one and two, each by a 2-1 margin. In the finale, Oakland scored four times in the second inning on the way to a 6-1 win.
As for the Braves, they just finished up with the Cubs. The two teams split the first pair of games, and in Sunday’s finale, Atlanta was slaughtered 13-2.
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For Monday’s matchup, the Reds will be trotting out right-hander Daniel Wright. In his three games this year (one start) and 0-2 record, Wright has managed a 7.20 ERA with a 2.00 WHIP in 10 innings total. Wright is replacing Alfredo Simon in the rotation, as Simon has been moved to the bullpen following a disastrous start to the season.
At the plate, we’ve got a pretty powerful Reds lineup. Jay Bruce heads the charge on 58 hits with 36 runs, 14 homers and 44 RBI. Zack Cozart is playing well also on his 58 hits with 32 runs and 25 RBI. Adam Duvall boasts a team-high 17 homers with 41 RBI, 53 hits and 32 runs. Bruce and Duvall combined to go 0-for-8 on Sunday.
As for the Braves, we’ll be seeing right-hander Aaron Blair in the starting role. In his eight starts and 0-4 record this year, Blair holds a 7.13 ERA with a 1.84 WHIP in 35.1 innings. Blair’s last start was pretty short (4.1 innings) as he allowed two earned in a no-decision against the Padres.
The Atlanta lineup isn’t much to write home about, but there are a few noteworthy names here. Freddie Freeman has been tops thus far with 55 hits, 27 runs, nine homers and 18 RBI. Nick Markakis is right there as well on 55 hits, 20 runs and 34 RBI. Jeff Francoeur has hit safely 39 times with 14 runs and 17 RBI. Francoeur bagged an RBI on Sunday, but also struck out three times.
The Reds are 4-0 in their last four game ones of a series, and 3-9 in their last 12 Monday games. Cincinnati is also 16-38 in their last 54 road games, and 6-13 in their last 19 against the National League East.
Meanwhile, the Braves are 1-7 in their last eight Monday games, and 4-11 in their last 15 during game one of a series. Atlanta is also 1-4 in Blair’s last five home starts, and 1-7 in Blair’s last eight starts overall.
Wright and Blair are trending toward getting lit up in this one, so I’ll take the over. I’ll also give the Reds a slight advantage based on offense.