MLB Picks: Atlanta Braves vs. Cincinnati Reds Wild Card 10/1/20

MLB Picks: Atlanta Braves vs. Cincinnati Reds Wild Card 10/1/20 Photo by Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Cincinnati Reds (31-29) at Atlanta Braves (35-25)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 12:08 pm (Truist Park)

Luis Castillo (4-6) (3.34) vs. Ian Anderson (3-2) (1.95)

The Line: Atlanta Braves -129 / Cincinnati Reds +119 --- Over/Under: 7.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Cincinnati Reds and the Atlanta Braves meet Thursday in MLB Wild Card playoffs action from SunTrust Park. 

This will be Game 2 in a best-of-three postseason series between the Reds and Braves. In the opening matchup on Wednesday, we had a tight extra-innings game that stretched 13 frames. Atlanta finally took the victory 1-0 on a Freddie Freeman walk-off RBI. Check back all season long for free MLB picks and MLB predictions at Sports Chat Place. 

The Reds out-hit Atlanta 11-6 in the Wednesday game, but couldn’t get anything going on the scoreboard whatsoever. Nick Castellanos led the team with a 3-for-6 outing that included a double—the Reds’ only extra-base hit of the day. Starting pitcher Trevor Bauer posted 7.2 innings with just two hits and 12 Ks. 

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For the Thursday starting pitcher role, the Reds will go with Luis Castillo on the mound. In his 12 games this season, Castillo was 4-6 with a 3.21 ERA and 89 Ks in 70.0 innings. In his MLB career, Castillo is 32-33 with a 3.62 ERA and 578 strikeouts in 519.2 innings. 

Over on the Braves’ side, Wednesday starter Max Fried opened things up with 7.0 innings, six hits and five strikeouts in a no-decision. Cristian Pache scored on Freeman’s hit, and Ronald Acuna notched a double in a 1-for-6 day. 

In the starter slot on Thursday, Atlanta will be sending out Ian Anderson. Over six starts this season, Anderson posted a 3-2 record with a 1.95 ERA and 41 strikeouts in 32.1 innings of work. This is the 22-year-old Anderson’s first season of MLB activity. 

The Reds are 11-3 in their last 14 games overall and 2-5 in their last seven Thursday games. Cincinnati is 0-4 in their last four playoff games and 2-8 in their last 10 during game two of a series. 

Meanwhile, the Braves are 8-0 in the last eight games versus a team with a winning record and 49-21 in the last 70 games as a home favorite. Atlanta is 3-7 in their last 10 playoff home games and 8-20 in their last 28 playoff games. 

Pick: I’m leaning Reds here, but this one is tight. First off, it’s a great starting pitcher matchup. Castillo posted a 4-0 record in September with a 1.26 ERA before a bad appearance on Saturday. As for Anderson, he’s been great as well and held the Yankees to just one hit in six innings in his debut last month. Anderson has a great changeup that could give the Reds hitters some trouble. I like this one to be tight until the bullpens come out, with Cincinnati posting a couple of big hits in the later innings to take home the victory. 

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Andrew’s Pick Cincinnati Reds +119

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