Atlanta Braves (36-39) vs. Cincinnati Reds (37-37)
June 26, 2021 4:10 pm EDT
The Line: Cincinnati Reds -121 / Atlanta Braves +111; Over/Under: +9
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The Atlanta Braves and Cincinnati Reds meet Saturday in MLB action at Great American Ball Park. The Braves look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Reds need a win after losing six of their last eight games.
The Atlanta Braves have scored nine runs in their last three games and three or less runs in eight straight games. The Braves have lost eight of their last 12 games when scoring three or less runs. Ozzie Albies leads the Braves with 72 hits and 46 RBI while Freddie Freeman and Ronald Acuna Jr. have combined for 141 hits and 87 RBI. Ian Anderson gets the ball, and he is 5-3 with a 3.33 ERA and 79 strikeouts this season. This will be Anderson’s first career game against the Reds.
The Cincinnati Reds have scored 17 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last eight games. The Reds have won six of their last nine games when scoring four or more runs. Nick Castellanos leads the Reds with 96 hits and 42 RBI while Jesse Winker and Jonathan India have combined for 142 hits and 74 RBI. Luis Castillo gets the ball, and he is 2-10 with a 5.61 ERA and 74 strikeouts this season. Castillo is 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA and 14 strikeouts in his career against the Braves.
The Braves are 3-7 in their last 10 road games. The Reds are 4-1 in their last 5 home games and 2-6 in their last 8 overall. The under is 4-1 in Braves last 5 overall. The over is 5-2 in Reds last 7 overall. The under is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.
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The Braves just can’t put any offense together, so while Anderson has been solid this season, I’m not eager to back this team in its current form. Castillo has had his struggles here and there, but the Reds bats are hot right now and they’re showing more life overall. Give me the Reds at home for the cheap price. The Braves are sleepwalking at the moment.