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Atlanta Braves vs. Cincinnati Reds - 8/1/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Cincinnati Reds at Atlanta Braves
Date & Time Thursday August 1, 2019, 7:20 PM (EDT)
Location
SunTrust Park
Atlanta, GA
The Line
Atlanta Braves -145 / Cincinnati Reds +125
TV Channel
FS-Ohio, FS-Southeast
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The Cincinnati Reds and the Atlanta Braves meet in the opener of a four game set in MLB action from SunTrust Park on Thursday.

The Cincinnati Reds will look to build some momentum after earning a series victory over Pittsburgh, winning Wednesday’s rubber match by a final score of 4-1. Eugenio Suarez had a home run and two RBIs while Jesse Winker went 3 for 3 with a solo home run. Nick Senzel went 3 for 4 with a pair of doubles and an RBI to round out Cincinnati’s scoring as a team in the win while Luis Castillo had a double. Scooter Gennett and Josh VanMeter each had base hits as well to finish off Cincy’s offense in the victory. Castillo got the win to improve to 10-4 on the year after allowing one run on six hits while striking out seven over seven innings of work. Raisel Iglesias picked up his 20th save of the year by closing out the 9th. Anthony DeSclafani will start game one and is 6-5 with a 4.01 ERA and 110 strikeouts this season. In his career, DeSclafani is 1-1 with a 4.15 ERA and 15 strikeouts against Atlanta.

The Atlanta Braves will look to build some momentum as well after a series victory over Washington, taking the rubber match from the Nationals with a 5-4 win in 10 innings on Wednesday. Josh Donalson and Adam Duvall each had a solo home run with Duvall going 2 for 5 with a double as well. Ronald Acuna Jr., Ozzie Albies and Tyler Flowers each had a double and an RBI with Flowers adding a pair of doubles to round out Atlanta’s scoring as a team in the win. Ender Inciarte went 2 for 5 at the dish with a double while Johan Camargo and Mike Soroka each had a base hit to sum up Atlanta’s offense in the win. Soroka allowed one run on three hits while walking and whiffing three over seven innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Sean Newcomb got the win to improve to 5-1 on the year while Josh Tomlin closed out the 10th for his 2nd save of the year. Max Fried will start game one and is 11-4 with a 4.21 ERA and 108 strikeouts this season. This will be Fried’s first career start against Cincinnati.

Cincinnati is 1-4 in DeSclafani’s last 5 starts against a team with a winning record and 4-9 in their last 13 road games while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 series opening matchups. Atlanta is 7-2 in Fried’s last 9 starts and 20-8 in their last 28 games against a team with a losing record while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 Thursday games. Cincinnati is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.

The plus money with Cincinnati is tempting, especially with Atlanta having to travel home after such a hard-fought series against Washington. Fried has also been up and down lately, and has an ERA over four at home while he’s gone 7-1 in 13 starts on the road this season. However, I think taking two of three from a division rival like Washington who is arguably one of the hotter teams in the majors over the last month has to build some confidence for Atlanta. DeSclafani has a 4.65 ERA on the road this season and an ERA just shy of six on the road against the Braves in his career. All in all, I trust the Braves to produce offense more than I do the Reds, so I’ll lay the juice with Atlanta here.

Pick:
Atlanta Braves -145

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