Cincinnati Reds (10-11) at Atlanta Braves (10-10)
|Date & Time||Thursday April 30, 2015, 7:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Atlanta Braves -123 / Cincinnati Reds +113 --- Over/Under: 7
The Cincinnati Reds and Atlanta Braves begin a four-game series early Thursday night.
The Cincinnati Reds look for a win after losing four of their last six games. The Reds have allowed 16 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last six games. The Reds have lost six of their last eight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Joey Votto leads Cincy with 24 hits and 16 RBI while Todd Frazier and Jay Bruce have combined for 28 RBI. The Cincinnati Reds have split their last six road games. Mike Leake gets the ball, and he’s 0-1 with a 3.90 ERA and 22 strikeouts this season. Leake is 3-2 with a 2.43 ERA and 30 strikeouts in his career against the Braves.
The Atlanta Braves look for a win after losing four of their last six games. The Braves have allowed 30 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last seven games. The Braves have lost six of their last seven games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Nick Markakis leads Atlanta with 25 hits and five RBI while Andrelton Simmons and A.J. Pierzynski have combined for 27 RBI. The Atlanta Braves have lost five of their last seven games on their home field. Shelby Miller takes the hill, and he’s 3-0 with a 2.05 ERA and 14 strikeouts this season. Miller is 2-2 with a 3.38 ERA and 32 strikeouts in his career against the Reds.
The Reds are 6-22 in their last 28 during game 1 of a series and 1-6 in Leakes last 7 starts. The Braves are 5-2 in their last 7 during game 1 of a series and 4-0 in Millers last 4 starts. The Reds are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Atlanta and 2-5 in the last 7 meetings overall.
Sorry, but the Braves have allowed a combined 26 runs in their last two games to a Washington team that couldn't score. I'll gladly take the Reds and the plus money here.