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Cincinnati Reds vs. Atlanta Braves - 4/23/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Atlanta Braves at Cincinnati Reds
Date & Time Tuesday April 23, 2019, 6:40 PM (EDT)
Location
Great American Ballpark
Cincinnati, OH
The Line
Cincinnati Reds -111 / Atlanta Braves -111
TV Channel
FS-Ohio, FS-Southeast
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The Atlanta Braves and the Cincinnati Reds meet in game one of a three game MLB set in baseball action from the Great American Ballpark on Tuesday night.

The Atlanta Braves will look to keep the momentum going after winning the rubber match of their series with Cleveland, taking the finale by a final score of 11-5 on Sunday night. Josh Donaldson led the Braves with a pair of homers, going 3 for 4 with four RBIs, while Ozzie Albies and Freddie Freeman each had two RBIs with Freeman going 3 for 4 with a double. Nick Markakis and Brian McCann each went 2 for 5 with a double and an RBI while Ender Inciarte added a double and an RBI as well. Ronald Acuna Jr. went 2 for 5 at the dish and Matt Joyce doubled while Dansby Swanson chipped in a base hit as well to cap off Atlanta’s offense in the win. Max Fried got the win to improve to 3-0 on the year after giving up two runs on seven hits while walking three and striking out six over 6.1 innings of work. Kevin Gausman will start game one and is 1-1 with a 2.75 ERA and 22 strikeouts this season. This will be Gausman’s second career start against Cincinnati.

The Cincinnati Reds will look to bounce back after failing to complete the sweep of the Padres, dropping Sunday’s series finale by a final score of 4-3. Eugenio Suarez and Kyle Farmer each had a solo homer while Jose Iglesias went 3 for 4 with an RBI to round out Cincinnati’s scoring in the losing effort. Matt Kemp doubled while Jose Peraza, Curt Casali and Derek Dietrich each had a base hit as well in the loss for the Reds. Tyler Mahle took the loss, falling to 0-2 on the year after allowing four runs on seven hits while striking out nine over six innings of work. Sonny Gray will start game one and is 0-3 with a 2.79 ERA and 22 strikeouts this season. In his career, Gray is 0-2 with a 3.38 ERA and 9 strikeouts against Atlanta.

Atlanta is 4-1 in their last 5 road games and 4-0 in their last 4 games against the NL Central while the over is 6-2 in their last 8 games overall. Cincinnati is 9-20 in their last 29 games overall and 4-1 in their last 5 home games while the under is 6-1 in their last 7 games against the NL East. The over is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams in Cincinnati.

Cincinnati and the low line could be worth a look as the Reds’ offense woke up against San Diego. However, the Reds have given Gray just two runs of support in his three losses this season and Atlanta isn’t the kind of team that you want to struggle against on offense as the Braves can slug it with the best of them. I also have a bit more faith in Gausman as a starter than I do Gray, so I’ll take a shot with Atlanta to draw first blood on Tuesday night.

Pick:
Atlanta Braves -111

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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