Atlanta Braves (14-16) at Cincinnati Reds (15-15)
|Date & Time||Monday May 11, 2015, 7:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Cincinnati Reds -136 / Atlanta Braves +126 --- Over/Under: 7.5
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The Atlanta Braves and Cincinnati Reds begin a three-game series Monday night.
The Atlanta Braves need a win after losing four of their last six games. The Braves have allowed 22 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last six games. The Braves have lost seven of their last eight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Freddie Freeman leads Atlanta with 39 hits and 18 RBI while Andrelton Simmons and Cameron Maybin have combined for 27 RBI. The Atlanta Braves have lost four straight games on the road. Shelby Miller gets the nod, and he’s 4-1 with a 1.66 ERA and 31 strikeouts this season. Miller is 2-3 with a 3.24 ERA and 41 strikeouts in his career against the Reds.
The Cincinnati Reds look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Reds have allowed 16 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in four straight games. The Reds have lost six of their last eight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Brandon Phillips and Joey Votto have combined for 70 hits and 35 RBI while Todd Frazier has 19 RBI. The Cincinnati Reds have split their last eight games on their home field. Mike Leake takes the hill, and he’s 2-1 with a 2.47 ERA and 27 strikeouts this season. Leake is 4-2 with a 2.03 ERA and 33 strikeouts in his career against the Braves.
The Braves are 1-5 in their last 6 during game 1 of a series and 5-1 in Millers last 6 starts. The Reds are 4-0 in their last 4 during game 1 of a series and 5-11 in Leakes last 16 starts. The Braves are 4-9 in the last 13 meetings in Cincinnati.
The Reds are allowing runs left and right, and Miller has been the better pitcher this season. I'll gladly take Atlanta and the plus money in this spot.