Atlanta Braves (15-17) at Cincinnati Reds (15-17)
|Date & Time||Wednesday May 13, 2015, 7:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Cincinnati Reds -134 / Atlanta Braves +124 --- Over/Under: 8
The Atlanta Braves and Cincinnati Reds play a rubber game Wednesday night.
The Atlanta Braves look for a win after losing five of their last eight games. The Braves have allowed 10 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last six games. The Braves have lost eight of their last nine games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Freddie Freeman leads Atlanta with 42 hits and 18 RBI while Andrelton Simmons and Cameron Maybin have combined for 28 RBI. The Atlanta Braves have lost five of their last six games on the road. Eric Stults gets the nod, and he’s 1-3 with a 4.84 ERA and 22 strikeouts this season. Stults is 1-2 with a 3.70 ERA and 15 strikeouts in his career against the Reds.
The Cincinnati Reds look for a win after losing four of their last six games. The Reds have allowed nine runs in their last three games and four or more runs in four of their last six games. The Reds have lost six of their last eight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Brandon Phillips leads Cincy with 37 hits and 15 RBI while Joey Votto and Todd Frazier have combined for 41 RBI. The Cincinnati Reds have split their last 10 games on their home field. Raisel Iglesias takes the hill, and he’s 0-0 with a 5.40 ERA and four strikeouts this season. This will be Iglesias’ first career game against the Braves.
The Braves are 1-5 in their last 6 during game 3 of a series and 1-4 in Stults' last 5 starts. The Reds are 2-6 in their last 8 during game 3 of a series and 11-4 in their last 15 home games vs. a left-handed starter. The under is 7-2-2 in the last 11 meetings.
The Reds have hit lefties very well this season and are at home. That's really the only advantage you can find in a game between two struggling teams. I like Cincy in this spot.