Cincinnati Reds vs. Atlanta Braves
The Atlanta Braves and the Cincinnati Reds meet for the rubber match of their weekend series on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball. The Braves are -145 favorites over the Reds and the over/under is 7 runs.
The Atlanta Braves evened their series with the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday even though it took them 12 innings to do it. Brian McCann had four hits including two home runs, Freddie Freeman had three hits including a home run, and Alex Gonzalez had two hits, which along with hits by Chipper Jones, Martin Prado and others were part of a 14, hit seven run offensive effort. Starter Derek Lowe allowed seven hits and five earned runs while walking five in 3.1 innings of work as the Braves used six pitchers in all and it was Scott Linebrink who got the win while pitching two innings allowing just a hit. For Sunday Night’s prime time game Atlanta starts Jair Jurrjens who has won six of seven decisions this year. For the season Jurrjens has allowed 50 hits and 10 earned runs while striking out 33 in 57.2 innings of work.
The Cincinnati Reds slid to a game over .500 as they were unable to get the win on Saturday in extra innings. Johnny Gomes had four hits and scored twice, Drew Stubbs had three hits and drove in three runs, and Brandon Phillips and Joey Votto each had two hits as the Reds scored six runs off of 16 hits. Starter Bronson Arroyo allowed nine hits and five runs while lasting just three innings to not factor in the decision, as it was the Reds seventh pitcher, Carlos Fisher, who ended up with the loss. On Sunday Cincinnati looks to get things going in the right direction once again as they start Johnny Cueto who has a loss and a no decision in his last two starts. For the season Cueto has allowed 20 hits and six earned runs while striking out 15 in 24.2 innings of work.
Atlanta is 5-1 in their last six home games, 7-1 in their last eight game three of a series, and 10-1 in their last 11 against the NL Central. Cincinnati is 3-9 in their last 12 against the NL East, 2-7 in their last nine against a team with a winning record, and 3-7 in Cueto’s last 10 starts. Cincinnati is 9-5 in the last 14 meetings of these two.
I’m not expecting much offense against these two pitchers as if the bats are going to get to them at all, it is going to have to be early but I still don’t see this being a high scoring game. Take the under 7 tonight.