Cincinnati Reds vs. Atlanta Braves
The Cincinnati Reds and Atlanta Braves meet on Tuesday for game two of their series in Cincinnati. The Braves are -125 favorites over the Reds with an over/under run total set at 8.
The Cincinnati Reds are one of the hottest teams in baseball and they continued their hot streak by knocking off the Braves in game one of their series on Monday. On Monday Drew Stubbs hit two solo home runs, Zach Cozart had two hits including a home run, and Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips each had hits as the Reds scored four runs on seven hits. Mike Leake also homered and on the mound he allowed two hits and a run while striking out six over eight innings for his first win of the year and Sean Marshall earned his eighth save of the season. For Tuesday’s game Cincinnati starts Mat Latos who has thrown a few big games this season. For the year Latos has allowed 47 hits and 23 earned runs while striking out 40 over 44.2 innings of work for a 4.63 ERA.
The Atlanta Braves never got their bats going on Monday and took the loss because of that. Juan Francisco homered and Dan Uggla had a hit but the Braves had just two hits and scored just one run for the night. On the mound Mike Minor allowed five hits and four runs while striking out four over six innings to take his fourth loss of the year. For Tuesday’s rematch Atlanta starts Brandon Beachy who has been outstanding this season. For the year Beachy has allowed 34 hits and eight earned runs while striking out 39 over 54 innings of work for a 1.33 ERA.
Cincinnati is 5-2 in their last seven games as an underdog, 1-5 in their last six game two of a series, and 0-4 in Latos’ last four starts against the N.L. East. Atlanta is 6-1 in their last seven game two of a series, 11-2 in their last 13 games as a road favorite, and 6-1 in Beachy’s last seven starts. Atlanta is 1-5 in their last six games in Cincinnati.
The total in this one is set at eight and I don’t see this one coming close to going over.