Atlanta Braves at Cincinnati Reds Free Preview

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The ice-cold Cincinnati Reds will try to avoid dropping their sixth consecutive game they play host to the Atlanta Braves at Great American Ball Park. This NL showdown will begin at 6:40 p.m. ET and Fox Sports Ohio will be airing the game.

Atlanta Braves vs. Cincinnati Reds Odds

Oddsmakers are listing Atlanta (-130) as the favorite over Cincinnati (+120). The total sits at nine runs and bettors can take either the over or the under for -110. Runline odds sit at +115 for taking the Braves -1.5 runs and -135 for the Reds +1.5.

The Braves are 12-8 SU and are 14-6 against the spread (ATS). They’ve gained 7.5 units for bettors taking the moneyline through the early part of the season and 8.5 units ATS. The Reds, on the other hand, are 3-18 SU and 8-12 ATS. They’ve lost 13.5 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 7.8 units ATS.

Reds games have an over/under record of 7-13 so far in 2018. The Braves have an over/under record of 8-9-3.

Mike Foltynewicz is getting the nod for Atlanta. The right-handed Foltynewicz is 1-1 with a 2.53 ERA and 26 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Reds this year and only made one start against them in 2017 (0-0, 0.00 ERA and 10 strikeouts over seven innings).

The Reds will put the ball in the right hand of Sal Romano (0-2, 5.75 ERA, 1.57 WHIP), who’s got 11 strikeouts and 11 walks. Romano only made one start against the Braves in 2017 (1-0, 1.29 ERA and three strikeouts across seven innings).

Cincinnati’s pitchers have yielded 5.6 runs per game overall in 2018 as a unit. The team’s starters have a 5.71 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 7.0 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 5.30 ERA, 1.49 WHIP and 8.4 K/9.

Cincinnati’s offense is putting up 2.9 runs per outing, including 2.7 per game over its last 10 games and 1.4 per game over its last five. The team has a slash-line of .174/.264/.206 over its last five matchups and is 0-5 SU during that span.

The Reds’ hitters have been led by Jesse Winker, who is slashing .283/.433/.321 with 15 hits, five RBIs and five runs scored. Winker enjoyed hitting against righty pitching last year. Across 110 plate appearances, he slashed .344/.427/.615 (his overall season line was .298/.375/.529).

For the visiting squad, Atlanta’s pitchers have allowed 3.9 runs per game and its starters own a 3.04 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 9.68 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 3.51, along with a WHIP of 1.29 and a K-per-9 of 9.12.

Braves hitters have slashed .266/.348/.427 on their way to 5.5 runs scored per game this year, including 4.9 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 5.4 per game over the team’s last five outings (3-2 SU).

Atlanta’s hitters have been led by Freddie Freeman, who is slashing .296/.446/.493 with 21 hits, 15 RBIs and 13 runs scored.

The Reds are coming off of a 9-2 loss against the Cardinals, while the Braves just got a 4-3 victory over the Mets.

Atlanta Braves at Cincinnati Reds Free MLB Tip

Predictions: SU Winner – Braves, ATS Winner – Braves, O/U – OVER

Betting Trends

  • The over has hit in four of Atlanta’s last seven games.
  • The Braves have hit nine home runs in their last 10 games. The Reds have hit four over their last 10.
  • Atlanta fielders have 12 errors over the last 10 games, compared to six errors for Cincinnati over its last 10.
  • The Braves have won three of their last four games SU while the Reds have lost 13 of their last 14 SU.