The MLB is back in action today as the Cincinnati Reds will clash with the Atlanta Braves at the SunTrust Park.
The Reds will give the call to 28-year-old right-hander Trevor Bauer, and the Braves will counter with the 31-year-old left-hander Dallas Keuchel.
Cincinnati Reds Form
The Reds will give the start to Trevor Bauer and this will be his 25th start of the season.
Bauer will add more quality to the Reds squad and it will be interesting to see how he will do in his first start.
The Reds had a lot of pitching issues the last few seasons which they have solved quickly this year. Therefore, it is safe to say if they are able to maintain this newfound quality that they will be a force next season.
On the offensive side of the game, the Reds score an average of 4.47 runs per game. Additionally, the Cincinnati pitching staff has a record of 4.03 team ERA, which is the 7th record in the league.
Atlanta Braves Form
The Braves will give the nod Dallas Keuchel and this will be his 9th start of the season. However, Keuchel will need to improve as he did not play well against the Nationals in his last start.
The veteran left-hander joined the Braves in June and since managed a record of 3.86 ERA. Also, 1.33 WHIP in 49 innings of action.
Also, the Braves have a 7.0 games lead over Phillies for the top spot in the NL Central. And with this series and in the next games against the Marlins, they have an opportunity to secure their playoff spot this season.
On the offensive side of the game, the Braves score an average of 5.35 runs on the year, which is the 5th record in the Major Leagues. The Atlanta pitching record stands at 4.31 team ERA, pegging them 10th in the Majors.
The Reds have the potential to be a great team. But not this season. Perhaps next season with a few more signings they will be able to challenge. On the other side, the Braves have been playing well. And I expect another win for them in order to secure the top spot. Take Atlanta in this one.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Atlanta Braves vs. Cincinnati Reds 08/02/2019 is: take the Atlanta Braves -160 (MoneyLine)
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