After splitting the first two games of this series, Cincinnati will be looking to make it two straight tonight. In what has been the worst season of his career, Joey Votto finally delivered for the Reds, picking up two hits and knocking in three runs on Friday night. Eugenio Suarez reached base in all five of his plate appearances, while Raisel Iglesias came in and shut the door in Atlanta, giving them their 51st victory of the season. A strong start from Alex Wood helped lead the way.
Atlanta, on the other hand, should not be fretting their loss too much. They have a major lead atop their division and have been a dangerous team all season. The young talent they have all throughout their lineup, along with veterans Freddie Freeman and Nick Markakis, can consistently hit, as they really do not have many weak spots out there. This is a team that is built to compete with the Dodgers in a long playoff series, which they hope to show.
The moneyline on the Reds is +114, while it is -130 for the Braves. The O/U is set at 8.5 runs.
Reds Hope For Another Victory
Yasiel Puig had been playing very well for the Reds before they shipped him to Cleveland at the deadline to acquire Saturday’s starting pitcher, Trevor Bauer. Still here and producing is Eugenio Suarez, with 29 home runs and 71 runs batted in. His .260 batting average isn’t much to write home about, but his .340 BA is solid. Josh VanMeer has been playing well since his call-up, proving to be a reliable threat at the plate. Jesse Winker has also been playing well of late.
The new era officially begins tonight, as Bauer is set to make his Reds debut. He posted a 9-8 record with a 3.79 ERA in 156 2/3 innings of work for Cleveland. He has struck out 185 batters while walking 63, at times struggling mightily with control.
Braves Looking To Bounce Back
This talented lineup has once more been paced by Freeman, leading the way with 26 home runs (tied with Ronald Acuna Jr.) and 85 runs batted in. He’s batting over .300, and he has continued to hit. Ozzie Albies has had another strong season and, at just 22 years of age, should be producing in Atlanta for the years to come. Josh Donaldson has been hitting the ball hard and well over the past few months, proving to be a valuable addition. There is no weak link in the lineup.
Dallas Keuchel will be making just his ninth start of the year for the Braves after signing a few months into the season. He has posted a 3-4 record in 49 innings of work. He has a 3.86 ERA to go along with 38 strikeouts and 18 walks.
Bauer Era Starts With A Bang
The Reds will pick up a win tonight thanks to their new starting pitcher. Bauer is going to go seven strong with 10+ K’s to inspire a win.
Free Play: CIN +114
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