Miami Marlins (43-71) at Atlanta Braves (71-45)
14 Wins In a Row!
I’ve told you folks this before; the Braves don’t have the greatest personnel, but they just keep on winning regardless.
Atlanta has an enormous 15.5 game lead in the National League East and it’s a foregone conclusion that they will indeed be the National League Champions. The only thing that the Braves have to play for is best record in the National League and both leagues combined and the Braves currently hold a .5 game lead over the amazing Pittsburgh Pirates.
Good Pitching Wins
The Braves haven’t allowed a team more than 4 runs for this entire 1/3 of the month of August and are coming off of an easy 5-0 victory of the Marlins.
Miami has absolutely no fan support and nothing to play for. In tonight’s matchup, the Marlins might find their best chance to win a game in this series as Nathan Eovaldi (2-2, 3.19) takes the mound and he’s opposed by Alex Wood (2-2, 3.20).
Wood has turned from a reliever to a starter and has fared well. In his last start, he picked up the victory against the Phillies in which he allowed 1 run on 2 hits in 6 innings pitched. This was his 2nd consecutive quality outing pitched.
Eovaldi, on the other hand, could give the Braves some problems. He’s pitched 3 superb outings in a row, allowing 3 runs in 19 innings pitched. This game will come down to the offenses where the Braves have an edge with Upton, Freeman, and McCann sitting in the meat of their batting order.
Atlanta is totally overpriced as a favorite. Let’s take the UNDER for our baseball picks in this game with both pitchers pitching so well and the offenses are average at best.
Free Pick- Miami/Atlanta UNDER 7.5 at Bet 365
San Diego Padres (52-63) at Cincinnati Reds (64-51)
The Cincinnati Reds are in a good position. They’re on 3 game winning streak, have a 4.5 game lead over Arizona for the 2nd and final wild card spot in the National League, and have Tony Cingrani (5-1, 3.05) starting for them tonight against an inferior San Diego Padres team.
I think I’ve used all of the labels that I could think of on the young left-hander Cingrani, but his pitching speaks for itself. Ever since starting, Cingrani has given quality outings, every time out. His last outing, an 8-3 victory over St. Louis, was his worst, but he still managed the win because the Reds have such an overpowering offense.
Cincinnati is coming off of a 7-2 victory over the Padres and aside from Cingrani, the Reds offense is the difference in this game. Frazier, Votto, and Phillips are all coming off of 2 hit games with Brandon Phillips hitting his 14th home run of the season.
This Reds offense fits like a perfect puzzle. They have guys that can run and hit for power like Choo, Phillips, and Votto and then a player like Jay Bruce that can go yard at any time. Even Zack Cozart and Todd Frazier are tough outs.
Cincinnati should have no problem in this game if Cingrani even pitches an average outing.
Free Pick- Cincinnati -1.5 EVEN at William Hill
Good luck, everyone!