Atlanta Braves at Cincinnati Reds 8/22/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Tony Sink - 8/21/2014
Friday, August 22, 2014
Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati
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Mike Minor (5-8) is coming off of one of his better starts of the year and will look to keep that momentum going when he and the Atlanta Braves face Mat Latos (4-3) and the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night.
Left-hander Mike Minor had a good outing against the Oakland Athletics last weekend and ended up coming away with his fifth win of the season. He went seven innings in that game and gave up two runs on four hits while striking out seven batters and walking two. He lowered his ERA to 5.16 with that win and he has struck out 101 batters in 111.2 innings this season.
Reds shortstop Zack Cozart has four hits in his 10 at-bats versus Minor with a triple, and two solo home runs. Todd Frazier is 0-for-8 against him in his career with a walk and five strikeouts.
Mat Latos didn't pitch very well against the Colorado Rockies on the road on Sunday, but he ended up taking a no decision rather than a loss. He went five innings in that game and allowed three runs on eight base hits while walking three batters and striking out seven. He now has a 3.10 ERA and he has only given up 59 hits in 78.1 innings.
Braves outfielder Justin Upton has six hits in 14 at-bats against Latos in his career with two doubles, a home run and two RBI. First baseman Freddie Freeman is 7-for-12 against him with three doubles and six RBI.
Atlanta Braves Betting Trends
Atlanta Braves are 53-64-9 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Atlanta Braves is 0.1
Cincinnati Reds Betting Trends
Cincinnati Reds are 57-65-4 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Cincinnati Reds is 0.1
Injuries to Watch
07/29/14 P Shae Simmons Shoulder 15-day DL (7/29)
06/20/14 P Gavin Floyd Elbow 60-day DL (6/20), out for season
06/20/14 P Pedro Beato Elbow 15-day DL (6/19)
03/29/14 P Brandon Beachy Elbow 60-day DL (3/21), out for season
03/29/14 P Cory Gearrin Elbow 60-day DL (3/26)
03/28/14 P Kris Medlen Elbow 60-day DL (3/21), out for season
03/28/14 P Jonny Venters Elbow 60-day DL (3/21)
08/18/14 P Homer Bailey Elbow 15-day DL (8/8)
08/17/14 1B Joey Votto Quad 60-day DL (7/1)
08/07/14 P Logan Ondrusek Shoulder 15-day DL (7/13)
06/21/14 P Trevor Bell Elbow 60-day DL (4/08)
06/14/14 P Sean Marshall Shoulder 60-day DL (6/13)
Tony's Pick: Take Cincinnati
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