Atlanta Braves at Cincinnati Reds 8/24/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Tony Sink - 8/23/2014
Sunday, August 24, 2014
Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati
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Sunday afternoon, the Atlanta Braves will take the field behind Aaron Harang (10 - 7, 3.50 ERA) as they face the Cincinnati Reds and Alfredo Simon (12 - 8, 3.35 ERA). Harang makes his 27th trip to the mound as Simon makes his 26th.
Aaron Harang picked up his 1st win since mid-July in his last start. In the victory, Harang went 8.1 innings and allowed 3 runs and 9 hits. He struck out 4 without issuing a single walk. Harang had gone through a 6 game stretch where he had lost a game and pitched to 5 straight no-decisions. In his last 10 starts, he is 4 -1. Last season, Harang finished the year with a 5 -12 record and a 5.40 ERA in 26 starts for the New York Mets and the Seattle Mariners.
Last season, Harang was 1 - 0 with a 3.00 ERA in 2 starts against the Reds. Cincinnati is batting .274 against Harang with 34 hits, 6 homers and 15 RBIs in 124 at-bats.
Alfredo Simon didn't factor into the decision in his last outing. In that start, Simon surrendered 3 runs and 8 hits (including a homer) in 5.1 innings of work. He walked a batter and struck out 2. Simon hasn't posted a victory since early July and is 2 - 5 in his last 10 starts. Last season, Simon made 63 relief appearances en route to a 6-4-1 record and a 2.87 ERA.
In 2013, Simon made 4 relief appearances against the Braves with a 0 - 0 record and a 1.42 ERA. The Braves are batting .200 against Simon with 7 hits and 6 RBIs in 35 at-bats.
Atlanta Braves Betting Trends
Atlanta Braves are 53-65-9 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Atlanta Braves is 0.1
Cincinnati Reds Betting Trends
Cincinnati Reds are 58-65-4 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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