Cincinnati has lost the first place to St. Louis and Pittsburgh overtook them soon after, so if the Reds are to win the division they need to rebound before the All-Star break. Winning away from home at East division leader Atlanta Braves won’t be easy, but they have a starting pitcher capable of carrying them.
Odds: Winner Sports 2.05
The Reds have the best home pitch record in Major League Baseball, but they are yet to climb above .500 away from home and Atlanta is not a visitors’ friendly city. Cincinnati will send Matt Latos to the mound hoping that the starting pitcher will return to his winning ways, after the offensive picked him up in his last start. Latos won eight decisions out of a total of 10, and posted an earned run average of 3.18, almost 1 point better than his counterpart.
While Tim Hudson can’t brag about allowing less than four runs per match, he has tremendous experience and a decent record again Cincinnati. In 2013 he was tagged for seven defeats and won just five starts, but he has always been sharp at home. The real question is how many innings he will get to play tonight, because if the visitors force his retirement the bullpen will be under a lot of pressure. The Braves conceded six runs against the league’s worst Miami and most of them were allowed by relievers.
The two teams are evenly matched and Atlanta’s home pitch advantage is offset by Cincinnati’s better starting pitcher. As odds go, 2.05 offered by Winner Sports for the Reds to prevail are high enough to warrant a wager.