In a game that could be a shootout, Eric Stults (1-3, 4.84 ERA) and the Atlanta Braves (15-18) are in Cincinnati to take on Jason Marquis (3-2, 5.66 ERA) and the Reds (16-17). This is the last of a three-game series at the Great American Ball Park. The Reds won the last game 4-3 and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, May. 13 and can be seen on SPSO and FSN-OH.
Marquis is 5-5 with a 6.68 ERA in his appearances against the Braves, and goes up against a quality Atlanta offense which is batting .259 this season. Stults is 1-2 with a 3.70 ERA when pitching against the Reds. He is up against a below-average Cincinnati offense which is hitting just .237 this season. Kelly Johnson (.259, 11 Rs, 6 HRs, 18 RBIs) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 3 yesterday with one RBI.
Cincinnati is a -134 favorite against Atlanta and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at eight runs. The Reds have an overall money line of -162 and a record as the favorite of 7-6. Cincinnati is a disappointing 1-3 as the favorite over its last 10 games. Cincinnati leads the MLB in steals, swiping 39 bases.
In games where it is the underdog, Atlanta has a 10-13 record and an overall money line of -10. Atlanta is excellent at not striking out with an NL-low 6.2 per game.
The Reds have a 3-5 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Stults takes the mound. Marquis (RHP) will be on the hill against the Braves, who have a 13-15 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - CIN, O/U - Over
In their last game, the Braves lost by a margin of one run. The Reds are 6-5 in one-run games. The Braves have a 5-8 record in close games.
The Reds are 1-3 in games that go into extra innings. Meanwhile, the Braves are 0-1 in such matchups.
The Braves managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Reds who are heading in with a 7-4 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Braves are 11-6. The Reds have a 10-4 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 18th in runs, Cincinnati has earned 132 this season. Atlanta ranks 11th with 142 runs.
Ranking 11th, Atlanta is in the top half of the league in walks, notching 107 this season. Cincinnati ranks in the top five at fifth with 113.
The Reds are 14-8 when they hit at least one home run. The Braves perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with an 11-7 record.