Anthony DeSclafani (2-3, 2.50 ERA) and the Cincinnati Reds (15-17) go up against Mike Foltynewicz (2-0, 5.23 ERA) and the Atlanta Braves (15-17) in the second of a three-game series at the Great American Ball Park. The Braves won the last game 2-1 and Atlanta leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 7:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May. 12 and will air on SPSO and FSN-OH.
In his most recent outing, DeSclafani pitched 5.0 innings, giving up three runs, striking out one and walking four in a 7-2 loss to the Pirates. Zack Cozart (.324, 16 Rs, 5 HRs, 15 RBIs, 3 SBs) played well again yesterday, going 3 for 4 with two RBIs. In his pitching opportunities against the Reds, Foltynewicz is 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA, two strikeouts and three walks. Freddie Freeman (.333, 23 Rs, 5 HRs, 18 RBIs, 1 SB) has been hitting the ball well for the Braves, going 2 for 4 yesterday.
Cincinnati is a -145 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is eight runs. The Reds are 7-5 as the favorite and have an overall money line of -26. The Reds are a nightmare for opponents on the bases with an MLB-high 39 steals.
Across the field, the Braves have a record of 9-13 when they are the underdog and are -136 overall with the money line. They have played poorly as the underdog as of late. They managed a 2-5 record when playing as the underdog and an SU record of 4-6. The Braves average just 6.2 strikeouts per game, good for least in the NL.
In their previous five games this season, the Braves have a 3-2 record. The Reds will take on a right-hander (Foltynewicz) in this game and have a 12-11 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the Braves will be the right-hander DeSclafani. They sport a 12-15 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - CIN, O/U - Over
In their last game, the Braves won by a margin of one run. The Reds are 5-5 in one-run games. The Braves have a 5-7 record in close games.
When the Reds play into extra innings, they have a 1-3 record. The Braves are 0-1 when their games exceed nine innings.
The Braves are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Reds have a 4-8 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Braves are 11-5. The Reds have a 10-4 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 20th in runs, Cincinnati has earned 128 this season. Atlanta ranks 13th with 139 runs.
Ranking 14th, Atlanta is in the top half of the league in walks, notching 101 this season. Cincinnati ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 109.
When the Reds hit at least one home run, they are 13-8, well-matched with the Braves who are 11-7 when hitting one or more homers.