Aaron Blair (0-4, 7.13 ERA) and Daniel Wright (0-2, 7.20 ERA) take the hill in the first of a four-game series between the Atlanta Braves (18-44) and the Cincinnati Reds (24-39) at Turner Field. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Monday, Jun. 13 and can be seen on FSOH and FSSE.
Blair pitched 4.1 innings in his most recent start, surrendering two runs, striking out four and walking three in a 4-3 defeat to the Padres. Freddie Freeman (.242, 27 Rs, 9 HRs, 18 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one stolen base. Wright went 1.1 innings, surrendering three in a 10-9 defeat to the Nationals in his last outing.
The Braves are a -120 favorite with a total of 9 in this battle of rebuilding ballclubs.
Pick - Atl
In their last game, the Braves lost by a margin of 11 runs. The Reds are 0-4 in games decided by a margin of 10 runs or more. The Braves have a 0-2 record in blowouts.
The Braves are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded 10 strikeouts. The Reds have a record of 4-12 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When they are outhit, the Braves are 4-31. The Reds have a 6-30 record when opponents outhit them.
Atlanta ranks at the bottom of the league when it comes to home runs, hitting 25 this season. Cincinnati ranks in the top half at 11th with 76.
Atlanta and Cincinnati both rank near the bottom of the league in walks. Atlanta sits at 22nd with 176 this season and Cincinnati ranks 27th with 147.
The Braves are 7-12 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Reds are 20-22 when they hit at least one homer.