Written and authored by Major League Baseball Expert Analyst Charlie McDougall. Charliessports.com produces it for Baseball news and notes. The teams will play on Thursday April 30th, 2015. At 7:10 PM EST.
The (11-11) Cincinnati Reds of the National League Central Division will make the trip to the “PEACH STATE”. For the opening game of the four-game set. Cincinnati will play the (10-10) Atlanta Braves of the National League East in 2015 MLB action. The teams will play at Turner Field overlooking the skyline of Atlanta, Georgia. The Best Sports Handicapper believes Cincinnati is gaining momentum and will get better as the season progresses. Atlanta will be in the thick of the NL East race the entire season. The opening betting line has Atlanta as a -125 home favorite; the betting total is seven runs for Thursday’s game.
The 2015 Cincinnati Reds took tow of three from Milwaukee but lost the series finale 8-3 in a matinee on April 29th. Cincinnati is fourth in the NL Central, four-game out of first place. First Baseman Joey Votto is returning to All-Star form; the slugger leads the team in all five major offensive categories. Cincinnati will be on the road for a nine-game trip, they return home on May 11th. Catcher Devin Mesoraco action is seeing limited action with a hip injury. The betting odds under the total are 11-5-2 Cincinnati last eighteen baseball game on Thursday’s. The Reds are 16-35 their last fifty-one MLB game away from “SOUTHWEST OHIO”. The Cincinnati Reds are 8-2 their last ten overall, going over the betting odds total three times, staying under the betting odds total six and have a push. Cincinnati will send the Right Handed Mike Leake (0-1) with a 3.90 ERA to the mound for game one of the 2015 MLB Picks series at Atlanta. The Arizona State product went seven innings, giving up four hits and three runs in a 7-3 home loss to the Cubs on April 24th. The betting odds over the total are 10-1-1 Leakes last twelve starts on Thursday’s. The Cincinnati Reds are 22/1 to win the 2015 MLB National League Pennant.
The 2015 Atlanta Braves are in action on Wednesday Night April 29th. Atlanta has lost two of three and is playing the rubber game against Washington. Atlanta is second the Division, 4.5 games behind the New York Mets. Free Agent acquisition Nick Markakis is the team leader with a .329 batting average, a.440 on-base percentage, and twenty-three hits. Atlanta has a .256 team batting average. Braves pitching are holding the opposition to .244 at the plate. The Braves have a couple more series at home, before hitting the road on Friday May 8th. Atlanta is 2-8 their last ten baseball games on grass. The Atlanta Braves are 3-7 their last ten overall, going over the betting odds total six times and staying under the betting odds total four. Right Hander Shelby Miller (3-0) with a 2.05 ERA will be on the hill for the first game. The 6’3″ 215 pound Houston native threw six innings, giving up three hits and two runs his last start, a 5-2 win at Philadelphia on April 25th. The betting odds over the total are 6-2 Atlanta last eight as a betting odds favorite. The Atlanta Braves are 22/1 to win the 2015 MLB National League Championship.