Reds at braves
The Reds take on the Braves tonight in what is sure to be a tremendous matchup between the two sides. The Reds look much better than I expected them too through eight games as they are sitting with a record of 4-4. The Braves are about where I expected them to be with a 6-4 record and first in the NL East. The greatest difference between these two teams this season that I can think of is that I actually can name some people who play for the Braves.
The starting pitchers tonight are Graham Ashcraft for the Reds and Bryce Elder for the Braves. Both of these pitchers were absolutely lights out in their first starts of the season. Ashcraft only gave up four hits and one run through 7 innings against the Pirates and Elder only gave up 2 hits and 0 runs through six innings in his first start against the Cardinals. Both of the pitchers were money which is why for this game I’m going to be focusing on the batters for my picks.
The first four spots in the Reds batting order are pretty good and all have ERA’s over or just below a .300. But when you get past number 4 in the order you only have one batter in the next 5 that is batting .250. They have a very top-heavy order with not much talent to drive in runs towards the bottom. The Braves on the other hand, have quality batters up and down they order. Opening with Acuna, Olsen, and Riley is absolutely lethal to the opposing team. Then having Arcia and Pillar at 7 and 8 in order to have runners on base for the top of the order makes it so that the Braves can score at will.
The Braves are the better team in this matchup. Although both the pitchers put on their best Greg Maddux impression in their first games, the depth that the Braves have is going to make it impossible for the Reds to keep up with them here.
Hammer: Braves -1.5
Sprinkle: Jaosn Vosler 0.5 hits