Atlanta Braves vs. Cincinnati Reds
Tip-off: Monday, May 6, 2013 – 7:00 PM ET
Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, Ohio
- Atlanta: Maholm (3-3, 3.08 ERA)
- Cincinnati: Arroyo (2-3, 3.95 ERA)
The Atlanta Braves haven’t able to really impress online sports betting fans by not being able to recapture the magic from their best start in 19 years. However, experts consider the Braves will get a big boost in the opener to a lengthy road trip.
Tonight Brian McCann will most likely make his season debut versus the Cincinnati Reds, who have dominated Atlanta lately and own the best home record in the majors.
The Braves (18-12) come into their 10-game trek after avoiding a fourth straight defeat Sunday with a 9-4 victory versus the New York Mets. Freddie Freeman homered and drove in three runs, and Reed Johnson also had three RBIs as Atlanta plated its most runs since a 10-2 victory versus the Colorado Rockies on April 23.
YouWager line movers point out that yesterday’s win was only the sixth in 17 games for the Braves following a 12-1 start, their best since opening 13-1 in 1994. Atlanta won its first seven games away from home in 2013 before dropping seven of the last nine.
The 29 year-old McCann will try to assist the Braves around those road difficulties in his return from shoulder surgery. The catcher wrapped up his rehab stint with Triple-A Gwinnett yesterday.
The six-time All-Star has hit at least 20 homers in five of his last six seasons but batted a career-low .230 in 2012.
The Reds (18-14) come into this series after a 5-5 road trip, that ended with a three-game sweep at Wrigley Field this weekend. Even when Cincinnati beat the Chicago Cubs 7-4 on Sunday, they lost second baseman Brandon Phillips to an undisclosed injury.
Phillips won’t want to sit out tonight considering he’s batting .370 with six RBIs in his last seven games, and he’s a career .353 hitter (18 for 51) with four homers versus Atlanta scheduled starter Paul Maholm (3-3, 3.08 ERA).
Maholm is 3-0 with a 2.76 ERA in his past five starts versus Cincinnati and 5-1 with a 2.62 ERA in the last 12.
The 30 year-old has received one run of support over his past three outings and lost them all, but only one of them was bad — eight runs in 3 2/3 innings versus the Detroit Tigers on April 26. the right-hander went a season-high eight innings Wednesday versus the Washington Nationals, giving up two runs and three hits in a 2-0 defeat.