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Cincinnati Reds (31-30) at Atlanta Braves (36-25)

Thursday, October 01, 2020 at 12:08 pm

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At 12:10 pm, our selection is on the Cincinnati Reds over the Atlanta Braves.  Game 1 of this series went 13 innings before the Braves finally got a run across the plate in a 1-0 victory.  The Braves used their ace on Wednesday and LHP Max Fried was spectacular, throwing seven six-hit innings with 5 K's an 0 walks.  But there's a pretty big drop off from Fried to rookie Ian Anderson.  More importantly is that Anderson isn't a southpaw.  The Reds simply can't hit lefties as evidenced by what happened Wednesday and so we can expect their offense -- which isn't bad -- to at least score some runs.  They led with their ace, Trevor Bauer, in Game 1, but not far behind Bauer is RHP Luis Castillo who will get the call this afternoon.  Castillo followed up his 15-win All Star 2019 with just a 4-6 record this season but his 3.21 ERA and 3.71 K:BB ratio were both improvements.  The Braves are 1-5 in their last six playoff games as a favorite.  Take Cincy.  As always, good luck...Al McMordie.

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