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6-25-2018 - Expert Prediction

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Game Snapshot with Current Line

#905 Cincinnati
Reds 8.5
#906 Atlanta
Braves -145

Monday, June 25, 2018 at 8:55pm

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Game Stats

Cincinnati Reds
T. MAHLE

32 - 45

6
W's
6
L's
3.89
ERA
1.38
WHIP

Atlanta Braves
M. FOLTYNEWICZ

44 - 32

5
W's
4
L's
2.16
ERA
1.14
WHIP

Cincinnati Reds (32-45 SU, 43-34 ATS, 37-37-3 O/U) at Atlanta Braves (44-32 SU, 42-34 ATS, 38-35-3 O/U)

When and Where: Monday, June 25, SunTrust Park, Atlanta, Ga., 7:35 p.m. EDT.

Riding their longest winning streak in nearly six years, the Cincinnati Reds look for an eighth consecutive victory Monday night when they open a three-game series versus the Atlanta Braves.

Mahle looks to win third straight start for Reds

Tyler Mahle (6-6, 3.89 ERA) looks to win a career-high third straight start and extend his personal winning streak to a career-best four games as he takes the ball for the Reds in this series opener.

The right-hander served up a pair of solo homers but little else over six innings against Detroit on Wednesday in a 5-3 victory. Mahle has gone 3-0 with a 1.61 ERA in his last four starts, yielding four earned runs while striking out 20 in 22 1-3 innings.

Mahle has tossed 11 1-3 consecutive scoreless innings in winning his last two road starts, scattering eight hits and four walks. He is 2-1 with a 3.66 ERA in four starts outside Cincinnati on the season.

The righty did not get a decision versus Atlanta on April 24, giving up a pair of home runs that accounted for all three runs while striking out a career-high 11 in six-plus innings of Cincinnati’s 9-7, 12-inning victory. That is his only career appearance against the Braves.

Freddie Freeman and Kurt Suzuki took him deep in that game while Nick Markakis had a double in his only at-bat.

Foltynewicz coming off DL after stint with triceps tightness for Braves

Mike Foltynewicz (5-4, 2.16 ERA), who is fourth in the National League in earned run average through games played Saturday, makes his return from the 10-day disabled list due to tightness in his right triceps.

The right-hander last started June 12, when he scattered two hits and one walk in five shutout innings but had nothing to show for it before Atlanta eventually recorded an 8-2 victory.

Foltynewicz has allowed two or fewer runs in seven consecutive starts, yet has gone just 3-2 despite an 0.86 ERA in that span because Atlanta has backed him one or no runs in four of them.

He struggled with his control versus Cincinnati on April 23, walking four while yielding a two-run homer and three hits overall in 4 2-3 innings before the Braves absorbed a 10-4 defeat. The fifth-year pitcher is 1-0 with a 2.31 ERA in four career starts against the Reds, striking out 26 in 23 1-3 innings, but also failing to get a decision in the last three outings.

Joey Votto is 3 for 7 against Foltynewicz while drawing five walks, but Scooter Gennett is 0 for 5 with a pair of strikeouts. Scott Schebler‘s home run against him in April is his lone hit in six at-bats.

Trends:

The Reds are:

  • 7-0 in their last seven games overall.
  • 5-0 in Mahle’s last five starts.
  • 5-1 in Mahle’s last six road starts.

The Braves are:

  • 6-15 in Foltynewicz’s last 21 starts.
  • 4-14 in their last 18 Monday games.
  • 0-4 in Foltynewicz’s last four starts vs. NL Central opponents.

Cincinnati outscored opponents 45-21 on its just completed 6-0 homestand after sweeping four games from the Chicago Cubs. Eugenio Suarez went 0 for 3 in Sunday’s 8-6 win to snap a 13-game hitting streak, but he is still 18 for 51 (.353) with five homers in his last 14 games.

Pick: Reds and OVER 8.5 runs

Chris Altruda (@AlTruda73)

A 1994 graduate of Marquette University when they were known as the Warriors and Brooklyn native, Chris Altruda is a freelance sportswriter based in Chicago. He has worked at three major U.S. wire services and also has prior experience in sports handicapping and daily fantasy roster building. Now that the Cubs have won a World Series, he holds out hope the Jets will win a Super Bowl before he dies. Can be followed on Twitter at @AlTruda73.

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