Cincinnati Reds
0-0
+115
-125
Atlanta Braves
0-0
Wed, Sep 30 - 12:08p ET   |   ESPN
By Landon Smith

Cincinnati Reds Sox vs Atlanta Braves MLB Baseball NL Wild Card Game 1 Odds, Prediction

Cincinnati Reds Sox vs Atlanta Braves Prediction, Betting Tips and Preview of the match for the MLB Baseball Game on Wednesday September 30th, 2020.
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Cincinnati Reds vs Atlanta Braves Prediction, Betting Tips and Preview of the match for the MLB Baseball Game on Wednesday September 30th, 2020.

 

Trevor Bauer Cincinnati Reds
5-4 W-L | 1.73 ERA | 73.0 IP | 0.79 WHIP

Reds manager David Bell says Trevor Bauer will pitch Game 1 of the Wild Card Round. He'll be followed in the rotation by Luis Castillo and Sonny Gray (if needed).

Bauer has a good chance at taking home National League Cy Young honors this year.

In 73 innings he has put up a 1.73 ERA with a 0.79 WHIP and 100 strikeouts.

Max Fried Atlanta Braves
7-0 W-L | 2.25 ERA | 56.0 IP | 1.09 WHIP

Braves GM Alex Anthopoulos says that Max Fried (ankle) will be ready to pitch the Braves' first postseason game next week.

Fried exited Wednesday's start against the Marlins after tweaking his ankle in the first inning. All indications point to that decision being precautionary.

Fried was fantastic this year, posting a 2.25 ERA in 56 innings to go along with a 1.09 WHIP. He didn't allow a homer until his final start. It remains to be seen who the Braves will play in Round 1.

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Although the Atlanta Braves enter the playoffs after a third straight National League Eastern title, the Cincinnati Reds currently play as well as any team in baseball's playoff business.

With two of the game's best pitchers on the mound, the Braves and Reds will open their best three-wild-card streak in the National League on Wednesday afternoon in Atlanta.

After a 35-25 regular season, Atlanta is the second seed for Newfoundland and Labrador in this unique 2020 playoff series, having won three consecutive division crowns for the first time in a career. dominant 11-year-old from 1995 to 2005. However, the Braves have lost nine consecutive playoffs since defeating Houston in the 2001 National League Division Series, not to mention an additional one-game loss to the St. Louis Cardinals in 2012.

That said, the 2020 Braves led the majors in OPS (0.832) and came second in hitting (0.268), runs (348), home runs (103) and slugging (0.483). First baseman Freddie Freeman is a candidate for National League MVP after hitting .341 with 13 homers and 53 RBIs. Meanwhile, his teammate Marcell Ozuna hit .338 and outscored the National League in home runs (18) and RBIs (56).

Ozuna has hit .467 with three home runs and nine RBIs in his last eight regular-season games. Freeman, meanwhile, is 4 of 10 with three doubles against long-awaited Cincinnati starter Trevor Bauer.

A Cy Young Award nominee, Bauer was 5-4 with a 1.73 NL-best ERA and 100 strikeouts. His work has been one of the main reasons the seventh-seeded Cincinnati has won 11 of its last 14 games to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2013.

Bauer is 2-1 with a 1.24 ERA in his last four regular-season starts, with double-digit strikeouts in three of those games. The 29-year-old right-hander last faced the Braves in August 2019.

Cincinnati's offense is last in the majors with a .212 average this season. However, the Reds were seventh with 90 home runs. Eugenio Suárez hit 15 long balls at the head of the post and also led the team with 38 RBIs. His teammate Nick Castellanos hit 14 home runs in his first season with the Reds, but only hit four .170 home runs in his last 27 games.

Atlanta's scheduled starter Max Fried is 1-1 with a 5.14 ERA in three career games (one start) against the Reds, having last faced them in August 2019. Southpaw has been excellent throughout the season 2020 regular, 7-0 with a 2.25 ERA in 11 starts.

Fried suffered an ankle injury early in his last start on Sept. 23, but appears ready for Wednesday.

Chris Martin, the Atlanta rigger, suffers a right groin injury that leaves his status for this series uncertain. However, Braves point guard Ronald Acuña Jr. (14 home runs in the regular season) should be ready for Game 1 despite a wrist problem.

 

PICK: Cincinnati Reds @ +115, O/U 7.5

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By Landon Smith, on 12:08p ET