MLB Monday

Another day without a lot of plays, but I’m being selective and focusing on trying to minimize loss and maximize profits. Follow or fade, doesn’t matter, as long as you’re here reading and sharing it with your pals. Let’s cook.

Braves -1.5 (+115) vs Reds

The Reds are back in their home ballpark after a rough road trip. It is also the home debut of manager Jim Riggleman who took over the reigns after Bryan Price was fired early last week. Home field advantage doesn’t matter much to me here with a team like the Reds. They have a relatively hitter’s friendly ballpark and that combined with pitchers that are less than elite equals a disaster for the Reds. They have Sal Romano on the mound today who boasts a 5.75 ERA in the young season. This is going to be an issue when facing a Braves team that can really put some runs on the board this season. The Braves have been playing so well so far because they have a young core surrounded by Veteran talent that can still contribute to the game. They are following the same model that the last two World Series winners have used and it’s working out so far for them. Mike Foltynewicz (spelled it right on the first try) is on the bump for the Braves and he has pitched pretty damn well to start the year.  Folty has only given up more than 1 run in his starts just once this season and even in that game he only allowed 2 runs. He has a great ability to limit opposing teams to getting baserunners, which is a pretty big part of baseball in case you were unaware. He also had an extra day off because of their game with the Mets being cancelled on Sunday and any time you can give a great pitcher an extra day of rest is great because he has an extra day to prepare. It may throw him off a bit because he had to watch film on the Mets and now has to change his gameplan to the Reds hitters. I really do think the Braves are going to be a decent team this year and have gotten off to a hot start. I’m hoping their bats take advantage of Sal Romano on the mound and a team that already doesn’t have much to play for.


Pictured: Braves Pitcher Mike Foltynewicz


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