Cincinnati Reds vs Atlanta Braves – 5/11/15 MLB Fantasy Sports, Baseball Picks, Odds & Predictions
From the Major League Baseball diamond for Monday May 11th it will be the Cincinnati Reds at home facing the Atlanta Braves. MLB draft fantasy managers can view this game from Cincinnati at 7PM Eastern Time over ESPN. The pitching matchup features Shelby Miller a right hander squaring off against Red veteran right hander Mike Leake.
This is the second series between these two NL clubs. They split a four game series in early May held at Atlanta. The Braves road trip began with three straight losses at the Washington Nationals as they dropped a 5-4 decision. Like their first series against the Nationals the Atlanta pitching staff got torched. The Nationals piled up 22 runs in their three games against the Braves. The Braves rank 24th in all of baseball in both Team ERA and WHIP. The Atlanta pitching staff has an ERA of 4.47 which is bad for a National League team that sends the pitchers to bat for themselves.
The Reds have lost two straight taking the win on Friday in their weekend interleague series at the Chicago White Sox. Cincinnati is a home run hitting team ranking 3rd in MLB with 39 hits on the year. This is the first home game after a very long ten game road trip that saw the team go 5-5.
Cincinnati Reds SS: Zach Cozart leads the everyday players on the team with a .324 batting average. He has hits in six of his past seven games with multiple hits in three of the games. On Sunday Cozard had three hits in four at bats with 2 RBI’s. The Reds shortstop had five homers and 15 RBIs.
Cincinnati Reds 1B: Joey Votto is a career .311 hitters. In 2015 he is on right around his career marks with a .315 batting average with seven homers and 20 RBIs. Votto is good at drawing walks and hehas already 19 which raises his on base percentage to .415. On Saturday Votto had a 3 for 4 day with two RBIs.
Cincinnati Reds 2B: Brandon Phillips is hitting nearly 40 points higher than his career mark as he has a .310 batting average on the campaign. He has just 2 extra base hits and has 15 RBIs. He has six multiple hit games over his past ten games.
Cincinnati Reds 3B: Todd Frazier is trying to pull up his batting average in recent games. He was as low as .215 back on May 3rd. Frazier has hits in five of his past six games he is now hitting .241 on the year.
Cincinnati Reds RF: Seven year veteran Jay Bruce is going through a major slump to start the season with a batting average of .167 in his 30 games played. He is just 1 of 15 over his past four games and 4 of 27 for the month of May.
Cincinnati Red P: Mike Leake is 2-1 in six starts on the year. He leads the starters with an ERA of 2.47 in his 43 2/3rd innings of work. Leake has allowed no earned runs over his past two games working 8 innings in each start at Pittsburgh and at Atlanta.
Atlanta Braves 1B: Freddie Freeman leads the everyday starts with a .328 batting average with five homers and 18 RBIs. Freeman has hits in seven straight with multiple hits in five of those games.
Atlanta Braves RF: Nick Markakis his near his career mark with a 2015 batting average of .296. He has no homers and 8 RBIS. He brings a six game hitting streak into Monday’s game.
Atlanta Braves 2B: Second year man Jace Peterson is batting .282 on the year with no homers and 9 RBIs. Only one extra base hit for Peterson on the campaign. He has raised his average from .237 on May 1st as he has hits in six of his past seven games with three of the games a multi-hit game.
Atlanta Braves P: Shelby Miller leads the Braves pitching staff with a 4-1 record and ERA of just .166. Miller isn’t allowing many baserunners this year as he has a WHIP of under 1 season to date.
MLB Real Monday Best Fantasy Picks
P: Shelby Miller (Braves)
2B: Brandon Phillips (Reds)
1B: Joey Votto (Reds)
SS: Zach Cozart (Reds)
RF: Nick Markakis (Braves)
C: Brayan Pena (Reds)