TOM STRYKER’S FREE MLB BEST BET THURSDAY, AUGUST 1ST
#906 ATLANTA with Fried (-152) over Cincinnati with DeSclafani at 7:20 PM EST
With a little steam off a pair of road wins over the Nats in DC and with a 6.5-game cushion in the NL East standings, look for the Braves to crank their game up a notch at home on Thursday night.
Left-hander Max Fried will hit the hill for Hotlanta. In his last two outings on the road at Philadelphia and Milwaukee, No. 54 was effective allowing just four earned runs and 10 hits in 10.1 innings of work. Fried fanned 11 and issued five free passes on his way to a 2-0 record and a 3.48 ERA. Equally impressive, with the moon shining tihs season, “Mad Max” has been in a zone. At night, Fried has been touched for only 40 earned runs and 94 hits in 92.0 innings. That’s good enough for a 10-3 mark with a respectable 3.91 ERA.
Countering for the Big Red Machine will be veteran right hander Anthony DeSclafani. In four July starts, No. 28 was zapped for seven earned runs and 19 hits in 22.2 innings. DeSclafani whiffed 26 and walked six en route to a 1-1 tally with a 2.78 ERA. However, on the road, Anthony has been average-at-best. On foreign soil, DeSclafani has allowed 26 earned runs and 51 hits in 50.1 innings. That equates to a 2-2 mark with a 4.65 ERA.
Plenty of solid angles support this diamond money-maker. Atlanta has won nine of its last 12 when facing a foe that allowed two runs or less last, 20 of its last 28 when facing an opponent that owns a team won/loss percentage less than .500, 35 of its last 51 after scoring five runs or more in their previous game and seven of its last nine with “Mad Max” holding the pearl. On the other side of the grass at Sun Trust Park, Cincinnati has fallen in nine of its last 13 as a guest and four of its last five against NL East foes.
If the Braves want to grab the division title this year, they’ll need to improve a home record that rests at 30-23 after 53 games. Take Atlanta with Fried. Thanks and best of luck, Tom.
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