Reds vs. Brewers Pick MLB – July 9th

It was a good night for me personally, going 3 for 3 with picks, as the A’s won in a close 2-1 game as prescribed (covering the UNDER with ease as well), and the Tigers continuing their dominance over the Indians with a 10-inning 4-2 victory.  Let’s just say I enjoyed my night much more than Joey Votto…

If you haven’t already seen the game-saving, two-out bottom of the ninth, homerun-robbing catch by Carlos Gomez to walk off the field with a 4-3 win, you need to check it out.  I know everyone is fawning over the throw from Manny Machado several days ago, but when you factor in importance and time of the play, I am not sure there will be a better gem turned in all season than the one by Gomez last night.  I mean, just WATCH Joey Votto’s reaction!  He is stunned to the point he doesn’t stop his homerun trot for another 7 or 8 seconds and makes the umpire check his glove twice!  It’s really entertaining stuff…

OK, let’s keep our good mojo going and nab another winner today.

Cincinnati Reds -130 at Milwaukee Brewers +122 (Total: 9)

Tony Cingrani (3-0, 3.40 ERA) vs. Wily Peralta (5-9, 5.27 ERA)

It’s been a tough season for Wily Peralta, but all accounts say that he is feeling fine and ready to take the mound tonight after not appearing since July 2nd and leaving with soreness.  He will need to be sharp to go head-up with the Reds “extra starter” Tony Cingrani, who is back in the majors and in the rotation again after yet another trip to the DL for Johnny Cueto.

I like the Reds to be on point tonight after a heart-breaking loss yesterday.  The Brewers will get a lift from the return of Ryan Braun to the lineup tonight, but one would expect him to need a few days to get his timing and swing back into MVP form.  In the meantime, they have some serious left-handed hitting deficiencies to overcome.  They are just 8-22 this season against southpaws, despite a reasonable .262 batting average.

The Reds have won seven of their last ten games against the Brewers, and five of them have been by more than one run.  I like them to jump on Peralta tonight and get the young Cingrani some early run support.  Cingrani has been even better than his 3.40 ERA indicates, as a few of the runs he has allowed this season have been in spotty relief appearances.  In his starts, he has been excellent this season.  In fact, about six weeks ago there was serious discussion over whether he or Mike Leake would retain the fifth roster spot when Cueto returned from the DL.

I like the Reds tonight, and they are a really good value with all their advantages and only playing -130 for backing Cincinnati.

Free Pick:  Cincinnati Reds to WIN -130