Baltimore Orioles @ Cincinnati Reds 5/4/24 Free Pick, MLB Odds, MLB Predictions

Baltimore Orioles (21-11) at Cincinnati Reds (16-16)

Game Info: Saturday, May 4th, 2024 at  6:40 p.m. EST (Great American Ballpark)

Betting Odds: Orioles ML (-120) - Over/Under (9.5)

Pick: Orioles ML (-120)

The Baltimore Orioles and the Cincinnati Reds will play the second game of a three game weekend series here on Saturday night at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati. These are two teams that came into the year with lofty expectations of not only making the postseason, but making a respectable postseason run as well. Throughout the early part of the season, these two teams are on track to make a playoff appearance however, they are still around five games apart in the win and loss column. The Baltimore Orioles currently hold a 1-0 lead over the Cincinnati Reds after their shutout win in game one of the series on Friday night. 

John Means will make his season debut for the Baltimore Orioles here on Saturday night, as Baltimore looks to win a second consecutive game against Cincinnati, and officially wrap up this series before heading into Sunday’s finale. They looked solid on both sides of the plate and the opening game of the series on Friday night scoring three runs of their own and holding Cincinnati to a goose egg in route to a comfortable victory to open up the series. That is a performance they will be looking to replicate throughout this game on Saturday evening as well, as they look for their second consecutive victory against the Reds, and their 22nd victory in their first 33 games of the season. 

They will also be looking to extend their lead in the American League East division, as they look to pull away from the best division in baseball and give themselves some padding before heading into the second week of May. Baltimore has been getting the job done throughout the early part of the regular season and they will look to maintain that momentum into the second game of this series as well. They come into this game on a two game winning streak and they have 9 out of 13 games on the road this season. They look to grab their 10th road victory in 14 games with another solid performance here in this one.

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The Cincinnati Reds are another team that came into the season with plenty of expectations, as they are young and hungry and ready to make some noise throughout the league. However, it has been a less than impressive start for Cincinnati this season, as they are currently sitting right at the .500 mark through their first 32 games of the year. They will look to keep their head above water with their 17th victory here on Saturday night as they try to even up this series against Baltimore before heading into Sunday’s finale and in the process keeping the opportunity alive to take the series. 

Andrew Abbott will take the baseball for Cincinnati in the second game of the series and he will be searching for his second victory of the season. He is off to a rough start this year as he has had four decisions throughout the early part of the year and he has lost three of them. His ERA currently sits well above three and that is something he will need to work on throughout this start if he wants to remain successful the rest of the season. However, he will certainly need some run support from his offense after posting a zero yesterday against Baltimore. Otherwise, it could be another very long night for Cincinnati’s pitching against the Orioles.

Betting trends to consider in this matchup:

- Baltimore is 9-4 on the road this season

- Cincinnati is 9-14 against teams with a winning record

- Baltimore has won four out of their last five 

There should be a solid back-and-forth game throughout this contest on Saturday night, but in the end, I do look for the Baltimore Orioles to grab their second consecutive victory over the Cincinnati Reds. I look for the Baltimore Orioles offense to get the job done at the plate for the second night in a row, and I look for the pitching staff to shut down Cincinnati, solid offense or at least limit the damage enough to help them pick up another victory here in this one.

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