Bet 'Over' in Thursday Nights' Braves vs. Reds MLB Odds

Jeff Grant

Thursday, August 21, 2014 2:06 PM GMT

The Cincinnati Reds pitching staff has really struggled in the last week, which will lead to a high-scoring affair against the Atlanta Braves Thursday night.

Turning the Corner
Atlanta has proven victorious in five of its last six games after going through a stretch of capturing just three of ifs previous 12, as it attempts to bounce back from a 3-2 defeat to the Pittsburgh Pirates as +107 road underdogs Wednesday.

The Braves swept a three-game home series against the Reds in April, which is important to consider when looking at the MLB Odds, as they outscored them by a 10-5 combined margin.

Since the start of the 2012 campaign, the franchise is 29-25 as favorites of -125 to -150 when playing away from Turner Field, with the UNDER going 28-23-3 in that situation.

 

Miserable Road Trip
Cincinnati returns home after a 1-6 road trip, which included a 7-3 setback to the St. Louis Cardinals as -102 underdogs last night, while going OVER the total in six of those affairs.

The Reds bullpen has compiled a 0-7 record and 6.10 ERA in August, as the tired group has thrown a lot of pitches recently due to the starting rotation’s inability to go deep into ballgames. 

MLB handicappers will find that the club has fallen in defeat in all four of its opportunities as home underdogs over the last two-plus seasons.

 

Teheran
Braves starting pitcher Julio Teheran (11-9, 3.06 ERA) snapped his personal three-game losing streak last time out, as he allowed two runs and four hits over six innings in a 4-3 home victory over Oakland Athletics.

The right-hander is 6-7 with a 4.27 ERA in 13 road appearances, with opposing hitters batting .265 against him (.203 at home).

In two career starts versus the Reds, Teheran has registered a 0-1 record and 3.38 ERA.

 

Holmberg
David Holmberg (0-0, 16.88 ERA) will be making his second start for the Reds and his third MLB appearance, as he didn’t factor into the decision in a 6-5 home win over the Chicago Cubs on July 8—giving up five runs and seven hits over 2.2 innings of work.

The left-hander went 1-2 with a 4.26 ERA over his last six minor league outings at Triple-A Louisville.

Holmberg has struggled with his health in 2014, as he made just one appearance in the Spring due to a shin injury, while he was shelved with tendinitis in his throwing shoulder from April 22-May 11 and May 21-June 10.

 

Prediction
I’m going to recommend that readers play the total as one of their MLB picks, as the OVER is 8-0 in the Reds last eight games as underdogs.
MLB Free Pick: Over 8 at 5Dimes

 

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