MLB Picks: Feldman & Cubs vs. Arroyo & Reds

Jeff Grant

Friday, May 24, 2013 12:00 PM GMT

The Cincinnati Reds have dominated the Chicago Cubs recently, as the two teams prepare to open up a three-game series at the Great American Ball Park Friday night.


Let’s take a closer look at the MLB odds for this National League Central matchup, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:10 p.m. ET.

Trouble scoring

Chicago is mired in a four-game losing streak, with the offensive providing just nine runs over that span, as it looks to bounce back from a 4-2 setback to the Pittsburgh Pirates as +118 road underdogs Thursday.

The Cubs are 0-3 on the road when the total is between 8 and 8.5, while the UNDER has gone 2-1 in that situation.

Looking good

Cincinnati is tied with Pittsburgh for second place in the NL Central standings, as both teams sit 1.5 games back of the St. Louis Cardinals.  The club is a season-best 11 games over .500—entering this series with a 29-18 overall record.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the Reds are 22-20 following an off day, but they’ve won six of seven contests when landing in that situation during the 2013 campaign.

Feldman

Cubs starting pitcher Scott Feldman (4-3, 2.19 ERA) has led the club to five consecutive victories, including an 8-2 home win over the New York Mets last time out, as he allowed seven hits over 6.2 shutout innings.

The right-hander is 1-2 with a 3.22 ERA in four road outings, issuing 12 free passes and striking out 15 batters in 22.1 combined frames.

Feldman will be making his first career start against the Reds.

Arroyo

Reds starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo (4-4, 3.28 ERA) has won back-to-back starts against the Philadelphia Phillies and Milwaukee Brewers, as he managed to allow just 10 hits over 14.1 shutout frames over that span. 

The right-hander is 3-1 with a 2.94 ERA in five home appearances, issuing five walks and striking out 26 batters in 33.2 combined frames, while serving up just two home runs. 

In 28 games (26 starts) versus the Cubs, Arroyo has tallied a winning 11-9 record and 2.99 ERA, including a 2-1 mark and 3.54 ERA in three efforts a season ago. 

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Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Reds as one of their MLB picks Friday night, as Feldman is allowing left-handed batters to hit 50 points higher than righties, which could prove troublesome when facing the likes of Jay Bruce, Shin-Soo Choo and Joey Votto.

MLB Pick: Cincinnati Reds -144 at BET 365