MLB Picks: NLDS Game 2 Dodgers vs. Braves

Jeff Grant

Friday, October 4, 2013 2:41 PM GMT

Friday, Oct. 4, 2013 2:41 PM GMT

The Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers have two of the top pitching staffs in baseball, but some runs may be scored due to Friday’s scheduled umpire at Turner Field. 

Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting lines for Game 2 of this National League Division Series, with the first pitch scheduled for 6:07 p.m. ET on TBS. 

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Streaking

Los Angeles has now won seven consecutive Division Series games, as it picked up a 6-1 victory over Atlanta as -142 road favorites Thursday, while climbing OVER the betting total of 6.

The Dodgers are 26-27 against left-handed starters, with the UNDER going 27-24-2 in that situation.

Home-field DIS-advantage

MLB handicappers may be interested in following the zig-zag theory in this contest, but it’s important to note that Atlanta is 5-15 in its last 20 home playoff games, which is a bit surprising due to the team’s success over the years at this venue.

The Braves compiled a 56-25 home record during the regular season, which includes an 11-1 mark in their last 12 games against winning teams in that situation.

Greinke

Dodgers starting pitcher Zack Greinke (15-4, 2.63 ERA) was handed a 1-0 home loss by the Colorado Rockies in his final regular season outing last Saturday, as he allowed a run and four hits over six strong innings.

The right-hander is 7-2 with a 3.21 ERA in 14 road outings, with opposing hitters batting .263 against him. 

In three lifetime appearances versus the Braves, Greinke has tallied a 1-1 record and 3.50 ERA, including a 0-1 mark and 5.73 ERA in two outings at this ballpark. 

What are the Cardinals and Pirates up to?

Minor 

Braves starting pitcher Mike Minor (13-9, 3.21 ERA) watched the club drop his last five outings of the 2013 campaign, including a 5-4 home defeat to the Philadelphia Phillies last Saturday, as he surrendered two runs and five hits over six frames.

The left-hander was 6-5 with a 3.62 ERA in 17 home appearances, issuing just 18 walks and striking out 102 batters in 107 combined innings. 

In five games versus the Dodgers, Minor has compiled a 1-1 record and 2.32 ERA, including a 1-0 mark and 2.25 ERA in two efforts this season. 

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Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers play the total in the first five innings for their MLB picks for this game, as the OVER is 21-13 in umpire Marvin Hudson’s 34 games behind home plate this season.

MLB Pick: Over 3.5 First Five Innings

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