MLB Picks on Reds +165 in John Lamb's Debut: Play Against LAD

Ross Benjamin

Friday, August 14, 2015 2:07 PM GMT

Friday, Aug. 14, 2015 2:07 PM GMT

The MLB picks you are about to receive for Reds vs. Dodgers are intended for the brave, the bold and the sharp. Read this insightful betting preview article and find out what we recommend.

Pair of Southpaw Pitchers Collide at Dodger Stadium on Friday
The Reds and Dodgers play their second of a four game series on Friday. The first pitch at Dodger Stadium is slated for 10:10 PM ET. A pair of southpaw starting pitchers will square off this evening. John Lamb will make his first career MLB start tonight for Cincinnati. The Dodgers counter with recently acquired Alex Wood. Cincinnati took the series opener with decisive 10-3 win.


Reds Report
Cincinnati has scored a combined 23 runs and pounded out 35 hits during their previous three games. Don’t be fooled by 25 year old John Lamb making his MLB debut tonight. Lamb came to Cincinnati as part of the trade that sent Johnny Cueto to Kansas City. Ironically, Lamb has been assigned #47 which previously belonged to Cueto prior being traded. In 20 minor league starts this season, Lamb was 10-2 and had an impressive 2.67 ERA. Most recently, he compiled a stellar 2.28 ERA in his last eight minor league outings, and struck out 52 in 43 1/3 innings pitched. He’ll replace Michael Lorenzen in the starting rotation. Lorenzen has since been demoted to AAA Louisville of the International League.


Dodgers Blue of Late
The Dodgers are 2-5 in their last seven games. Their only two wins in that stretch came with Zack Grienke and Clayton Kershaw on the mound. In the five losses without their two ace hurlers, they allowed an average of 8.4 runs per game. Alex Wood will be making his third start while donning a Dodgers uniform since being acquired at the trade deadline. His first two in Dodgers blue were far from impressive. During those outings, Wood allowed 7 earned runs on 13 hits and walked 5 in 11 1/3 innings. The former Atlanta Braves hurler has gone a combined 8-14 in his team starts with a lofty 1.42 WHIP in 2015.


Money Line Betting Angle
The Dodgers Alex Wood has a 3.72 ERA this year.

The Dodgers bullpen allowed 5 earned runs in last night’s 10-3 loss.

Play against any National League home team (Dodgers) that has a starting pitcher (Wood) with an ERA of 3.70 to 4.20, and their bullpen allowed 5 earned runs or more in its previous game. If you hypothetically went against the home team in this exact situation, you would’ve been 112-63 (64%) since 1997. That winning percentage may seem a bit underwhelming to some of you. However, keep in mind that it favors a large money line underdog this evening. I’m going to side with the road team for one of my MLB picks on Friday. According to MLB betting odds, the Reds provide us with the best money line value.

MLB Picks: Play Cincinnati +165 on the money line at 5Dimes

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