MLB Picks: Chicago Cubs vs. Atlanta Braves
Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Scott Feldman was 0-3 with an 11.25 ERA during spring training, which can't be ignored when making your MLB picks on Friday night, as he takes on the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field.
Sports bettors will find that the Cubs are plus-180 road underdogs in the pro baseball odds page (courtesy of SBR Forum), while the total sits at 7.5 in the betting market.
Let's take a closer look at this National League contest from a betting perspective, while offering a total prediction along the way.
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The Chicago Cubs won two of three games against the Pittsburgh Pirates to start the 2013 MLB campaign, including a 3-2 victory on Thursday afternoon.
Over the last two-plus seasons, the Cubs are a dismal 17-51 as road underdogs of plus-150 or more.
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Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Mike Minor is 4-0 with a 4.30 ERA in four career starts versus the Chicago Cubs.
The Braves scored 16 runs in their first two games against the Philadelphia Phillies to start the season, but suffered a 2-0 home loss in the series finale on Thursday.
I'm going to recommend that readers play the total as one of their sports betting picks on Friday night, as Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Mike Minor has compiled a 5.60 ERA in his career before the All-Star break.
MLB Pick: Over 7.5