MLB Picks: Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds

Jeff Grant@@JeffGrantSportsContributor IMay 24, 2013

MLB Picks: Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds

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    The Cincinnati Reds are 17-5 in their last 22 games against the Chicago Cubs, which is important to consider when making your MLB picks on Friday as the two teams open up a three-game series at the Great American Ball Park.

    Sports bettors will find that the Reds are minus-144 home favorites in the pro baseball odds (courtesy of SBR Forum), while the total sits at eight in the market.

    Let's take a closer look at this National League Central matchup from a betting perspective, while offering up a prediction along the way.

Chicago Cubs

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    The Chicago Cubs have dropped four games in a row, with the offense producing just nine runs over that span.

    Cubs starting pitcher Scott Feldman is 4-0 with a 1.27 ERA in his last five starts as he prepares to face the Cincinnati Reds for the first time in his career. 

Cincinnati Reds

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    The Cincinnati Reds are 16-6 at home this season, with the OVER going 13-9 in that situation.

    Reds starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo is 11-9 with a 2.99 ERA in 28 career games versus the Chicago Cubs, including a 2-1 mark and 3.54 ERA in three appearances a season ago. 

Prediction

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    I'm going to recommend that readers back the Cincinnati Reds as one of their MLB picks on Friday, as they've gone 12-5 in Bronson Arroyo's last 17 starts as a home favorite.

    MLB Pick: Cincinnati Reds -144

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