Two of the top teams in the National League meet on Friday in Cincinnati as the Reds host the Atlanta Braves in a baseball betting game that can be seen on the MLB Network. The Reds have a definite advantage on Friday night as they will be sending red-hot Johnny Cueto to the mound. He has been as good as any pitcher in the league lately as in his last seven starts he is 4-1 with a 0.96 ERA.
SBG Global current line: Reds – 133, Total 8.5 Over – 115
Cueto is now 10-2 on the season and has turned into one of the best pitchers in baseball. Cueto is 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA in his career against the Braves. He will be up against an Atlanta team that could be hitting the wall. The Braves have struggled on the road this season and they are now feeling the heat from the Philadelphia Phillies in the National League East. The Braves are set to go with Kris Medlen on Friday. He did not pitch well last time out against Florida as he gave up five runs on eight hits in six innings but the Braves still found a way to win. Medlen has a 3.57 ERA this MLB betting season but he is 5-0 in his 12 starts.
Cincinnati had an off day on Thursday and it gave their bullpen a rest. The Reds bullpen has been working hard but very effectively. They have now gone 15 consecutive innings without giving up a run.
Atlanta beat Cincinnati earlier this season in a two-game series at Turner Field. The Braves are 21-8 in their last 29 vs. the National League Central. The Braves are 35-16 in their last 51 games vs. a right-handed starter. The Braves are 5-0 in Medlen’s last 5 road starts. The Braves are 3-9 in the last 12 meetings in Cincinnati.
The Reds are 5-2 in their last 7 games vs. a right-handed starter. The Reds are 2-6 in their last 8 vs. the National League East. The Reds are 6-1 in Cueto’s last 7 home starts. The Reds are 12-4 in Cueto’s last 16 starts.
In regards to the total, the Over is 8-3 in the Braves last 11 overall. The Over is 4-0 in Medlen’s last 4 road starts. The Over is 12-2-3 in Cueto’s last 17 home starts. The Over is 25-11-1 in the last 37 meetings between the two teams.