The “first half” of the MLB betting season is coming to a close, and Atlanta hosts Cincinnati in a four-game set before most of the players from both teams get a few days off. Between the two, the Reds and Braves have four All-Stars going to New York’s Citi Field, including two starters (both from Cincinnati). Atlanta has a comfortable lead in the East going into the break, while Cincinnati is well in the wild-card running.
Mat Latos (8-2, 3.18) vs. Tim Hudson (5-7, 4.03) – Thursday, 7:10 PM ET
Odds: Braves -130
Latos is fifth in the NL in strikeouts and has K’d nine batters or more in each of his last four starts, including two double-digits outings. He is 3-2 in six starts against the Braves in his career with a solid ERA of 2.45, and the All-Star snub is 3-1 in 10 road starts with a 2.91 ERA. Hudson picked up his first win in two months in his last outing, and over his long career, he is 4-1 in seven starts against Cincinnati with a 3.10 ERA. At home, Hudson is 3-0 in eight starts with a 2.68 ERA.
Bronson Arroyo (7-7, 3.55) vs. Kris Medlen (6-8, 3.45) – Friday, 7:30 PM ET
Arroyo has struggled on the road in 2013, going 1-5 in six starts with a 5.70 ERA, but despite a 5.44 ERA in 17 games (16 starts) against Atlanta in his career, he still has a 6-4 record. Medlen lost for the first time in four starts in his last effort, and he is 3-4 at home in nine starts with a 2.83 ERA. In six games (two starts) against Cincinnati, Medlen is 0-0 with a blown save and a 3.60 ERA.
Homer Bailey (5-7, 3.70) vs. Mike Minor (8-4, 3.05) – Saturday, 4:05 PM ET
Bailey was knocked around a bit following his no-hitter against San Francisco, and he is 2-6 on the road in 2013 with a 4.61 ERA in nine starts. Against Atlanta, Bailey is 2-0 in four starts with a 3.42 ERA, which is respectable enough. Minor hasn’t picked up a win in his last five starts and he has had troubles at home, going 2-3 in nine starts with a 3.61 ERA, which are definitely not as good as his road splits. He has split his two meetings with Cincinnati, posting a 3.46 ERA.
Tony Cingrani (3-1, 3.30) vs. Julio Teheran (7-4, 3.09) – Sunday, 1:35 PM ET
In the series finale, Cingrani will aim to get into the win column after being moved back into the rotation and he has been decent away from home, going 2-1 in seven games (five starts) with a 3.75 ERA. This will be the first time that the 2011 draft pick will be facing Atlanta. He’ll go up against Teheran, who is 4-1 in eight home starts with a 2.50 ERA, and he has never seen Cincinnati before, so this is a very interesting baseball betting matchup to take these two NL clubs into the All-Star break.