The 2013 MLB betting season is finishing up here at Cappers Info, and we are set to make more of our patented MLB picks for one of our favorite times of year. On Friday night, the Los Angeles Dodgers will be led onto the field by Zack Greinke, as they visit the Atlanta Braves, who will be countering with Mike Minor in the NLDS Game 2. The first pitch from Turner Field is set to be thrown out at 6:00 p.m. ET
Friday Baseball Picks: Los Angeles Dodgers @ Atlanta Braves Game 2
Date: Friday, October 4th, 6:00 ET
Location: Turner Field, Atlanta, GA
Dodgers vs. Braves On TV: TBS
Los Angeles Dodgers (Zack Greinke) +105
Atlanta Braves (Mike Minor) -114
We have a couple fears about backing the Dodgers in Game 2 of the NLDS. The first is the obvious fact that this is a must win game for the Braves. Falling behind 2-0 at home and knowing that there are two games to be played at Dodger Stadium (and then Game 5 back at home against LHP Clayton Kershaw again) is basically as good as death. The second issue that we have we mentioned in yesterday’s game, and that’s that this Atlanta team won 56 games at home last season. Finally, we at least have a few reservations about RHP Zack Greinke in this game. Greinke is awesome, and he is probably the best #2 pitcher in baseball, but his ERA was up a run on the road (3.21) from where it was at home this year (2.11). On top of that, the one time that the righty did pitch in the second season, he made three starts for the Milwaukee Brewers, and he allowed 15 runs in 16.2 innings of work.
All of the choking that the Braves have done in the playoffs in the past is well documented, and we know that this is a team that has been a horror to try to back on the MLB playoff odds, especially in big games here at home. However, we think that the time is finally here to pull the trigger once again, as LHP Mike Minor has really been pitching well. Perhaps the southpaw can trip up the Dodgers lineup, one which we still don’t believe is really all that remarkable when push comes to shove without two of their top outfielders in the fold.
Dodgers @ Braves Game 2 Pick 10/4/13: Atlanta Braves -114
Dodgers @ Braves Game 2 Score Prediction: Braves 4 – Dodgers 2