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Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds Free Pick- 8/14/13

Cincinnati Reds (66-52) at Chicago Cubs (52-66)

MLB Baseball: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 2:20 pm (Wrigley Field)

Bronson Arroyo (R) (10-9) (3.511) vs. Chris Rusin (L) (2-1) (3.076)

The Line: Chicago Cubs +130 / Cincinnati Reds -140 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-Ohio, WGN

The Chicago Cubs and the Cincinnati Reds face off on Wednesday afternoon at Wrigley Field as they close out their three game series.

The Chicago Cubs fought back to get the game to extra innings on Tuesday, but in the end it wasn’t good enough as they lost to the Reds. Dioner Navarro, Nate Schierholtz, and Donnie Murphy all had home runs as the Cubs scored four runs on seven hits. Starting pitcher Jeff Samardzjia allowed six hits and four runs, while striking out five over 6.0 innings, but he didn’t factor in the decision as Eduardo Sanchez took the loss to fall to 0-1 on the year. For Wednesday’s game the Cubs start Chris Ruslin, who had a shutout win in his last start. For the season Ruslin has allowed 25 hits and nine earned runs while striking out 18 over 26.1 innings for a 201 record and a 3.08 ERA.

Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds Free Pick- 8/14/13

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The Cincinnati Reds have owned the Cubs and while it took them extra innings to do it, the Reds beat the Cubs again on Tuesday. Brandon Phillips had three hits and Joey Votto, Shin-Soo Choo, and Jay Bruce all had hits as the Reds scored six runs on eight hits. Starting pitcher Homer Bailey allowed six hits and four runs while striking out five over 6.1 innings to not get a decision as J.J. Hoover got the win to go to 3-5 on the year and Aroldis Chapman earned his 29th save. For Wednesday’s game, the Reds start Bronson Arroyo. who is coming off of a win in his last start. For the season, Arroyo has allowed 144 hits and 58 earned runs while striking out 88 over 148.2 innings for a 10-9 record and a 3.51 ERA.

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Chicago is 4-12 in their last 16 games overall, 0-6 in their last six home games, and 1-8 in their last nine home games against a right-handed starter. Cincinnati is 6-1 in their last seven games, 3-5 in their last eight road games, and 8-2 in Arroyo’s last 10 starts as a favorite. Cincinnati is 24-8 in their last 32 games in Chicago.

I don’t love this one, but the Reds just seem to have the Cubs’ number and there's no reason to believe they don’t still have it here.

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