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Cincinnati Reds vs. Chicago Cubs MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 7/10/14

Chicago Cubs (38-52) at Cincinnati Reds (49-42)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 12:35 pm (Great American Ball Park)

Kyle Hendricks (R) (0-0) (0.00) vs. Homer Bailey (R) (8-5) (4.154)

The Line: Cincinnati Reds -185 / Chicago Cubs +175 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds

TV: WGN

The Cincinnati Reds and the Chicago Cubs close out their series on Thursday afternoon at Great American Ballpark.

The Cincinnati Reds continue to close the gap on the Brewers in the NL Central as they moved within 2.5 games of the lead with their win on Wednesday. Brandon Phillips had two hits  and Billy Hamilton and Jay Bruce each had hits as the Reds scored four runs on seven hits. Starting pitcher Alfredo Simon continued his strong season as he allowed four hits and a run while striking out eight over 6.2 innings to get the win to go to 12-3 and Aroldis Chapman earned his 19th save. For Monday’s game the Reds start Hoer Bailey who has lost two of his last three starts. For the season Bailey ahs allowed 116 hits and 52 earned runs while striking out 102 over 112.2 innings for an 8-5 record and a 4.15 ERA.

Cincinnati Reds vs. Chicago Cubs MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 7/10/14

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The Chicago Cubs struggles continued on Wednesday as they lost their sixth game in a row. Anthony Rizzo had two hits and Starlin Castro and Ryan Sweeney each had hits as the Cubs scored one run on five hits. Starting pitcher Dallas Beeler allowed six hits and four runs over 5.0 innings to take the loss and fall to 0-2 for the season. For Thursday’s game the Cubs start Kyle Hendricks who gets the call up to the Majors. In the Minors this season Hendricks is 10-5 with a 3.59 ERA and he is striking out 8.5 batters per nine innings.

Cincinnati is 5-0 in their last five games, 7-1 in their last eight games as a home favorite, and 5-1 in Bailey’s last six home starts. Chicago is 17-38 against the NL Central, 0-6 in their last six road games, and 0-6 against a team with a winning record. Chicago is 1-6 in their last seven games in Cincinnati.

The Reds are a big favorite here and they should be and I look for them to win easily.

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Cincinnati Reds -185

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