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Cincinnati Reds vs. Chicago Cubs MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/27/14

Chicago Cubs (59-72) at Cincinnati Reds (63-69)

MLB Baseball: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Great American Ball Park)

Jacob Turner (R) (4-5) (6.033) vs. Mat Latos (R) (4-3) (2.988)

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

TV: CSN-CHI, FSN-OH

The Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds will play Wednesday night at Great American Ball Park.

The Chicago Cubs have won seven of their last nine games and are 13 games below a .500 record. The difference during this stretch has been a Cubs pitching staff that has allowed three or less runs in seven of their last nine games. Overall, the Chicago Cubs have an ERA of 3.71, which is 17th in the majors, and they’ve won seven straight games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Anthony Rizzo has homered three times in his last eight games and Chris Coghlan has hit in five of his last six games. Jacob Turner takes the hill, and he’s 4-7 with a 5.77 ERA and has 55 strikeouts in 82.2 innings. Turner is 1-1 with a 4.09 ERA in two career starts against the Reds.

Cincinnati Reds vs. Chicago Cubs MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/27/14

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The Cincinnati Reds have lost eight of their last 10 games and are six games below a .500 record. The Reds offense has been horrible during this stretch, scoring three or less runs in five of their last six games. The Reds have lost eight of their last 10 games when scoring three or less runs. Todd Frazier has homered twice in his last seven games and Brandon Phillips has hit safely in seven of his last 10 games. The Cincinnati Reds have an ERA of 3.52, which is ninth in the majors. Starting is Mike Leake, who is 10-11 with a 3.51 ERA and has 140 strikeouts in 179.1 innings. Leake is 8-2 with a 3.01 ERA in 15 career starts against the Cubs.

The Cubs are 3-11 in their last 14 during game 2 of a series and 5-12 in their last 17 vs. National League Central. The Reds are 1-4 in their last 5 during game 2 of a series and 3-9 in their last 12 games vs. a right-handed starter. 

There's no line out just yet, but I'm backing the Cubs in this game regardless. The Reds have fallen off a cliff. 

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