Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds - 4/15/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cincinnati Reds (4-3) at Chicago Cubs (4-2)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 8:05 pm (Wrigley Field)
J Marquis (0-0) (4.50) vs. T Wood (0-1) (5.78)
The Line: Chicago Cubs -124 / Cincinnati Reds +114 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Cubs and the Cincinnati Reds collide in the rubber match at Wrigley Field Wednesday.
The Cincinnati Reds rode a three run 4th inning to a 3-2 victory at Wrigley Field on Tuesday night with their work on the mound saving the day. Starter Anthony DeSclafani was dominating with two hits and a pair of base on balls issued over seven scoreless frames. Kevin Gregg followed with a two run homer served up in the 8th to make things far to close. The offense posted seven hits and two walks with Joey Votto going 2-3 with an RBI and run while Marlon Byrd and Jay Bruce each smacked run scoring singles. The Reds turn to veteran Jason Marquis on the mound in the series finale’. Marquis looks for his first win of 2015 after receiving a no decision in a 5-4 victory against St Louis where he allowed three runs on five hits and a pair off BB over six frames.
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While the Chicago Cubs have a few new faces and a manager known for his ability to win games the team is still a work in process. I don’t know what the future holds but I expect a better won/loss record with plenty of ups and downs. It was down Tuesday as the offense never got untracked to support starter Jake Arrieta. Arrieta allowed all three runs on seven hits and a walk through 6.2 innings which turned out to be a losing performance. The Cubs had some chances with five hits and five bases on balls with Welington Castillo slamming a pinch hit two run bomb in the 8th to keep his team within striking distance. Left hander Travis Wood will be on the bump in the final game of the series with Cincinnati. Wood dropped his first start by a 5-1 count at Colorado where he was charged with three runs on seven hits and a pair of BB in 4.2 innings pitched.
Cincinnati are 9-30 in their last 39 road games while the Reds are 20-7 in the last 27 meetings in Chicago. The Cubs are 3-7 in Wood’s last 10 starts versus Cincinnati. I wrote Tuesday’s game up and picked the Cubs but said it was a no bet because we still have no clue about this team. I’ll back the Reds as dogs but again I won’t bet this one…