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Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds - 6/11/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cincinnati Reds (27-31) at Chicago Cubs (31-26)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 8:05 pm (Wrigley Field)

M Lorenzen (1-1) (3.29) vs. T Wada (0-1) (4.19)

The Line: Chicago Cubs -157 / Cincinnati Reds +147 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSN-Chicago, FS-Ohio

The Chicago Cubs and the Cincinnati Reds face off on Thursday at Wrigley Field for game one of their series of NL Central teams.

The Chicago Cubs are trying to stay within striking distance of Cardinals as they are tied for second place in the division. The Cubs are 6-4 in their last 10 games, 15-11 at home, and they are 6.5 games back in the National League Central. As a team the Cubs are hitting .241 with Anthony Rizzo hitting .327, Kris Bryant hitting .278, and Starlin Castro hitting .268. The Cubs pitching staff has an ERA of 3.72 with the starters at 3.75 and the bullpen at 3.65. For game one against the Reds the Cubs start Tsuyoshi Wada who has allowed 19 hits and nine runs while striking out 20 over 19.1 innings for a 0-1 record and a 4.19 ERA.

Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds - 6/11/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Cincinnati Reds appear to be mounting a rally as they have won their last four games. The Reds are 6-4 in their last 10 games, 10-18 on the road, and they are 11 games back in the NL Central. As a team the Reds are hitting .245 with Brandon Phillips hitting .308, Joey Votto hitting .299, and Todd Frazier hitting .293. The Reds pitching staff has an ERA of 4.16 with the starters at 3.99 and the bullpen at 4.54. For game one at Chicago the Reds start Michael Lorenzen who has allowed 31 hits and 14 earned runs while striking out 23 over 38.1 innings for a 1-1 record and a 3.29 ERA.

Chicago is 7-3 as a home favorite, 2-5 in game one of a series, and 0-4 in Wada’s last four starts in game one of a series. Cincinnati is 4-0 against a team with a winning record, 2-5 in game one of a series, and 12-39 in their last 51 road games as an underdog. Cincinnati is 1-7 in the last eight meetings of these two.

With the total set at eight my free pick is going to be on the over as I see both of these teams hitters having an edge. My stronger play is on the winning side and I will post that in the Premium Area as well as on the App.

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Over 8

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