Cubs at Reds - 7/20/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Cubs (48-41) at Cincinnati Reds (40-48)
MLB Baseball: Monday, July 20, 2015 at 7:10 pm (Great American Ball Park)
C Richard (1-0) (5.79) vs. M Lorenzen (3-4) (3.53)
The Line: Cincinnati Reds -110 / Chicago Cubs +100 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-CHI, FSN-OH
The Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds begin a four-game series Monday night.
The Chicago Cubs look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Cubs have scored 10 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last 10 games. The Cubs have won five of their last six games when scoring more than three runs. Anthony Rizzo leads Chicago with 96 hits and 50 RBI while Starlin Castro and Kris Bryant have combined for 90 RBI. The Chicago Cubs have won five of their last six road games. Clayton Richard gets the ball, and he’s 1-0 with a 5.79 ERA and five strikeouts this season. Richard is 0-2 with a 6.33 ERA and 16 strikeouts in his career against the Reds.
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The Cincinnati Reds need a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Reds have scored 13 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in five of their last seven games. The Reds have lost four of their last five games when scoring three or less runs. Todd Frazier leads Cincy with 97 hits and 57 RBI while Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips have combined for 76 RBI. The Cincinnati Reds have lost six of their last eight home games. Michael Lorenzen takes the hill, and he’s 3-4 with a 3.53 ERA and 47 strikeouts this season. This is Lorenzen’s second career game against the Cubs.
The Cubs are 0-4 in their last 4 during game 1 of a series and 4-9 in their last 13 games vs. a right-handed starter. The Reds are 16-34 in their last 50 during game 1 of a series and 2-5 in Lorenzens last 7 starts. The Cubs are 6-1 in the last 7 meetings.
Neither team is scoring runs with any type of consistency. I don't have a real strong play on this matchup but if roced to pick, I'd side with the under given both offenses rather quiet for the most part.