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Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds - 4/11/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cincinnati Reds (5-1) at Chicago Cubs (5-1)

MLB Baseball: Monday, April 11, 2016 at 8:05 pm (Wrigley Field)

B Finnegan (0-0) (3.00) vs. J Lester (1-0) (1.29)

The Line: Chicago Cubs -250 / Cincinnati Reds +229 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-Ohio, WGN

The Cincinnati Reds travel to Wrigley Field to open a series with the Chicago Cubs.

The Cincinnati Reds might be the biggest surprise in the early stages of 2016 as no one could have predicted a 5-1 start to 2016 after a 2-1 victory versus the visiting Pirates Sunday. A few timely hits and outstanding work on the mound carried the day with starter Timothy Melville allowing a solo homer over four innings before three relievers shutdown the Buccos bats. The Reds totaled ten hits and walked twice with Eugenio Suarez going 3-4 with a solo jack while Jay Bruce went 2-4 and drove in Brandon Phillips who also had a pair of hits. Brandon Finnegan gets his second start of the season when he faces NL Central rival Chicago. Finnegan did not get a decision in a 3-2 win versus Philadelphia where he allowed both runs on three hits in six frames.

Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds - 4/11/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Chicago Cubs appear to be picking up where they left off and that means they are winning games. The Cubs put everything together Sunday in a 7-3 victory at Arizona where they never trailed. Starter Jake Arrieta was charged with all three runs on eight hits including a pair of long balls through seven frames to improve to 2-0. The Cubbies pounded out eleven hits and walked five times with Arrieta smacking a two run bomb while Jorge Soler did the same. Miguel Montero doubled in a run and scored with Jason Heyward drove in a run and also scored. Left hander Jon Lester draws his second start of 2016 when he opposes Cincinnati on Monday. Lester comes off of a 6-1 win at the Angels with the lone run allowed on four hits over seven innings.

Cincinnati  are 17-37 in their last 54 overall and are 17-37 in their last 54 games on grass while going  38-80 in their last 118 road games. Chicago are 25-10 in their last 35 home games and the under is 7-3 in their last 10 home games while the Cubs  are 53-24 in their last 77 overall. The over is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings and Cincinnati  are 4-9 in the last 13 meetings in Chicago. Both teams are hot but all things being equal and I’ll back Chicago…

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Chicago -1.5

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