Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds - 7/4/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cincinnati Reds (30-52) at Chicago Cubs (51-29)
MLB Baseball: Monday, July 4, 2016 at 2:20 pm (Wrigley Field)
Cody Reed (0-2) (9.00) vs. K Hendricks (6-6) (2.66)
The Line: Chicago Cubs -265 / Cincinnati Reds +242 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSOH, WGN
The famous Wrigley Field will be alive once again on Monday, as the Cincinnati Reds and the Chicago Cubs kick off their series.
The Reds just finished up a series against the Nationals. Cincinnati dropped the first two games, then got a win Saturday. On Sunday, the Reds were embarrassed with a 12-1 defeat.
As for the Cubs, they played the Mets this weekend. Chicago lost the first three games, and on Sunday they made it a sweep with a humiliating 14-3 loss.
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Lefty Cody Reed will be starting for the Reds on Monday. In his three starts this year with an 0-2 record, Reed holds an inflated 9.00 ERA with a 1.81 WHIP in 16 innings. On Wednesday against these same Cubs, Reed gave up seven runs in four innings for a loss.
Thankfully, the Reds have a few potent hitters in their lineup. Jay Bruce has put up 80 hits with 45 runs, 17 homers and 60 RBI. Brandon Phillips has hit 75 times with 38 runs, six homers and 30 RBI. Bruce and Phillips whiffed 0-for-8 combined on Sunday. Adam Duvall holds a team-high 22 homers with 58 RBI, 71 hits and 45 runs.
Over on the Cubs’ side, we’ll be seeing right-hander Kyle Hendricks make the start Monday. In his 15 starts this year with a 6-6 record, Hendricks has posted a 2.76 ERA with a 1.05 WHIP in 91.1 innings. On Wednesday against the Reds, Hendricks went 6.2 innings with eight hits and two earned for the win.
The Chicago batting order is a pretty solid crew overall. Kris Bryant has hit a team-high 23 homers with 61 RBI, 85 hits and 64 runs. Ben Zobrist is up there as well on 82 hits with 55 runs, 11 homers and 43 RBI. Anthony Rizzo holds 61 RBI with 20 home runs, 79 hits and 47 runs. Of those three, Rizzo was the only one to log a hit on Sunday.
The Reds are 7-3 in their last 10 game ones of a series, and 4-10 in their last 14 Monday games. Cincinnati is also 11-30 in their last 41 against the National League Central, and 16-50 in their last 66 against a team with a winning record.
As for the Cubs, they’re 11-3 in their last 14 Monday games, and 35-16 in their last 51 game ones of a series. Chicago is also 20-8 in Hendricks’ last 28 home starts, and 5-2 in Hendricks’ last seven starts overall.
The Reds are just the cure for what’s ailing the Cubs, so I’ll go with Hendricks and Chicago here.