Cubs vs. Reds - 7/5/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cincinnati Reds (30-54) at Chicago Cubs (52-30)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at 2:20 pm (Wrigley Field)
B Finnegan (3-7) (4.48) vs. J Lackey (7-4) (3.27)
The Line: Chicago Cubs -250 / Cincinnati Reds +229 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Cincinnati Reds and Chicago Cubs play game two of their series Tuesday afternoon.
The Cincinnati Reds could use a win after losing 10 of their last 12 games. The Reds have allowed 26 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 13 games. The Cincinnati Reds have an ERA of 5.51 and have lost 13 of their last 15 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Jay Bruce leads Cincinnati with 81 hits, Zack Cozart has 35 RBI and Adam Duvall has 22 home runs. Brandon Finnegan gets the nod, and he’s 3-7 with a 4.48 ERA and 69 strikeouts this season. Finnegan is 0-1 with a 5.91 ERA and seven strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.
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The Chicago Cubs look for consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Cubs have scored 16 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in six of their last 11 games. The Chicago Cubs offense has been rolling lately, and they’ve won five of their last six games when scoring more than three runs. Kris Bryant leads Chicago with 86 hits, Ben Zobrist has 43 RBI and Anthony Rizzo has 20 home runs. John Lackey takes the hill, and he’s 7-4 with a 3.27 ERA and 107 strikeouts this season. Lackey is 4-3 with a 3.31 ERA and 60 strikeouts in his career against the Reds.
The Reds are 5-16 in their last 21 during game 2 of a series and 3-13 in Finnegans last 16 starts. The Cubs are 41-17 in their last 58 during game 2 of a series and 4-1 in Lackeys last 5 starts during game 2 of a series. The Reds are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Chicago.
We know the Cubs are the best team in baseball and the Reds continue to slump. However, this line is downright insane, especially with the way the Cubs are playing right now. I'll take a shot in the dark given the value with the Reds.