Cubs vs. Reds - 9/19/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cincinnati Reds (63-86) at Chicago Cubs (94-55)
MLB Baseball: Monday, September 19, 2016 at 8:05 pm (Wrigley Field)
Tim Adleman (2-4) (4.21) vs. J Hammel (14-9) (3.60)
The Line: Chicago Cubs -235 / Cincinnati Reds +205 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Cincinnati Reds and Chicago Cubs begin a three-game series Monday night.
The Cincinnati Reds look for some consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The Reds have scored 14 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Cincinnati Reds offense has picked up the last week or so, and they’ve won five of their last seven games when scoring more than three runs. Joey Votto leads Cincinnati with 161 hits, Brandon Phillips has 58 RBI and Eugenio Suarez has 20 home runs. Dan Straily gets the nod, and he’s 13-8 with a 3.83 ERA and 150 strikeouts this season. Straily is 1-1 with a 6.11 ERA and 16 strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.
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The Chicago Cubs could also use a win after splitting their last 16 games. The Cubs have scored nine runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last eight games. The Chicago Cubs offense has produced all season long, and they’ve won 10 of their last 12 games when scoring more than three runs. Kris Bryant leads Chicago with 166 hits, Anthony Rizzo has 101 RBI and Ben Zobrist has 15 home runs. Jason Hammel takes the hill, and he’s 14-9 with a 3.60 ERA and 136 strikeouts this season. Hammel is 3-1 with a 3.52 ERA and 57 strikeouts in his career against the Reds.
The Reds are 2-5 in their last 7 during game 1 of a series and 0-4 in their last 4 vs. National League Central. The Cubs are 52-19 in their last 71 during game 1 of a series and 1-4 in Hammels last 5 starts. The Reds are 6-13 in the last 19 meetings in Chicago.
The Cubs have been on cruise control for a couple of months now and their inconsistent play recently has shown that. You're nuts if you lay this heavy juice this late in the season. I have to side with the Reds and their hot offense based on the value.