<![CDATA[MLB RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Rockies vs. Brewers - 9/30/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2016/09/30/rockies-vs-brewers-9/30/16-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Milwaukee Brewers and Colorado Rockies begin a three-game series early Friday night.

The Milwaukee Brewers could use a feel good win after losing six of their last nine games. The Brewers have allowed 17 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last nine games. The Milwaukee Brewers have an ERA of 4.10 and have lost four straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Jonathan Villar leads Milwaukee with 164 hits, Ryan Braun has 90 RBI and Scooter Gennett has 14 home runs. Brent Suter gets the ball,…

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The Milwaukee Brewers and Colorado Rockies begin a three-game series early Friday night.

The Milwaukee Brewers could use a feel good win after losing six of their last nine games. The Brewers have allowed 17 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last nine games. The Milwaukee Brewers have an ERA of 4.10 and have lost four straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Jonathan Villar leads Milwaukee with 164 hits, Ryan Braun has 90 RBI and Scooter Gennett has 14 home runs. Brent Suter gets the ball, and he’s 2-1 with a 2.16 ERA and 12 strikeouts this season. This will be Suter’s second career game against the Rockies.

The Colorado Rockies could use a feel good win after losing eight of their last 10 games. The Rockies have allowed 19 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 12 of their last 16 games. The Colorado Rockies have an ERA of 4.93 and have lost eight straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, DJ LeMahieu leads Colorado with 192 hits, Charlie Blackmon has 79 RBI and Nolan Arenado has 40 home runs. Chad Bettis takes the hill, and he’s 13-8 with a 4.92 ERA and 133 strikeouts this season. Bettis is 1-1 with a 3.18 ERA and eight strikeouts in his career against the Brewers.

The Brewers are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. National League West and 1-5 in their last 6 games following an off day. The Rockies are 5-2 in their last 7 home games and 4-1 in Bettis' last 5 starts. The Brewers are 19-39 in the last 58 meetings in Colorado.

Both teams are in nasty losing slumps and simply can't wait for the season to end. However, the Brewers had Thursday off while the Rockies played late Thursday night in San Fran and have to travel. I'm also not sure how somebody can lay heavy juice with the Rockies given the way they've played the last two weeks. I'll take a stab with the Brewers have heavy plus money given the value. 

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Fri, 30 Sep 2016 01:37:06 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=58146
<![CDATA[Arizona Diamondbacks vs. San Diego Padres - 9/30/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2016/09/30/arizona-diamondbacks-vs-san-diego-padres-9/30/16-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The San Diego Padres and Arizona Diamondbacks wrap up their regular seasons with a division show down in the desert starting on Friday.

The Padres haven’t had a great season and unloaded some pieces in the early going as they basically conceded before the all-star break and before they take off for the winter they will look to finish strong against another struggling team in Arizona. The Padres have enjoyed a nice bounce back season from WIl Myers but they is all they have had to cheer about as wins have been few and far between for the Friars this season…

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The San Diego Padres and Arizona Diamondbacks wrap up their regular seasons with a division show down in the desert starting on Friday.

The Padres haven’t had a great season and unloaded some pieces in the early going as they basically conceded before the all-star break and before they take off for the winter they will look to finish strong against another struggling team in Arizona. The Padres have enjoyed a nice bounce back season from WIl Myers but they is all they have had to cheer about as wins have been few and far between for the Friars this season and they need to provide some support for Myers both in the lineup and in the rotation. San Diego will send Edwin Jackson to the hill here as he will take on Braden Shipley who is 4-5 with a 5.26 ERA and will be auditioning for a spot in the rotation next season with a big effort at home here.

The Diamondbacks were expected to be one of the top teams in the National League this season but early injuries and some underachieving effort sin the rotation has contributed to a tough result this season and they need to go back to the drawing board this winter. Arizona will have to contend with the veteran presence of Edwin Jackson here who is 5-6 with a 5.77 ERA but he is still capable of throwing a gem and while this series don’t have any implications I think it could end up being a very exciting contest between two teams looking to prove their worth.

The Padres are 6-2 in their last eight series openers, 1-4 in Jackson’s last five road starts, and 4-1 in their last five against the NL West while the D-Backs are 5-2 in their last seven home games, 2-5 in their last seven overall, and 0-4 in their last four Friday games. The D-Backs are the better team overall and while this doesn’t matter much I think the Snakes get the win at home.

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Fri, 30 Sep 2016 01:17:30 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=58143
<![CDATA[Seattle Mariners vs. Oakland Athletics - 9/30/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2016/09/30/seattle-mariners-vs-oakland-athletics-9/30/16-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Seattle Mariners continue their pursuit of a playoff spot in the AL as they face off with the Oakland Athletics at home on Friday.

The Athletics look to thrive in the spoiler role as they take on their division rivals in Seattle on Friday night in the second game of their final series and while the A’s will not be going to the playoffs they Mariners are still very much in the mix in the AL Wild card hunt. Oakland has some weapons at their disposal but on the whole they need to regroup and build towards next season as they have some holes in their…

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The Seattle Mariners continue their pursuit of a playoff spot in the AL as they face off with the Oakland Athletics at home on Friday.

The Athletics look to thrive in the spoiler role as they take on their division rivals in Seattle on Friday night in the second game of their final series and while the A’s will not be going to the playoffs they Mariners are still very much in the mix in the AL Wild card hunt. Oakland has some weapons at their disposal but on the whole they need to regroup and build towards next season as they have some holes in their lineup, but a strong core and a free agent draw could change all of that as they could be back in the playoff hunt next year. Oakland will send Raul Alcantara to the mound as he will face off against Taijuan Walker in a game that badly favours the home side both on the mound and at the plate.

The Mariners meanwhile are right in the mix for a wild card spot but need to win out this weekend and get some help as they are on the outside looking in, but they do get a very favourable final series against an Athletics side that hasn’t had a great season. Seattle has the makeup of a playoff team and could pose problems in a one game playoff show down should they get there, but that step is going to be a tough hill to climb as they know the others are playing desperate baseball and have pretty formidable lineups in their own right.

The A’s are 1-8 in their last nine overall, 0-5 in their last five Friday games, and 1-5 in their last six games against a team with a winning record while the M’s are 5-2 in their last seven overall, 5-1 in their last six Friday games, and 12-5 in their last 17 games against a righty. This is Seattle’s series to lose and with a huge pitching edge on Friday they get it done in a big way. 

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Fri, 30 Sep 2016 00:59:43 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=58140
<![CDATA[White Sox vs. Twins - 9/30/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2016/09/30/white-sox-vs-twins-9/30/16-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Minnesota Twins and Chicago White Sox begin a three-game series Friday night to end the season.

The Minnesota Twins look to win back-to-back games for the first time since August 16-17. The Twins have allowed 15 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 16 games. The Minnesota Twins have an ERA of 5.10 and have lost 10 of their last 11 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Brian Dozier leads Minnesota with 164 hits, Joe Mauer has 49 RBI and Miguel Sano has 24 home runs. Tyler Duffey gets the ball,…

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The Minnesota Twins and Chicago White Sox begin a three-game series Friday night to end the season.

The Minnesota Twins look to win back-to-back games for the first time since August 16-17. The Twins have allowed 15 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 16 games. The Minnesota Twins have an ERA of 5.10 and have lost 10 of their last 11 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Brian Dozier leads Minnesota with 164 hits, Joe Mauer has 49 RBI and Miguel Sano has 24 home runs. Tyler Duffey gets the ball, and he’s 9-11 with a 6.18 ERA and 110 strikeouts this season. Duffey is 0-1 with a 4.63 ERA and 11 strikeouts in his career against the White Sox.

The Chicago White Sox look to finish the season on a positive note after splitting their last 10 games. The White Sox have scored 17 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last 10 games. The Chicago White Sox offense has been hit or miss as of late, and they’ve won six of their last eight games when scoring more than three runs. Jose Abreu leads Chicago with 181 hits, Adam Eaton has 59 RBI and Todd Frazier has 40 home runs. Carlos Rodon takes the hill, and he’s 8-10 with a 4.08 ERA and 158 strikeouts this season. Rodon is 2-2 with a 3.71 ERA and 30 strikeouts in his career against the Twins.

The Twins are 1-11 in their last 12 during game 1 of a series and 1-4 in Duffeys last 5 starts. The White Sox are 4-9 in their last 13 Friday games and 5-2 in Rodons last 7 starts. The Twins are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Chicago and 5-11 in the last 16 meetings overall.

It's been over a month since the Twins have won two straight games and Rodon is coming off probably his best game of the season in which he pitched eight scorless innings against the Cleveland Indians. Duffy has an ERA of 5.74 in the month of September and 5.72 on the road overall this season. It's hard not to take the White Sox here, especially with their offense usually showing up at home. 

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Fri, 30 Sep 2016 00:49:46 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=58137
<![CDATA[San Francisco Giants vs. Los Angeles Dodgers - 9/30/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2016/09/30/san-francisco-giants-vs-los-angeles-dodgers-9/30/16-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants kick off their final series of the regular season with plenty left on the line starting Friday night.

The Dodgers have wrapped up the NL West division crown and will be heading to the playoffs next week as they will take on the Washington Nationals but there is still something to play for as they can personally put an end to a wild card bid of their arch rivals with a strong series here against the Giants. Los Angeles is coming off a big time road win against the San Diego Padres last night and will be…

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The Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants kick off their final series of the regular season with plenty left on the line starting Friday night.

The Dodgers have wrapped up the NL West division crown and will be heading to the playoffs next week as they will take on the Washington Nationals but there is still something to play for as they can personally put an end to a wild card bid of their arch rivals with a strong series here against the Giants. Los Angeles is coming off a big time road win against the San Diego Padres last night and will be geared up for one last run at the Giants this weekend as this marks the end of Vin Scully’s illustrious career and what better way to go out than a series victory against their nemesis. The Dodgers will send Rich Hill to the mound here as he will face off against Madison Bumgarner in a pivotal show down that is quickly becoming a must win game for the visitors who are in the heat of a playoff race.

The Giants are playing at home this weekend in what is their last series before a potential wild card game and it only makes sense to see the Dodgers come to town in what should be an exciting three game set. San Francisco has had a horrible second half of the season but they can still make amends with a berth in the playoffs and with their track record as a wild card World Series winner they can certainly do the same here despite looking like an also ran on some nights. Bumgarner is 14-9 with a 2.75 ERA and he will look to improve on those numbers against Hill who is 12-5 with a 2.05 ERA as he has split time between the Dodgers and Athletics this season.

The Dodgers are 5-2 in their last seven games overall, 0-7 in their last seven against a lefty, and 5-1 in their last six against a team with a winning record while the Giants are 8-2 in Bumgarner’s last 10 on five days rest, 10-4 in his last 14 home starts, and 8-2 in their last 10 home games against a lefty. This is going to be a great series between two bitter rivals but the home side needs to win to keep their playoff hopes alive and with their race on the hill they get it done

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Fri, 30 Sep 2016 00:48:23 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=58134
<![CDATA[Rangers vs. Rays - 9/30/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2016/09/30/rangers-vs-rays-9/30/16-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Tampa Bay Rays and Texas Rangers begin a three-game series Friday night to end the year.

The Tampa Bay Rays look to win back-to-back games for the first time since September 14-15. The Rays have allowed 17 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in five of their last 10 games. The Tampa Bay Rays have an ERA of 4.23 and have lost six straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Evan Longoria leads Tampa Bay with 169 hits, Brad Miller has 81 RBI and Logan Forsythe has 20 home runs. Matt Andriese gets the nod, and…

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The Tampa Bay Rays and Texas Rangers begin a three-game series Friday night to end the year.

The Tampa Bay Rays look to win back-to-back games for the first time since September 14-15. The Rays have allowed 17 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in five of their last 10 games. The Tampa Bay Rays have an ERA of 4.23 and have lost six straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Evan Longoria leads Tampa Bay with 169 hits, Brad Miller has 81 RBI and Logan Forsythe has 20 home runs. Matt Andriese gets the nod, and he’s 8-7 with a 4.34 ERA and 103 strikeouts this season. Andriese is 0-1 with a 7.00 ERA and six strikeouts in his career against the Rangers.

The Texas Rangers look to finish the regular season hot after winning six of their last nine games. The Rangers have scored 17 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last 10 games. The Texas Rangers offense has been hit or miss as of late, and they’ve won eight of their last 10 games when scoring more than three runs. Ian Desmond leads Texas with 176 hits, Adrian Beltre has 103 RBI and Rougned Odor has 32 home runs. Yu Darvish takes the hill, and he’s 6-5 with a 3.53 ERA and 120 strikeouts this season. Darvish is 3-0 with a 1.00 ERA and 28 strikeouts in his career against the Rays.

TheRays are 17-39 in their last 56 during game 1 of a series and 3-8 in Andrieses last 11 starts. The Rangers are 4-1 in their last 5 games following an off day and 7-2 in Darvishs last 9 starts. The Rangers are 4-0 in Darvishs last 4 starts vs. Rays.

The Rays continue to have a hard time stringing wins together and now have to go up against Darvish, a pitcher who has owned them in the few games he's pitched. Unless you're a fan of taking a shot in the dark with big plus money, there's no reason to back the Rays on the road against one of the better pitchers in the league. Rangers roll here. 

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Fri, 30 Sep 2016 00:42:22 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=58131
<![CDATA[St. Louis Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - 9/30/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2016/09/30/st-louis-cardinals-vs-pittsburgh-pirates-9/30/16-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The St. Louis Cardinals need a win versus the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates to keep pace in the Wild Card race.

The Pittsburgh Pirates lone goal this weekend is to ruin the Cardinals shot at the postseason. The Pirates were shooting for back to back wins before weather stopped their game with the Cubs when it was tied 1-1 in the top of the 6th. Knowing MLB they will finish this even though it means nothing with the season already 25 games too long. It’s been too long for the Pirates with injuries always a problem while their pitching wasn’t as strong as we’ve seen so look for some changes…

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The St. Louis Cardinals need a win versus the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates to keep pace in the Wild Card race.

The Pittsburgh Pirates lone goal this weekend is to ruin the Cardinals shot at the postseason. The Pirates were shooting for back to back wins before weather stopped their game with the Cubs when it was tied 1-1 in the top of the 6th. Knowing MLB they will finish this even though it means nothing with the season already 25 games too long. It’s been too long for the Pirates with injuries always a problem while their pitching wasn’t as strong as we’ve seen so look for some changes in 2017. Rookie Tyler Glasnow gets the ball for the 4th time in 2016 and for the second time against the Cardinals. Through three starts, Glasnow has gone 0-1 with a 1.76 Whip and 6.35 ERA.

The St. Louis Cardinals are in the Wild Card race but have been looking real bad. The Cardinals had dropped five of seven before downing the Reds 4-3 to take a step towards the Wild Card. Redbirds starter Alex Reyes allowed a run through six innings with Zach Duke and Seung Hwan Oh giving up runs. St. Louis logged nine hits and walked three times with Jedd Gyorko going solo while Yadier Molina going deep and driving in two. Carlos Martinez toes the rubber against the Pirates for the 4th time this season on Friday. Martinez comes off of a 3-1 loss at the Cubs with two runs given up on six hits in six frames.

Pittsburgh are 6-2 in their last 8 road games and the under is 8-3 in their last 11 Friday games while the over is 5-2-1 in their last 8 road games. The under is 7-2 in St. Louis last 9 home games and  is 13-6 in their last 19 overall while going  13-6 in their last 19 on grass.

This game is absolutely crucial for the Cardinals so I’ll back the desperate squad Friday…

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Fri, 30 Sep 2016 00:06:14 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=58128
<![CDATA[Boston Red Sox vs. Toronto Blue Jays - 9/30/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2016/09/30/boston-red-sox-vs-toronto-blue-jays-9/30/16-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Toronto Blue Jays head to Fenway Park to face the Boston Red Sox and lock up a Wild Card.

The Toronto Blue Jay’s own the first Wild Card so they decide their own fate. The Blue Jays had a chance to move closer to the first Wild Card but consecutive losses to the Orioles have the two teams tied. Jays starter Marcus Stroman fell to 9-10 with all four runs plated on nine hits and four free passes. Toronto was limited to three hits and three walks with Edwin Ebcarnacon walking and doubling.  Marco Estrada is slated to open the series on the hill against the Red Sox on Friday. Estrada…

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The Toronto Blue Jays head to Fenway Park to face the Boston Red Sox and lock up a Wild Card.

The Toronto Blue Jay’s own the first Wild Card so they decide their own fate. The Blue Jays had a chance to move closer to the first Wild Card but consecutive losses to the Orioles have the two teams tied. Jays starter Marcus Stroman fell to 9-10 with all four runs plated on nine hits and four free passes. Toronto was limited to three hits and three walks with Edwin Ebcarnacon walking and doubling.  Marco Estrada is slated to open the series on the hill against the Red Sox on Friday. Estrada has been at his best the past two times out with a run allowed over 14 innings.

I don’t know if the Boston Red Sox are going to field a full or partial lineup with the division wrapped up and the playoffs approaching. The Red Sox have dropped three in a row following Wednesday’s 5-1 defeat at the rival Yankees. Boston starter Henry Owens gave up a pair of runs through 4.2 innings with Heath Hembree allowing two more. The Red Sox were held to four hits and a pair of base on balls with the lone run scoring on Xander Bogaerts 21st homer.  I believe Rick Porcello is starting but I’m not sure. 

The under is 20-6 in Toronto’s last 26 on grass and Toronto  are 8-2 in Estrada’s last 10 road starts while going  11-5 in Estrada’s last 16 on grass. The over is 6-1-1 in Boston’s last 8 Friday games and Boston are 13-3 in their last 16 Friday games while going 8-2 in their last 10 games on grass.

You never know who is pitching or playing in these games but if Porcello is starting I’ll back him…

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Thu, 29 Sep 2016 23:30:51 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=58122
<![CDATA[Philadelphia Phillies vs. New York Mets - 9/30/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2016/09/30/philadelphia-phillies-vs-new-york-mets-9/30/16-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments Over at Citizens Bank Park on Friday, the MLB is bringing us the opener of a series between the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies. 

The Mets are coming out of a series with the Marlins this week. New York dropped game one, but came back to win the next two on Tuesday and Wednesday. 

As for the Phillies, they just finished up against the Braves. Philadelphia dropped the first two games of that set, and on Thursday the Phillies lost again 5-2. 

Pitching for the Mets on Friday will be RHP Robert Gsellman. In his seven…

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Over at Citizens Bank Park on Friday, the MLB is bringing us the opener of a series between the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies. 

The Mets are coming out of a series with the Marlins this week. New York dropped game one, but came back to win the next two on Tuesday and Wednesday. 

As for the Phillies, they just finished up against the Braves. Philadelphia dropped the first two games of that set, and on Thursday the Phillies lost again 5-2. 

Pitching for the Mets on Friday will be RHP Robert Gsellman. In his seven games (six starts) and 3-2 record this year, Gsellman has logged a nice 2.56 ERA with a 1.27 WHIP in 38.2 innings. Gsellman bagged a win his last time out against Philly with seven innings, three hits and no earned. 

The Mets have several capable bats in their lineup. Asdrubal Cabrera has put up 144 hits with 65 runs, 23 homers and 61 RBI. Yoenis Cespedes has put together 133 hits with 70 runs, 31 homers and 85 RBI. Curtis Granderson holds 125 hits with 85 runs, 30 homers and 59 RBI. 

Over on the Phillies’ side, we’ll be seeing RHP Alec Asher in the start Friday. Over four starts and a 2-0 record this year, Asher owns a 1.66 ERA with a 0.97 WHIP in 21.2 innings. Against the Mets his last time out, Asher logged a win with five innings, five hits and four unearned runs. 

It’s not hard to find the big hitters in the Phillies’ lineup. Odubel Herrera leads the way on 165 hits with 87 runs and 49 RBI. Cesar Hernandez has hit 157 times with 66 runs and 38 RBI. Maikel Franco has bagged 26 homers with 87 RBI, 142 hits and 64 runs for Philly. 

The Mets are 5-1 in their last six road games versus a team with a losing home record, and 4-1 in their last five Friday games. New York is also 4-1 in their last five games versus a right-handed starter, and 5-2 in their last seven overall. 

Meanwhile, the Phillies are 5-2 in their last seven game ones of a series, and 52-24 in their last 78 home games following a road trip of seven or more days. Philadelphia is also 4-9 in their last 13 home games versus a right-handed starter, and 3-8 in Asher’s last 11 starts. 

Despite the solid overall numbers, I don’t trust Asher much these days, and Philly really hasn’t been playing all that well lately. I’m much more confident in Gsellman to get the job done here and get the Mets a victory.

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Thu, 29 Sep 2016 22:43:59 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=58119
<![CDATA[Reds vs. Cubs - 9/30/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2016/09/30/reds-vs-cubs-9/30/16-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds begin a three-game series early Friday night.

The Chicago Cubs look to finish the regular season strong after winning six of their last eight games. The Cubs have scored 11 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 10 games. The Chicago Cubs offense has been consistent all season long, and they’ve won 10 of their last 13 games when scoring more than three runs. Kris Bryant leads Chicago with 174 hits, Anthony Rizzo has 106 RBI and Ben Zobrist has 15 home runs. At that time this…

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The Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds begin a three-game series early Friday night.

The Chicago Cubs look to finish the regular season strong after winning six of their last eight games. The Cubs have scored 11 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 10 games. The Chicago Cubs offense has been consistent all season long, and they’ve won 10 of their last 13 games when scoring more than three runs. Kris Bryant leads Chicago with 174 hits, Anthony Rizzo has 106 RBI and Ben Zobrist has 15 home runs. At that time this article was posted, there was no probable starter listed for the Cubs. The Chicago Cubs are still making sure their rotation is set perfectly as they gear up for the playoffs.

The Cincinnati Reds look for a feel good win after splitting their last eight games. The Reds have scored 10 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last seven games. The Cincinnati Reds offense has heated up over the last week or so, and they’ve won eight of their last 12 games when scoring more than three runs. Joey Votto leads Cincinnati with 176 hits, Brandon Phillips has 64 RBI and Eugenio Suarez has 20 home runs. Josh Smith takes the hill, and he’s 3-2 with a 4.77 ERA and 47 strikeouts this season. Smith is 0-2 with a 5.25 ERA and 13 strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.

The Cubs are 41-14 in their last 55 during game 1 of a series and 59-25 in their last 85 vs. National League Central. The Reds are 2-5 in their last 7 during game 1 of a series and 1-4 in their last 5 home games. The Cubs are 13-3 in the last 16 meetings in Cincinnati and 29-9 in the last 38 meetings overall.

I'm not sure it matters who pitches for the Cubs, as they've owned the Reds whenever they've played and are head and shoulders the better team here. The Reds are likely just waiting for the season to end and are throwing a pitcher out there who has just eight career starts under his belt. Give me the Cubs to win No. 102. 

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Thu, 29 Sep 2016 22:41:04 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=58116