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Cincinnati Reds vs. Chicago Cubs Free Pick 9/9/13

Chicago Cubs (60-81) at Cincinnati Reds (81-62)

MLB Baseball: Monday, September 9, 2013 at 7:10 pm (Great American Ball Park)

Travis Wood (L) (8-11) (3.168) vs. Bronson Arroyo (R) (13-10) (3.620)

The Line: Cincinnati Reds -200 / Chicago Cubs +180 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSN-Chicago, FS-Ohio

The Cincinnati Reds and the Chicago Cubs face-off on Monday in Cincinnati as they play game one of their series.

The Cincinnati Reds have been red-hot, fresh off of a sweep of the N.L. West-leading Dodgers. The Reds are 7-3 in their last 10 games, 47-24 at home this season, and they are 1.5 games out in the N.L. Central. As a team, the Reds are hitting .251 with Joey Votto hitting .303, Shin-Soo Choo hitting .291, and Jay Bruce hitting .268. For game one of their series against the Cubs, the Reds start Bronson Arroyo, who is 13-10 on the season, with a 3.62 ERA and 1-1 in his last threes tarts with a 5.71 ERA.

Cincinnati Reds vs. Chicago Cubs Free Pick 9/9/13

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The Chicago Cubs are once again playing out the season as they are hoping they are building for the future. The Cubs are 4-6 in their last 10 games, 31-36 on the road this season, and they are 22.5 games back in the N.L. Central. As a team, the Cubs are hitting .240, with Junior Lake hitting .309, Dioner Navarro hitting .305, and Nate Schierholtz hitting .254. For game one in Cincinnati, the Cubs start Travis Wood, who is 8-11 with a 3.17 ERA for the season and 1-1 with a 3.48 ERA in his last three starts.

Cincinnati is 5-0 in their last five home games, 45-22 in their last 67 games against a team with a losing record, and 12-5 in Arroyo’s last seven home starts. The Cubs are 2-5 in their last seven games as a road underdog, 1-4 in game one of a series, and 1-4 in Wood’s last five starts. Chicago is 7-19 in their last 26 games in Chicago.

The price on the Reds is a tough sell in this one, but the alternative is worse as the Reds have owned Wood and the Cubs in general and are the play here. 

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