Reds vs. Cubs - 4/25/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Cubs (8-7) at Cincinnati Reds (8-8)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 1:10 pm (Great American Ball Park)
J Arrieta (2-1) (1.74) vs. A DeSclafani (2-0) (0.86)
The Line: Cincinnati Reds +105 / Chicago Cubs -115 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: ABC7, FSN-OH
The Cincinnati Reds and Chicago Cubs play game two of their series Saturday afternoon.
The Chicago Cubs look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Cubs have 11 runs in their last two games and four or more in seven of their last nine games. The Cubs have won eight of their last 10 games when scoring more than three runs. Starlin Castro leads Chicago with 22 hits and 11 RBI while Jorge Soler and Anthony Rizzo have combined for 16 RBI. The Chicago Cubs are off to a solid 5-3 start on the road this season. Jake Arrieta takes the hill, and he’s 2-1 with a 1.74 ERA and 19 strikeouts this season. Arrieta is 2-2 with a 3.71 ERA and 35 strikeouts in his career against the Reds.
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The Cincinnati Reds look for a win after splitting their last six games. The Reds have allowed 22 runs in their last four games and four or more in five of their last eight games. The Reds have lost eight of their last nine when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Joey Votto leads Cincy with 22 hits and 15 RBI while Todd Frazier and Zack Cozart have combined for 22 RBI. The Cincinnati Reds better get more consistent play from their pitching before this season starts to slip away. Anthony DeSclafani gets the ball, and he’s 2-0 with a 0.86 ERA and 16 strikeouts this season. DeSclafani is 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA and 10 strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.
The Cubs are 4-1 in their last 5 during game 2 of a series and 4-1 in Arrietas last 5 starts. The Reds are 5-1 in their last 6 games as a home underdog and 1-5 in their last 6 games as an underdog. The Cubs are 2-6 in the last 8 meetings in Cincinnati and 16-35 in the last 51 meetings overall.
I don't trust the Reds pitching rotation, as they continue to give up runs left and right. The Cubs are starting to turn the corner a bit and Arrieta has been a solid pitcher this season. I like the Cubs to get another one in Cincy.