Reds vs. Cubs - 7/22/15 Game One Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Cubs (49-42) at Cincinnati Reds (41-49)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at 12:35 pm (Great American Ball Park)
K Hendricks (4-4) (3.44) vs. M Leake (7-5) (3.95)
The Line: Cincinnati Reds +102 / Chicago Cubs -112 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: ABC7, WLW
The Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds play game one of a doubleheader Wednesday afternoon.
The Chicago Cubs look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Cubs have scored 13 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in four straight games. The Cubs have won five of their last seven games when scoring more than three runs. Anthony Rizzo leads Chicago with 96 hits and 51 RBI while Starlin Castro and Kris Bryant have combined for 91 RBI. The Chicago Cubs have won six of their last eight road games. Kyle Hendricks gets the ball, and he’s 4-4 with a 3.44 ERA and 84 strikeouts this season. Hendricks is 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA and 18 strikeouts in his career against the Reds.
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The Cincinnati Reds need a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Reds have scored 12 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in four of their last eight games. The Reds have won six of their last nine games when scoring more than three runs. Todd Frazier leads Cincy with 100 hits and 61 RBI while Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips have combined for 76 RBI. The Cincinnati Reds have lost six of their last eight home games. Mike Leake takes the hill, and he’s 7-5 with a 3.95 ERA and 81 strikeouts this season. Leake is 8-2 with a 3.28 ERA and 82 strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.
The Cubs are 5-0 in their last 5 during game 3 of a series and 1-4 in their last 5 games vs. a right-handed starter. The Reds are 5-2 in their last 7 opening games of a double-header and 5-1 in Leakes last 6 starts. The Reds are 7-1 in Leakes last 8 home starts vs. Cubs.
Leake has flat out owned the Cubs throughout his career, which includes an 8-2 record against them overall and going 7-1 at home against them in his last eight starts. I like the Reds here given that history.