Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds - 8/31/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cincinnati Reds (53-76) at Chicago Cubs (74-55)
MLB Baseball: Monday, August 31, 2015 at 8:05 pm (Wrigley Field)
D Holmberg (1-4) (7.62) vs. K Hendricks (6-6) (4.11)
The Line: Chicago Cubs / Cincinnati Reds --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Cubs and the Cincinnati Reds face off on Monday at Wrigley Field in game one of their series of National League Central teams.
The Chicago Cubs have been playing their best baseball in several years and they are holding down the final Wildcard spot in the National League. The Cubs are 6-4 in their last 10 games, 39-26 at home, and they are 9.5 games back in the NL Central and they are 5.5 games ahead of the San Francisco Giants in the NL Wildcard standings. As a team the Cubs are hitting .240 with Anthony Rizzo hitting .284, Kyle Schwarber hitting .266, and Kris Bryant hitting .263. The Cubs pitching staff has an ERA of 3.59 with the starters at 3.62 and the bullpen at 3.52. For game one against the Reds the Cubs start Kyle Hendricks who has allowed 141 hits and 65 earned runs while striking out 124 over 142.1 innings for a 6-6 record and a 4.11 ERA.
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The Cincinnati Reds are having an awful season and they have slid into last place in the National League Central. The Reds are 2-8 in their last 10 games, 24-41 on the road, and they are 30.5 games behind the Cardinals in the NL Central. As a team the Reds are hitting .249 with Joey Votto hitting .312, Brandon Phillips hitting .287, and Todd Frazier hitting .266. The Reds pitching staff has an ERA of 4.14 with the starters at 4.33 and the bullpen at 3.80. For game one against the Cubs the Reds start Michael Lorenzen who has allowed 97 hits and 55 earned runs while striking out 65 over 90.2 innings for a 3-8 record and a 5.46 ERA.
Chicago is 9-1 against the National League Central, 14-3 in their last 17 home games, and 5-1 in Hendricks’ last six starts. Cincinnati is 17-35 in their last 52 games, 32-70 in their last 102 road games, and 0-4 in Lorenzen’s last four starts. Cincinnati is 4-12 in their last 16 games against Chicago.
THe Cubs are just red hot but the cross country road trip following a night game I have to think we can take a chance with the Reds at a big price.