Cubs vs. Reds - 9/2/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cincinnati Reds (54-76) at Chicago Cubs (74-56)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at 2:20 pm (Wrigley Field)
R Iglesias (3-6) (3.92) vs. J Hammel (7-6) (3.42)
The Line: Chicago Cubs -160 / Cincinnati Reds +150 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Cincinnati Reds and Chicago Cubs play a rubber game Wednesday afternoon.
The Cincinnati Reds need a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Reds have scored 18 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last 10 games. The Reds have split their last six when scoring more than three runs. Joey Votto leads Cincy with 139 hits and 65 RBI while Todd Frazier and Brandon Phillips have combined for 129 RBI. The Cincinnati Reds have lost six of their last eight road games. Raisel Iglesias gets the nod, and he’s 3-6 with a 3.92 ERA and 87 strikeouts this season. This is Iglesias’ second career game against the Cubs.
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The Chicago Cubs need a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Cubs have scored 13 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in five of their last seven games. The Cubs have lost five of their last seven when scoring three or less runs. Anthony Rizzo leads Chicago with 133 hits and 78 RBI while Dexter Fowler and Kris Bryant have combined for 117 RBI. The Chicago Cubs have won six of their last eight home games. Jason Hammel takes the hill, and he’s 7-6 with a 3.42 ERA and 144 strikeouts this season. Hammel is 0-1 with a 4.58 ERA and 38 strikeouts in his career against the Reds.
The Reds are 33-70 in their last 103 road games and 1-4 in Iglesias' last 5 starts. The Cubs are 6-2 in their last 8 during game 3 of a series and 4-1 in Hammels last 5 starts as a favorite. The Reds are 3-8 in the last 11 meetings in Chicago.
This an a big game for the Cubs, as they can't afford to lose games to lesser teams down the stretch. On a quick turnaround, I like the Cubbies to win this series with Hammel on the hill.