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Cincinnati Reds vs. Chicago Cubs - 6/29/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Chicago Cubs (49-26) at Cincinnati Reds (29-48)

MLB Baseball: Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at 12:35 pm (Great American Ball Park)

K Hendricks (5-6) (2.66) vs. Cody Reed (0-1) (6.75)

The Line: Cincinnati Reds +193 / Chicago Cubs -208 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds


On Wednesday at Great American Ball Park, the Chicago Cubs will be finishing up against the Cincinnati Reds.

This is game three of the early-week set. The Cubs mashed out an 11-8 victory in Monday’s game, then on Tuesday, Chicago took 15 innings on the way to a 7-2 win.

Cincinnati Reds vs. Chicago Cubs - 6/29/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction


The Cubs will be wheeling out right-hander Kyle Hendricks in Wednesday’s game. In his 14 starts and 5-6 record, Hendricks has managed a 2.76 ERA with a 1.02 WHIP in 84.2 innings. Against Miami on Friday, Hendricks posted five innings with one hit and four runs in a no-decision.

The Chicago lineup hasn’t had a whole lot of trouble this year. Kris Bryant leads the charge on 80 hits with 60 runs, 21 homers and 58 RBI. Ben Zobrist is right there on 77 hits with 51 runs and 42 RBI. Zobrist bagged a homer on Tuesday. Anthony Rizzo has bashed 18 homers with 55 RBI, 74 hits and 45 runs so far.

Cody Reed (LHP) will be taking the mound for the Reds on Wednesday. In his two starts and 0-1 record this year, Reed has a total 6.75 ERA with a 1.67 WHIP in 12 innings. Reed took the loss on Friday against the Padres, allowing five earned on nine hits in the game.

Cincinnati has a few noteworthy players at the plate as well. Jay Bruce has 76 hits with 44 runs, 17 homers and 59 RBI. Zack Cozart has hit 70 times with 42 runs, 11 homers and 31 RBI. Brandon Phillips is up there as well on 70 hits with 36 runs, 29 RBI and a .253 BA on the year.

The Cubs are 11-3 in their last 14 road games against a left-handed starter, and 15-6 in their last 21 games versus a left-handed starter overall. Chicago is also 1-5 in Hendricks’ last six road starts and 0-7 in Hendricks’ last seven Wednesday starts.
As for the Reds, they’re 8-20 in their last 28 game threes of a series, and 1-6 in their last seven Wednesday games. Cincinnati is also 1-6 in their last seven home games, and 30-63 in their last 93 overall.

I can’t find a whole lot of reasons to pick against the Cubs here. Hendricks should be able to take care of business.

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