Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds - 7/6/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cincinnati Reds (31-54) at Chicago Cubs (52-31)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at 2:20 pm (Wrigley Field)
A DeSclafani (2-0) (1.78) vs. A Warren (2-1) (3.51)
The Line: Chicago Cubs -173 / Cincinnati Reds +163 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Cincinnati Reds and NL Central rival the Chicago Cubs faceoff Wednesday afternoon.
The Cincinnati Reds and their young rotation know they are going nowhere so their thinking has to be just winning as many games as possible. The Reds had dropped eight of ten before outscoring the Cubs 9-5 on Tuesday. Cinci starter Brandon Finnegan was charged with all five runs on five hits including four homers and still received the win with the pen throwing four shutout frames. Cincinnati totaled ten hits and walked seven times with Jay Bruce smacking a two run bomb with Zack Cozart going deep and driving in two while scoring twice. Joey Votto knocked in two more and scored two times while Billy Hamilton also scored two times. Anthony DeSclafani toes the rubber against the rival Cubs for the first time in 2016. DeSclafani has been at his best the past three times out with a 2-0 record with a 0.88 WHIP and 1.66 ERA.
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The Chicago Cubs haven’t been at their best for the past few weeks but they have built a sizeable lead in the NL Central so they are still in good shape. The Cubs are still trying to regain their early season magic and failed to do so Tuesday and have lost five of six. Cubbies starter John Lackey fell to 7-5 with six runs plated (five earned)on six hits and five BB through six innings before the pen allowed three runs. Chicago mustered seven hits and walked five times with Kris Bryant and Javier Baez going solo while Addison Russell clubbed two homers and drove in three. The Cubs hand the ball to Adam Warren who comes out of the bullpen for a lone start. Warren was a starter for the Yankees in 2015 where he had gone 6-6 in 17 starts.
The over is 6-1-1 in Cincinnati’s last 8 overall and is 6-1-1 in their last 8 on grass while going 15-5-1 in the Reds last 21 Wednesday games. The over is 8-1-2 in the Cubs last 11 overall and is 8-1-2 in their last 11 on grass while the under is 14-4 in Chicago’s last 18 home games. The over is 19-5-3 in the last 27 meetings and Cincinnati are 7-26 in the last 33 meetings. I’d say DeSclafani has the edge on the mound but I’d also say the Reds pen scares me so no bet...