Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds - 9/20/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cincinnati Reds (63-86) at Chicago Cubs (94-55)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 8:05 pm (Wrigley Field)
Josh Smith (3-1) (4.98) vs. J Lester (17-4) (2.40)
The Line: Chicago Cubs / Cincinnati Reds --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Cubs continue their pursuit of locking up top spot in the National League as they face off against the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday.
The Reds look to keep the W flag at half mast for a night as they take on the Cubs at Wrigley on Tuesday night and they will send Josh Smith to the mound to face off against Jon Lester after a game yesterday where the Cubs piled on late to grab the win. Cincinnati raced out to an early 2-0 lead but as the Cubs have done all season long they battled back and no lead is ever safe with Chicago’s bats and that is exactly what we saw as the home side walked away with another win, this time a 5-2 final. The Reds have made some nice moves over the last season and a half to prepare for the future and a lot of their budding prospects are in the rotation but they will need to address some holes in the offseason as they have moved on from some pretty big bats in that span including Todd Frazier and Jay Bruce.
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The Cubs meanwhile are in a very exciting spot as they have a young core of their roster that looks very strong moving forward and a great, complimentary balance of veterans led by the likes of Jason Heyward and Lester who will be out for another strong outing on the hill here. Chicago has an MVP candidate in Kris Bryant and a slew of big time bats that includes Anthony Rizzo, Dexter Fowler, and Heyward in what is probably the best lineup we have seen from them in quite some time and might be their best chance at snapping the curse. Lester is a very impressive 17-4 with a 2.40 ERA and he will take on Smith who is 3-1 but has a 4.98 ERA and will be in tough against this roster.
The Reds are 1-4 in their last five overall, 1-6 in Smith’s last seven starts, and 1-4 in their last five against the NL Central while the Cubs are 77-33 in their last 110 home games, 35-16 in their last 51 overall and 6-0 in Lester’s last six home starts against a team with a losing record. Cincy has a bright future, but the future is now for the Cubs and Lester should deliver another win here.