Reds vs. Cubs - 9/30/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Cubs (101-57) at Cincinnati Reds (67-92)
MLB Baseball: Friday, September 30, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Great American Ball Park)
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The Line: Cincinnati Reds / Chicago Cubs --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds begin a three-game series early Friday night.
The Chicago Cubs look to finish the regular season strong after winning six of their last eight games. The Cubs have scored 11 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 10 games. The Chicago Cubs offense has been consistent all season long, and they’ve won 10 of their last 13 games when scoring more than three runs. Kris Bryant leads Chicago with 174 hits, Anthony Rizzo has 106 RBI and Ben Zobrist has 15 home runs. At that time this article was posted, there was no probable starter listed for the Cubs. The Chicago Cubs are still making sure their rotation is set perfectly as they gear up for the playoffs.
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The Cincinnati Reds look for a feel good win after splitting their last eight games. The Reds have scored 10 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last seven games. The Cincinnati Reds offense has heated up over the last week or so, and they’ve won eight of their last 12 games when scoring more than three runs. Joey Votto leads Cincinnati with 176 hits, Brandon Phillips has 64 RBI and Eugenio Suarez has 20 home runs. Josh Smith takes the hill, and he’s 3-2 with a 4.77 ERA and 47 strikeouts this season. Smith is 0-2 with a 5.25 ERA and 13 strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.
The Cubs are 41-14 in their last 55 during game 1 of a series and 59-25 in their last 85 vs. National League Central. The Reds are 2-5 in their last 7 during game 1 of a series and 1-4 in their last 5 home games. The Cubs are 13-3 in the last 16 meetings in Cincinnati and 29-9 in the last 38 meetings overall.
I'm not sure it matters who pitches for the Cubs, as they've owned the Reds whenever they've played and are head and shoulders the better team here. The Reds are likely just waiting for the season to end and are throwing a pitcher out there who has just eight career starts under his belt. Give me the Cubs to win No. 102.