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Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds - 8/15/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cincinnati Reds (49-70) at Chicago Cubs (62-55)

MLB Baseball: Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 8:05 pm (Wrigley Field)

Luis Castillo (2-5) (3.73) vs. K Hendricks (4-4) (3.70)

The Line: Chicago Cubs -194 / Cincinnati Reds +181 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-Ohio

 Wrigley Field and the Chicago Cubs play host to the Cincinnati Reds in Tuesday night MLB baseball.

The Cincinnati Reds have shown potential this season but are still struggling to establish a pattern of consistency. The Reds have now dropped three in a row following a 15-5 defeat the Chicago Cubs on Monday night with the pitching having too ,many issues. Cinci starter Asher Wojciechowski was tagged with seven runs on ten hits including two homers while Drew Storen allowed six more and Michael Lorenzen two.  Cincinnati totaled eight hits and seven bases on balls with Scooter Gennett going deep while driving in two and scoring two followed by Billy Hamilton with a two RBI effort. The Cincinnati Reds hand Tuesday’s start against the Chicago Cubs to right hander Luis Castillo. Castillo did not receive a decision last time out in a 10-3 win versus the San Diego Padres with all three runs given up on six hits and a trio of BB over six frames. 

Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds - 8/15/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Chicago Cubs own a narrow lead in the National League Central despite not playing well over the past few weeks. The Cubs broke out the bats Monday night and even though the pitching wasn’t, it didn’t matter. Cubs starter Jose Quintana allowed a pair of runs (one earned)on four hits and four walks through five innings before Mike Montgomery surrendered three  more runs over 2.2 frames.  The Cubbies amassed 17 hits and four walks with Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and Javier Baez each leaving the yard, scoring five and driving in eight while Jon Jay and Tommy La Stella combined for four RBI’s and six runs. Kyle Hendricks draws Tuesday night’s starting assignment versus the visiting Cincinnati Reds. Hendricks comes off of a 3-1 defeat (ND) at the San Francisco Giants where he allowed a single run on five hits and a trio of free passes in 4.2 frames.

Cincinnati are 3-13 in their last 16 games on grass and Cincinnati are 5-21 in their last 26 road games while the over is 12-3-2 in Cincinnati last 17 road games. Chicago are 42-18 in their last 60 Tuesday games and Chicago are 109-53 in their last 162 home games. Cincinnati are 13-38 in the last 51 meetings and Cincinnati are 7-20 in the last 27 meetings in Chicago.

Cincinnati proved that they are last in the NL Central for a reason on Monday. This game is one you expect to lose and hope for the best…

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