Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds - 9/29/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cincinnati Reds (67-91) at Chicago Cubs (89-69)
MLB Baseball: Friday, September 29, 2017 at 2:20 pm (Wrigley Field)
Robert Stephenson (5-6) (4.86) vs. J Quintana (11-11) (4.06)
The Line: Chicago Cubs -210 / Cincinnati Reds +194 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CSCH, FSOH
Up at historic Wrigley Field on Friday, the Cincinnati Reds and the Chicago Cubs will be kicking off their weekend MLB series.
The Reds are coming off a set against the Brewers. The two teams split the first pair of games, then on Thursday Cincinnati fell 4-3.
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Cincinnati will be going with RHP Robert Stephenson on Friday. In his 79.2 innings and 5-6 record this year, Stephenson has a 4.86 ERA with 86 Ks and 51 BBs.
The Reds have some solid bats this year. Joey Votto entered Thursday with 174 hits, 104 runs, 36 homers and 99 RBI while Brandon Hamilton had 142 hits, 85 runs and 38 RBI. Votto posted a hit and a run on Thursday; Hamilton had one hit.
As for the Cubs, they’re fresh off a series versus the Cardinals. Chicago took two of the first three, then in the finale the Cubs eked out a 2-1 win in 11 innings.
Chicago will be going with LHP Jose Quintana on Friday. In his 184.0 innings and 11-11 record this year, Quintana has a 4.06 ERA with 202 Ks and 61 BBs.
The Cubs have some big hitters this season as well. Kris Bryant entered Thursday on 161 hits, 110 runs, 29 homers and 73 RBI while Anthony Rizzo had 156 hits, 99 runs, 32 homers and 109 RBI. Rizzo and Bryant both sat on Thursday.
The Reds are 6-2 in their last eight Friday games and 13-38 in their last 51 road games versus a left-handed starter. Cincinnati is also 6-2 in Stephenson’s last eight starts and 1-4 in Stephenson’s last five starts in game one of a series.
Meanwhile, the Cubs are 5-0 in their last five during game one of a series and 5-2 in their last seven Friday games. Chicago is also 5-0 in Quintana’s last five home starts and 5-0 in Quintana’s last five starts versus the NL Central.
Stephenson has been pretty solid lately. he had one bad outing in St. Louis, but in four of his last five starts he’s got four quality starts and five earned over a span of 24.0 innings. As for Quintana, he’s also got four quality starts in his last five games, giving up five earned in 28.0 innings in that span. This should be a nice pitching matchup, and the under probably makes the most sense. I have to go with the Cubs, though.