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Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds - 10/1/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cincinnati Reds (67-93) at Chicago Cubs (91-69)

MLB Baseball: Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 3:20 pm (Wrigley Field)

Deck McGuire (0-1) (4.15) vs. Mike Montgomery (6-8) (3.24)

The Line: Chicago Cubs -175 / Cincinnati Reds +165 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-Ohio, WGN

The Cincinnati Reds and the Chicago Cubs square off in their 2017 MLB regular season finale from Wrigley Field on Sunday.

The Cincinnati Reds will look to end their season on a high note after losing 10 of their last 11 games, including a 9-0 loss in game two on Saturday. Adam Duvall went 3 for 3 with a double, while Jose Peraza added a pair of base hits of his own in the loss. Billy Hamilton, Scooter Gennett and Zach Vincej each chipped in a base knock in the losing effort for Cincy. Jackson Stephens took the loss to fall to 2-1 this season after allowing four runs on four hits while walking three and striking out five over four innings of work in the loss. Deck McGuire will start the finale and is 0-1 with a 4.15 ERA and 9 strikeouts this season. This will be McGuire’s first career start against the Cubs.

Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds - 10/1/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Chicago Cubs will look to finish the season strong with a sweep of a division rival after taking game two on Saturday. Kyle Schwarber went 2 for 4 with a home run and four RBIs, while Rene Rivera went 2 for 2 with a homer of his own and three RBIs in the win. Tommy La Stella and Ian Happ each contributed an RBI in the win while Albert Almora Jr. added a double. Jon Jay, Willson Contreras, Victor Caratini and Kris Bryant each chipped in a base hit in the winning effort for the Cubbies. Jon Lester got the win after tossing five innings of four hit shutout baseball, striking out seven in the win to improve to 13-8 this season. Mike Montgomery will start the series finale and is 7-8 with a 3.45 ERA and 98 strikeouts this season. In his career, Montgomery is 1-1 with a 3.42 ERA and 17 strikeouts against Cincinnati.

Cincinnati is 1-10 in their last 11 games overall and 21-47 in their last 68 road games while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 division matchups. Chicago is 15-3 in their last 18 games overall and 20-7 in their last 27 home games while the under is 8-3 in their last 11 division matchups. Cincinnati is 16-43 in the last 59 meetings between these two teams.

McGuire’s first career start really left something to be desired, giving up six runs, four earned, in just three innings of work. That won’t fly when the Reds are struggling as it is and just want tomorrow’s game to be done so they can look ahead to next season. Chicago is gaining steam and is trying to build as much momentum as possible with the playoffs starting next week, so I’ll take the Cubs to complete the sweep in the series finale on Sunday.

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