Cincinnati Reds (18-24) at Chicago Cubs (25-18)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, September 10, 2020 at 8:15 pm (Wrigley Field)
Sonny Gray (5-2) (3.19) vs. Adbert Alzolay (0-1) (2.08)
The Line: Chicago Cubs +125 / Cincinnati Reds -135 --- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Cincinnati Reds and Chicago Cubs meet Thursday in MLB action at Wrigley Field.
The Cincinnati Reds look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Reds have scored five runs in their last three games and three or less runs in six of their last 10 games. The Reds have lost six of their last seven games when scoring three or less runs. Nick Castellanos leads the Reds with 35 hits and 27 RBI while Jesse Winker and Eugenio Suarez have combined for 63 hits and 45 RBI. Sonny Gray gets the ball, and he is 5-2 with a 3.19 ERA and 56 strikeouts this season. Gray is 4-2 with a 2.38 ERA and 50 strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.
The Chicago Cubs need a win after losing five of their last eight games. The Cubs have scored eight runs in their last three games and three or less runs in five of their last six games. The Cubs have lost five of their last six games when scoring three or less runs. Ian Happ leads the Cubs with 41 hits and 24 RBI while Javier Baez and Willson Contreras have combined for 66 hits and 38 RBI. Adbert Alzolay gets the ball, and he is 0-1 with a 2.08 ERA and 12 strikeouts this season. This will be Alzolay’s second career game against the Reds.
The Reds are 4-0 in their last 4 during game 3 of a series and 2-5 in their last 7 games vs. a right-handed starter. The Cubs are 59-27 in their last 87 Thursday games, 18-38 in their last 56 games as an underdog and 0-4 in their last 4 during game 3 of a series. The under is 5-1 in Reds last 6 overall. The under is 6-0-1 in Cubs last 7 overall. The Reds are 16-36 in the last 52 meetings in Chicago.
Sonny Gray is coming off a game where he allowed five hits and six runs in 0.2 innings, while Adbert Alzolay has allowed two earned runs and five hits in 8.2 innings on the season. Gray is the more trustworthy pitcher overall in this matchup, but neither of these teams have been able to score lately. I have more confidence the Cubs will turn things around before the Reds. At home, this feels like a spot the Cubs bats will finally wake up. I'll take a stab with the plus money.