Cincinnati Reds (74-66) vs. Chicago Cubs (64-76)
September 8, 2021 7:40 pm EDT
The Line: Chicago Cubs +100 / Cincinnati Reds -132; Over/Under:
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The Cincinnati Reds and the Chicago Cubs meet in MLB action from Wrigley Field on Wednesday night.
The Cincinnati Reds will be out to build on their 4-3 triumph over the Cubs from Tuesday’s action. Nick Castellanos and Jonathan India each had a solo home run with India adding a double to the cause as well while Mike Moustakas and Kyle Farmer each had an RBI as well to finish off the scoring for the Reds in the win. Joey Votto chipped in a double of his own while Tyler Naquin, tucker Barnhart, Wade Miley and Tyler Stephenson all had base hits as well to end Cincinnati’s offense in the win. Miley got the win to improve to 12-5 on the year after allowing one run on five hits while striking out eight over seven innings of work. Mychal Givens closed the 9th for his 6th save of the season. Vladimir Gutierrez will start here and is 9-6 with a 4.17 ERA and 76 strikeouts this season.
The Chicago Cubs will look to rebound from their loss at the hands of the Reds on Tuesday. All of the Cubs’ damage on the board came via solo home runs, as Rafael Ortega, Willson Contreras and Ian Happ all had solo blasts to cap off the scoring for the Cubs in defeat with Happ going 3 for 4 at the dish. Patrick Wisdom had a double while Matt Duffy and Alfonso Rivas each contributed base hits as well to end the offense for Chicago in the loss. Adrian Sampson ended up with the loss, falling to 0-2 after allowing two runs on six hits while striking out a pair over five innings of work. Alec Mills will start here and is 6-6 with a 4.25 ERA and 71 strikeouts this season.
Cincinnati is 8-3 in their last 11 game three matchups and 2-5 in their last 7 road games while the under is 6-0 in their last 6 games as a road favorite. Chicago is 7-1 in their last 8 games overall and 5-1 in their last 6 home games while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 game three matchups.
I get why you could lean either way here as Cincy is the better team and the Cubs have been playing the better ball as of late. However, Vlad Gutierrez had a rough start his last time out on the road and Alec Mills simply hasn’t been able to get it done on his end for much of the season. I think the offenses come to play again, so give me the over.