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Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds - 5/24/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cincinnati Reds at Chicago Cubs
Date & Time Friday May 24, 2019, 2:20 PM (EDT)
Wrigley Field
Chicago, Illinois
The Line
Chicago Cubs -170 / Cincinnati Reds +150
TV Channel
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The Cincinnati Reds and the Chicago Cubs will kick off their weekend MLB series on Friday.

The Reds enter this one coming off a quick two-game set versus the Brewers this week. Cincinnati won the first installment of that series 3-0, but fell in the Wednesday game 11-9.

For the Friday matchup, the Reds will be sending out Anthony DeSclafani in the start. Over his 45.0 innings and 2-2 record this year, DeSclafani has a 4.60 ERA with 50 Ks and 14 BBs.

Over on the Cubs’ side, they played four games versus the Phillies this week. Chicago lost Monday but took victories Tuesday and Wednesday. In the Thursday finale, the Cubs fell 9-7 for a series split.

For Friday’s outing, Chicago will be going with Kyle Hendricks in the start. Over his 56.0 innings and 4-4 mark so far, Hendricks has a 3.21 ERA with 45 Ks and 11 BBs.

The Reds are 4-1 in their last five after an off day and 18-41 in their last 59 road games. Cincinnati is 4-0 in DeSclafani’s last four road starts and 5-1 in his last six starts.

Meanwhile, the Cubs are 4-0 in Hendricks’ last four starts and 6-1 in his last seven Friday starts. Chicago is 6-2 in Hendricks’ last eight starts in game one of a series and 8-2 in his last 10 home starts.

It’s been two consecutive bad starts for DeSclafani. In those, he’s put up eight earned on 14 hits in a total of 8.0 innings for an 0-1 mark in games versus San Francisco and the Dodgers.

As for Hendricks, he had a run of three straight quality starts going, but logged four earned on six hits in 5.2 innings (still a win) his last time up.

All things considered, I like Hendricks and the Cubs a little better here at home.

Chicago Cubs -170

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