Cincinnati Reds (56-72) at Chicago Cubs (73-53)
|Date & Time||Friday August 24, 2018, 2:20 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Chicago Cubs / Cincinnati Reds --- Over/Under:
The Cincinnati Reds and Chicago Cubs meet Friday in MLB action at Wrigley Field.
The Cincinnati Reds look for a victory after splitting their last eight games. The Reds have scored 10 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in eight of their last 11 games. The Cincinnati Reds have lost seven of their last eight games when allowing three or less runs. Jose Peraza leads the Reds with 146 hits and 42 RBI while Scooter Gennett and Eugenio Suarez have combined for 268 hits and 167 RBI. Matt Harvey gets the ball, and he is 6-7 with a 4.91 ERA and 89 strikeouts this season. Harvey is 2-1 with a 4.05 ERA and 32 strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.
The Chicago Cubs look for another victory after winning seven of their last 12 games. The Cubs have scored 16 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in eight of their last 13 games. The Chicago Cubs have won four straight games when scoring more than one run. Javier Baez leads the Cubs with 138 hits and 93 RBI while Anthony Rizzo and Albert Almora Jr. have combined for 225 hits and 114 RBI. Alec Mills gets the ball, and he is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and two strikeouts this season. This will be Mills’ first career game against the Reds.
The Reds are 5-1 in their last 6 during game 2 of a series, 3-10 in their last 13 road games and 7-3 in Harveys last 10 starts. The Cubs are 18-6 in their last 24 during game 2 of a series, 11-4 in their last 15 Friday games and 19-9 in their last 28 home games. The Reds are 10-25 in the last 35 meetings in Chicago, 5-2 in the last 7 meetings and the over is 36-13-3 in the last 52 meetings.
Harvey has been a bit up and down with the Reds, but he's allowed just two runs while striking out 12 batters in his last 13.1 innings. Harvey has also produced a victory in seven of the last 10 games he's pitched. Mills has pitched just one game this year and has 5.1 innings under his belt for his career. The Reds have the clear pitching edge here, but the Reds continue to lose games, while the Cubs offense has woken up the last two contests, and they need to win games like this to gain ground in the playoff race. I'm going to sign with the Cubs, as the Reds are just one of those teams that finds ways to lose.