Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds
|Date & Time||Monday September 16, 2019, 8:05 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Chicago Cubs -136 / Cincinnati Reds +126 -- Over/Under:
The Cincinnati Reds and Chicago Cubs meet Monday in MLB action at Wrigley Field.
The Cincinnati Reds look for a win after splitting their last 12 games. The Reds have scored seven runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last 11 games. The Cincinnati Reds have won five of their last six games when scoring four or more runs. Eugenio Suarez leads the Reds with 145 hits and 100 RBI while Jose Iglesias and Joey Votto have combined for 266 hits and 99 RBI. Sonny Gray gets the ball, and he is 10-7 with a 2.80 ERA and 190 strikeouts this season. Gray is 2-2 with a 2.86 ERA and 30 strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.
The Chicago Cubs look for another win to build on their four-game winning streak. The Cubs have scored 47 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last eight games. The Chicago Cubs have won 12 of their last 14 games when scoring four or more runs. Kris Bryant leads the Cubs with 150 hits and 77 RBI while Javier Baez and Anthony Rizzo have combined for 291 hits and 178 RBI. Cole Hamels gets the ball, and he is 7-7 with a 3.89 ERA and 131 strikeouts this season. Hamels is 11-2 with a 2.21 ERA and 114 strikeouts in his career against the Reds.
The Reds are 1-4 in their last 5 during game 1 of a series, 16-5 in Gray's last 21 starts and 4-1 in Gray's last 5 starts with 4 days of rest. The Cubs are 6-0 in their last 6 during game 1 of a series, 45-21 in their last 66 home games and 0-4 in Hamels' last 4 starts. The Reds are 16-35 in the last 51 meetings in Chicago and the under is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings in Chicago. The under is 4-1 in Hamels' last 5 starts overall. The under is 4-1-1 in Grays last 6 starts overall.
Gray has allowed six hits and four runs in his last 12.1 innings, and he has a 2.71 ERA and .183 allowed batting average on the road. Hamels has allowed 13 hits and six runs in his last 7.2 innings, and he has a 2.66 ERA and .227 allowed batting average at home. Getting plus money with Gray and the way he's pitched all year is tough to pass up. The problem is betting on the Reds as a team is risky. The Chicago Cubs are playing some of their best ball down the stretch as they fight for a playoff spot, and Hamels has been solid at Wrigley all year. I'll take the Cubs and the cheap price.