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Cincinnati Reds vs. Chicago Cubs - 5/14/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Chicago Cubs at Cincinnati Reds
Date & Time Tuesday May 14, 2019, 6:40 PM (EDT)
Great American Ballpark
Cincinnati, OH
The Line
Chicago Cubs -141 / Cincinnati Reds +120 -- O/U: 9
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The Chicago Cubs and the Cincinnati Reds meet in game one of a three game NL Central division set in MLB action from the Great American Ballpark on Tuesday night.

The Chicago Cubs will look to stay hot after winning 19 of their last 24 games following another series victory with a 4-1 win in the finale on Sunday. Kris Bryant went 3 for 4 with a home run, a double and two RBIs while Javier Baez went 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI. Willson Contreras had an RBI of his own to round out Chicago’s scoring as a team in the win. David Bote went 2 for 4 while Albert Almora Jr. added a base hit as well in the victory. Jon Lester got the win after allowing just an unearned run on nine hits while striking out six over 6.2 innings of work. Steve Cishek closed out the 9th for his 2nd save of the season. Kyle Hendricks will start game one and is 2-4 with a 3.19 ERA and 34 strikeouts this season. In his career, Hendricks is 5-2 with a 3.45 ERA and 68 strikeouts against Cincinnati.

The Cincinnati Reds will look to bounce back after failing to complete the sweep of San Francisco, losing the series finale on Sunday by a final score of 6-5. Jose Iglesias went 2 for 4 with two RBIs while Yasiel Puig had a solo home run and Nick Senzel had a double and an RBI of his own. Tucker Barnhart had an RBI as well to round out Cincy’s scoring as a team in the loss, while Jose Peraza went 2 for 4 with a double. Eugenio Suarez had a pair of hits of his own while Joey Votto, Kyle Farmer and Curt Casali each had base hits to cap off the Reds’ offense as a team in the losing effort. Tyler Mahle allowed four runs on six hits while striking out eight over 6.1 innings of work, not factoring in the decision. David Hernandez took the loss, falling to 0-2 on the year. Tanner Roark will start game one and is 3-1 with a 3.27 ERA and 37 strikeouts this season. In his career, Roark is 5-2 with a 3.77 ERA and 37 strikeouts against the Cubs.

Chicago is 21-6 in their last 27 games overall and 4-0 in their last 4 road games while the under is 21-1 in Hendricks’ last 22 Tuesday starts. Cincinnati is 5-1 in Roark’s last 6 starts and 15-36 in their last 51 division games while the under is 40-16-2 in their last 58 games overall. Chicago is 54-25 in the last 79 meetings between these two teams and 0-4 in the last 4 meetings between these two teams in Cincinnati.

The plus money with Cincinnati is tempting as the Reds have stepped up their play a bit lately, and Roark has been solid for the Reds as well, with Cincinnati winning 5 of his last 6 starts. However, Chicago has been arguably the hottest team in the majors over the last three weeks or so, and this is a pretty good price with Hendricks who hasn’t allowed an earned run in three of his last four starts with each of those starts going at least seven innings. I’ll lay the juice with Chicago in this spot.

Chicago Cubs -141

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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