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Cincinnati Reds vs. Chicago Cubs - 6/22/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Chicago Cubs (42-29) at Cincinnati Reds (28-45)
Date & Time Friday June 22, 2018, 7:10 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Cincinnati Reds +135 / Chicago Cubs -145 --- Over/Under: 9
TV Channel
WGN, FSOH
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MLB | Chicago Cubs (42-29) at Cincinnati Reds (28-45)
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On Friday out at Great American Ball Park, the Chicago Cubs and the Cincinnati Reds will be continuing their MLB series. 

In the Thursday opener of this set, the Reds scored all of their runs in the sixth inning en route to a 6-2 victory. 

For Friday’s game, the Cubs will be bringing out lefty Jose Quintana. In his 75.1 innings and 6-5 mark this season, Quintana has a 4.06 ERA with 73 Ks and 35 BBs. 

Leading the way for the Cubs coming into this set was Kris Bryant, bringing 73 hits, 39 runs and 36 RBI on the year. In the opener, Bryant had a hit and a run. 

Over on the Reds’ side, they're going with Luis Castillo on Friday. Across his 78.0 innings and 4-8 mark this season, Castillo has a 5.77 ERA with 76 Ks and 31 BBs. 

Scooter Gennett is the top Reds hitter with 90 hits, 37 runs, 13 homers and 50 RBI coming into this series. On Thursday, Gennett had a hit and a run. 

The Cubs are 6-0 in their last six Friday games and 6-1 in the last seven in game two of a series. Chicago is 4-1 in Quintana’s last five starts with four days’ rest and 5-2 in his last seven road starts. 

Meanwhile, the Reds are 2-5 in their last seven in game two of a series and 1-4 in their last five Friday games. Cincinnati is also 0-4 in Castillo’s last four starts and 2-6 in his last eight starts in game two of a series. 

Quintana has been pretty solid over his last four starts, with six total earned runs in a span of 22.2 innings. As for Castillo, he’s given up 16 earned over his last four starts in 20.2 innings. I’m going to go with the hot hand here and stick with the Cubs for the Friday win.

Pick:
Chicago Cubs -145

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