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Cincinnati Reds vs. Chicago Cubs - 6/28/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Chicago Cubs at Cincinnati Reds
Date & Time Friday June 28, 2019, 7:10 PM (EDT)
Great American Ball Park
Cincinnati, Ohio
The Line
Cincinnati Reds +102 / Chicago Cubs -112 O/U: 9
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The Chicago Cubs and the Cincinnati Reds will match up on the MLB diamond Friday.

Chicago is coming off a set against the Braves this week. The Cubs won the Monday opener but dropped Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s games. In the finale Thursday, Chicago managed to bang out a 9-7 win.

For the Friday matchup, the Cubs will be sending out Cole Hamels for the start. Across his 98.2 innings and 6-2 mark this year, Hamels has a 2.92 ERA with 96 Ks and 34 BBs.

Over on the Reds’ side, they played the Angels for a quick two games this week. Cincinnati fell in both of those outings, each by a 5-1 score.

The Reds are sending out Sonny Gray for the start on Friday. Over 76.0 innings and a 3-5 record so far, Gray has a 4.03 ERA with 85 Ks and 31 BBs.

The Cubs are 5-0 in Hamels’ last five Friday starts and 6-1 in his last seven with four days’ rest. Chicago is 11-4 in Hamels’ last 15 starts and 5-2 in his last seven road starts.

Meanwhile, the Reds are 4-0 in their last four home games and 0-4 in their last four overall. Cincinnati is 6-1 in Gray’s last seven starts and 5-2 in his last seven home starts.

Hamels is riding a pretty hot streak right now; he’s got five straight quality starts with a total of four earned allowed across 36.0 innings and is 2-1 in that time with one hard-luck loss.

As for Gray, he’s been fairly solid lately, if not mind-blowing. Over his last six starts, Gray has given up 13 earned.

All things considered here, with Hamels on the mound I can’t pick against the Cubs—and the number isn’t too bad here either.

Chicago Cubs -112

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