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Cincinnati Reds vs. Chicago Cubs - 6/30/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Chicago Cubs at Cincinnati Reds
Date & Time Sunday June 30, 2019, 1:10 PM (EDT)
Great American Ball Park
Cincinnati, Ohio
The Line
Cincinnati Reds +105 / Chicago Cubs -115 O/U: 10
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The Chicago Cubs and the Cincinnati Reds will match up on the MLB diamond to finish up their series on Sunday.

In the Friday opener, the Reds took a 6-3 victory. On Saturday, the Cubs returned the favor with a 6-0 shutout win.

For the Sunday game, the Cubs will be bringing out Jon Lester in the start. Over his 82.1 innings and 7-5 record this year, Lester has a 3.83 ERA with 82 Ks and 18 BBs.

Chicago’s offense secured eight hits on Saturday. Addison Russell was the only player with more than one hit (two and a run) and Javier Baez ripped a grand slam in that one.

Over on the Reds’ side, they’re going with Anthony DeSclafani in the start Sunday. Across 74.2 innings and a 4-4 record this year, DeSclafani has a 4.70 ERA with 77 Ks and 23 BBs.

The Reds managed seven hits in the Saturday game but couldn’t get it going on the scoreboard. Both Joey Votto and Eugenio Suarez logged a 2-for-4 day.

The Cubs are 7-3 in their last 10 Sunday games and 6-1 in his last seven Sunday starts. Chicago is 4-1 in Lester’s last five starts with five days’ rest and 1-4 in his last five road starts.

Meanwhile, the Reds are 5-2 in their last seven in game three of a series and 7-19 in their last 26 Sunday games. Cincinnati is 1-4 in DeSclafani’s last five Sunday starts and 2-6 in his last eight home starts.

Lester’s been pretty sketchy since about mid-May, but he is coming off a nice start versus the braves where he gave up zero earned in 6.0 innings on five hits. He’s also 4-1 in his last five starts.

As for DeSclafani, he was on a pretty good three-game run until he went to Milwaukee, where he gave up six earned in 4.1 innings on eight hits.

All things considered I like Lester’s chances a little better here so I’m going Cubs.

Chicago Cubs -115

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