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Cincinnati Reds vs. Chicago Cubs - 8/9/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Chicago Cubs at Cincinnati Reds
Date & Time Friday August 9, 2019, 7:10 PM (EDT)
Great American Ball Park
Cincinnati, Ohio
The Line
Cincinnati Reds -120 / Chicago Cubs +110 O/U: 9.5
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The Chicago Cubs and the Cincinnati Reds will meet up on the MLB diamond Friday to continue their series.

In the Thursday game of this set, the Cubs jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the third (then gave it back) before continuing to an eventual 12-5 win.

For the Friday game, the Cubs will be sending out Yu Darvish in the start. Over his 126.0 innings and 4-5 record this year, Darvish has a 4.36 ERA with 149 Ks and 51 walks.

The Cubs posted 18 hits in the win on Thursday. Seven Chicago batters would finish with multiple knocks on the evening.
Over on the Reds’ side, they’re going with Trevor Bauer on Friday. Across 161.1 innings and a 9-8 mark so far, Bauer has a 3.85 ERA with 189 Ks and 66 BBs.

Cincinnati put up 11 hits on Thursday, but couldn’t score after the third inning. Aristides Aquino had a nice night with three RBI and a homer, though.

The Cubs are 5-2 in Darvish’s last seven starts with four days’ rest and 1-6 in the last seven road starts. Chicago is 1-5 in Darvish’s last six road starts versus a team with a losing record and the under is 5-0-1 in the Cubs’ last six Friday games.

Meanwhile, the Reds are 4-1 in their last five in game two of a series and 6-2 in their last eight home games. Cincinnati is 4-2 in their last six overall as well.

Outside of four earned in 6.0 innings in San Francisco, Darvish has been on a nice run over his last five games. In the other four, he’s combined for just three earned in 23.0 innings.

As for Bauer, he put up a no-decision in his first Reds start this year, with three earned in 4.2 innings on seven hits. Bauer should settle in and get better very soon, but for now I’m going to stick with Darvish and the Cubs.

Chicago Cubs +110

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