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Cincinnati Reds vs. Chicago Cubs Game 1 - 5/19/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Chicago Cubs (23-18) at Cincinnati Reds (15-30)
Date & Time Saturday May 19, 2018, 1:10 PM (EDT)
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MLB | Chicago Cubs (23-18) at Cincinnati Reds (15-30)
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The Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds meet Saturday in game one of a MLB doubleheader at Great American Ball Park.

The Chicago Cubs look for another victory after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Cubs have scored 12 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 12 games. The Chicago Cubs have won seven of their last nine games when scoring more than one run. Kris Bryant leads the Cubs with 43 hits and 22 RBI while Javier Baez and Willson Contreras have combined for 83 hits and 57 RBI. Kyle Hendricks gets the ball, and he is 3-3 with a 3.20 ERA and 38 strikeouts this season. Hendricks is 4-1 with a 3.41 ERA and 52 strikeouts in his career against the Reds.

The Cincinnati Reds need a win here after losing three of their last four games. The Reds have scored 10 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last eight games. The Cincinnati Reds have won seven of their last 10 games when scoring more than three runs. Scooter Gennett leads the Reds with 53 hits and 25 RBI while Jose Peraza and Joey Votto have combined for 91 hits and 34 RBI. Luis Castillo gets the ball, and he is 3-4 with a 6.02 ERA and 46 strikeouts this season. This will be Castillo’s second career game against the Cubs.

The Cubs are 5-2 in their last 7 Saturday games, 15-2 in Hendricks' last 17 Saturday starts and 5-2 in Hendricks' last 7 starts with 5 days of rest. The Reds are 17-36 in their last 53 during game 2 of a series, 6-20 in their last 26 Saturday games and 6-21 in their last 27 home games. The Cubs are 17-7 in the last 24 meetings in Cincinnati, 43-18 in the last 61 meetings and the over is 37-15-3 in the last 55 meetings.

Hendricks has allowed three or less earned runs in each of his last six starts and is giving up just a .228 batting average this season. Hendricks has struggled on the road and has an issue keeping the ball in the yard, but he's been slightly more consistent in the month of May. Castillo has been decent as of late, allowing two earned runs in each of his last three starts, but he's not hard to hit and that's concerning with the way the Cubs are swinging the bats. I'm going to side with the Cubs in game 1, but I don't love this pitching matchup.

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