Chicago Cubs (8-7) at Cincinnati Reds (8-8)
|Date & Time||Friday April 24, 2015, 7:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Cincinnati Reds -105 / Chicago Cubs -105 --- Over/Under: 7.5
The Cincinnati Reds and Chicago Cubs begin a three-game series Friday night at Great American Ball Park.
The Chicago Cubs look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Cubs have allowed nine runs in their last two games and four or more runs in six of their last seven games. The Cubs have split their last 10 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Starlin Castro leads Chicago with 22 hits and 11 RBI while Jorge Soler and Kris Bryant have combined for 16 RBI. The Chicago Cubs have won four of their eight games on the road. Jon Lester takes the hill, and he’s 0-2 with a 6.89 ERA and 14 strikeouts this season. This will be Lester’s second career game against the Reds.
The Cincinnati Reds look for a win after splitting their last six games. The Reds have allowed 15 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last eight games. The Reds have lost seven of their last eight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Joey Votto leads Cincy with 22 hits and 14 RBI while Todd Frazier and Zack Cozart have combined for 21 RBI. Four of the Cincinnati Reds eight victories have come on their home field. Mike Leake gets the ball, and he’s 0-1 with a 3.92 ERA and 13 strikeouts this season. Leake is 8-2 with a 3.15 ERA and 72 strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.
The Cubs are 1-5 in their last 6 Friday games and 4-1 in their last 5 road games vs. a right-handed starter. The Reds are 5-1 in their last 6 games as a home underdog and 1-5 in Leakes last 6 starts. The Reds are 7-0 in Leakes last 7 home starts vs. Cubs.
Leake has flat out abused the Cubs throughout his career. Hard to bet against that considering the Cubs have yet to show consistency.