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The Cincinnati Reds will be looking for another win as they take on the Chicago Cubs this Wednesday. The Reds are currently 43-49 after losing to the Cubs in their last game. Meanwhile, the Cubs are 51-44 after beating the Reds in their last game. Now, both teams will be looking to improve upon their respective records in this game.
Reds Look To Get Closer To .500
The Cincinnati Reds have won 43 of their first 92 games. In addition, the team is now in last place in the NL Central division lead despite the inconsistency amongst the other four teams. The Reds also enter this game after a disappointing performance yesterday as the team blew a three-run lead and ended up losing in extra innings. Now, the Reds will turn to Sonny Gray as the starting pitcher for this contest. So far, in his first 14 starts, he is 5-5 with a 3.42 ERA. If the Reds plan on winning this game, look for him to pitch well on the road.
Joey Votto’s double extends his Wrigley Field on-base streak to 41 games dating back to 6/25/14. His 119 hits at Wrigley are the most by any active visiting player.#BornToBaseball pic.twitter.com/6ufjGArCum
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) July 17, 2019
The Cincinnati Reds are led by first baseman Joey Votto who has struggled last season. Last season, Votto suffered a massive drop in power as he only hit 12 home runs along with 67 RBIs. This was especially surprising considering the fact that he had at least 29 home runs in each of the previous three seasons. However, he has somehow been even worse this season as he only has a .260 batting average along with 8 home runs and 23 RBIs.
Cubs Look For Another Home Win
The Chicago Cubs are currently in first place in the NL Central division as the team has won 51 of its first 95 games. The main reason for the team’s success is the team’s ability to dominate at home. So far this season, the Cubs have won 33 of their first 50 home games. For Wednesday’s game, the Cubs will hand the ball to starter Yu Darvish who has been underwhelming this season. So far this season, Darvish is 2-4 with a 4.72 ERA. In his last start, he went six innings and gave up zero earned runs.
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) July 17, 2019
- Cubs are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. National League Central.
- Cubs are 4-1 in their last 5 home games.
- Reds are 1-4 in their last 5 games vs. a right-handed starter.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Simply put, Chicago is the better of these two teams at this point in time and it is not even close. The Cubs are one of the best home teams in the entire league and should play well in this one as a result. Meanwhile, the Reds have been below average on the road and I expect the Reds to struggle away from home in this one. Overall, I expect this game to be pretty close throughout but the Cubs should eventually break the game open while getting the victory.
Prediction: Chicago Cubs
Full-Game Total Pick
Since both of these teams possess below average pitching staffs, I have to lean to the over in this game. Furthermore, the Cubs and the Reds have the ability to put up at least five runs in any baseball game so I think that this total is too low. I can see this game being somewhere in the realm of 6-5 so I will recommend the over in this game.