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Cincinnati Reds vs. Chicago Cubs Prediction,
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Game Snapshot with Current Line

#955 Cincinnati
Reds 8.5
#956 Chicago
Cubs -125

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at 2:20pm

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Game Stats

Cincinnati Reds
S. GRAY

43 - 49

5
W's
5
L's
3.33
ERA
1.18
WHIP

Chicago Cubs
Y. DARVISH

51 - 44

2
W's
4
L's
4.72
ERA
1.29
WHIP

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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.

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.

The Chicago Cubs are led by shortstop Javier Baez who was unbelievable last season. Last season, Baez hit 34 home runs along with 111 RBIs as he finished second in the NL MVP Award race. However, Baez is also a fantastic contact hitter as his batting average has never been below .273 in any full season in his career. Baez is already one of the best players in baseball and he is only 26 years old. So far this season, he has looked great once again as he currently has a .285 batting average along with 22 home runs and 63 RBIs.

The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet
Rating:

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
Rating:

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.

Prediction: Over

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