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2022 MLB Handicapping
(18-24) Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds (12-30)
Date: Wednesday, May 25th, 2022
Time: 6:40 PM ET
Venue: Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati
Projected Pitchers: Kyle Hendricks (CHI) vs. Luis Castillo (CIN)
MLB Moneyline Odds: Cubs +135 / Reds -155
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Cubs -1.5 (+130) / Reds -1.5 (+130)
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: 8.5
The Chicago Cubs will travel for a weekday divisional series against the Cincinnati Reds from Great American Ball Park.
Ian Happ added a three-run homer and an RBI double to his impressive body of work at GABP, powering the Cubs to a 7-4 win over the Reds on Monday night.
Frank Schwindel homered twice in a game for the first time in his career, and the Cubs rolled past the Reds 11-4 on Tuesday night.
The Cubs head out on a six-game road trip starting in this one. They have actually been a lot better on the road where they stand at a respectable 9-9 on the season. Chicago ended a three-game slide by posting a 5-4 win against the Diamondbacks on Sunday.
Ian Happ had a great 2021 season and has been one of the Cubs’ top hitters this year. The 27-year-old center fielder has been quiet this month, recording a .650 OPS but has 18 RBIs and a .787 OPS on the season. Happ was dominant against the Reds last year, driving in 15 runs along with a 1.1 OPS.
Chicago is averaging 4.09 runs on the season, ranking them 19th in the Major Leagues. The pitching staff has recorded a 3.92 team ERA, placing them 21st overall.
The Cubs will have Drew Smyly on the mound to begin the series. Smyly wasn’t at his best last time out, giving up three runs in only 4.1 innings against the Pirates, and was tagged with the loss to dip to 1-5. The veteran southpaw is struggling on the mound this month and has recorded a decent 3.97 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP.
The Reds have definitely been competitive after that abysmal 3-22 start. They earned a series win against the Brewers earlier this month and swept Cleveland last week. The bats were quiet in a series loss to the Blue Jays last weekend but managed to collect a 3-2 win on Sunday.
Brandon Drury is having a stellar month at the plate, accumulating 15 RBIs and a .911 OPS. The 29-year-old third baseman is having a solid year, recording 22 RBIs and an .842 OPS. Drury did not play in Toronto on the weekend but should be playing in this series.
Cincinnati is scoring an average of 3.97 runs per game, ranking them 20th overall. The pitching staff has been the downfall of this team, posting a league worst 5.76 team ERA.
Vladimir Gutierrez will make his seventh start of the season in this one. Gutierrez had trouble again in his latest effort, surrendering four runs in only 4.2 innings against the Brewers, and was able to escape with the no-decision in a clash the Reds won. The young right-hander is struggling this season, posting an 8.65 ERA and a 1.96 WHIP accompanied by an 0-5 record in 26 innings.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Chicago is 11-8 ATS on the road
- Chicago O/U are 8-11 on the road
- Cincinnati is 6-9 ATS at home
- Cincinnati O/U are 12-3 at home
Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds MLB Prediction:
There is a lot of inconsistency to work through when handicapping this game, but I like Chicago as a road underdog on Wednesday night.
Hendricks has had three really bad starts, but he has also had five strong performances. I would expect this to be another one of his quality outings, as Cincinnati has one of the weakest lineups in the major leagues.
The Reds have started to fall back to their losing ways, and it certainly took them a long time to recover last time this happened.
Give me the Cubs again.
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