Free MLB Pick: Cubs vs Reds Odds
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2021 MLB Handicapping
(52-68) Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds (64-55)
Date: Tuesday, August 17
Time: 7:10 PM ET
Venue: Great American Ballpark, Cincinnati, Ohio
Projected Pitchers: Kyle Hendricks (Cubs) vs. Vladimir Gutierrez (Reds)
MLB Moneyline Odds: Cubs +135 | Reds -155
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Reds -1.5
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: 9
The Cincinnati Reds and Chicago Cubs meet tonight for leg two of a three game series. Chicago is all but mathematically eliminated from the playoff conversation following a long win drought. Meanwhile, Cincinnati trails San Diego by 2.5 games for the final NL wildcard.
Head-to-head, Cincinnati is 7-1 in their last eight matchups vs. NL Central rival Chicago.
On a downward spiral of 11 straight losses, Chicago has shed any competitive notion since August began. Major League Baseball’s latest doormat dropped their Sunday outing 4-1 against the then last-place Marlins.
Overall, the Cubs were outscored 23-15 during last weekend’s three-game sweep vs. Florida.
No MLB matchup is more vital than the starting pitchers. A strong arm covers a multitude of team shortcomings, and Chicago has current burdens to spare. Cubs bright spot Kyle Hendricks (13-5, 4.15 ERA) brings his NL-best win total tonight vs. Cincinnati while also boasting a 7-1 away record.
Hendricks seeks redemption, however, after getting rocked for 11 hits and nine earned runs August 12 by Milwaukee. Chicago has split Hendrick’s two starts this year opposite Cincinnati. In his latest effort, the veteran rhp gave Reds hitters five runs through four innings.
Considering their prolonged offensive struggles, and trade-deadline gutting, Hendricks has little margin error tonight if Chicago hopes to at least beat the run line.
The Cubs average 4.15 runs and allow 4.87.
Cincinnati overcame brief struggles to resume winning play while taking three of four from Philly & Atlanta last weekend. Those victories keep the Reds within wild card striking distance. Pouncing on vulnerable Chicago is crucial if Cincinnati hopes for greater competitive strides.
Vlad Gutierrez gets the starting nod tonight for Cincinnati. Overall, Guttierez stands 8-3 with a 3.95 ERA. The rookie standout has pitched Chicago well while holding the Cubs to three runs through 11 innings. Cincinnati fares well when Guttierez opens, having won six of Gutierrez’s last seven starts.
The Reds average 5.04 runs per game and allow 4.83.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Cincinnati is 14-6 ATS in its last 20 games
- Cincinnati is 13-6 SU in its last 19 games
- The total has gone OVER in 9 of Cincinnati’s last 13 games
- Cincinnati is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
- Chi Cubs is 1-9 ATS in its last 10 games
- Chi Cubs is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chi Cubs’s last 6 games
- Chi Cubs is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Free Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds MLB Prediction:
Take Cincinnati to win by at least two runs in this spot. The Reds have played quality ball of late, and as mentioned throughout, Chicago continues nosediving.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Reds -1.5
With the wild card chase as motivation, Cincinatti will overpower Chicago Tuesday.
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