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2021 MLB Handicapping
(52-69) Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds (65-55)
Date: Wednesday, August 18th, 2021
Time: 12:35 PM ET
Venue: Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, OH
Projected Pitchers: TBA (CHI) vs. Tyler Mahle (CIN)
MLB Moneyline Odds: Cubs +190 Reds -256
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Cubs +1.5, Reds -1.5
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: O/U: 9.5
The Cubs will be in Cincinnati to take on the Reds for game 3 Wednesday at 12:35 ET. Game 2 is Tuesday at 7:10 ET.
There has been no starter named for the Cubs yet and Tyler Mahle is going for the Reds.
The Reds won game 1 on Monday 14-5.
The Cubs continue to struggle as expected after so many of their key players were traded away. They are definitely in rebuild mode.
With a record of 52-69 they are in 4th place of the National League Central. The Brewers lead them by 21 games.
Before this Cincinnati series, the Cubs got swept in 3 games against the Marlins. In that series, Chicago scored 15 runs and allowed 23 runs.
Justin Steele went 4 innings and allowed 2 earned runs on Monday.
At the time of writing this article, there has not been a starter named for the game on Wednesday.
This team has really struggled in the pitching department. They have an ERA of 4.64 which is 22nd best in the majors.
Their offense is scoring 4.16 runs per game which is 23rd best overall.
Chicago has hit 149 home runs which is 11th best in baseball.
The Reds got off a to a rough start this year, but they have been playing better as the year has gone. They have won 4 of their last 5 games.
They are in 2nd place of the National League Central with a record of 65-55. The Brewers lead them by 7.5 games.
Cincinnati won 2 out of 3 games against the Phillies this weekend. In those games, the Reds scored 14 runs and allowed 11 runs.
Wade Miley went 7 innings and did not allow an earned run on Monday.
Tyler Mahle has been impressive this year. He is 10-3 with a 3.58 ERA. His last start was against the Phillies where he went 7 innings and did not allow an earned run. Cincinnati won that game 6-1.
The pitching on this team has not been great. They have an ERA of 4.48 which is 19th best in the majors.
The offense is the best part of their game. They are scoring 5.12 runs per game which is 5th best in the league.
Cincinnati has hit 167 home runs which is 5th best overall.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Cubs are 20-41 in their last 61 road games.
- Cubs are 2-5 in their last 7 Wednesday games.
- Cubs are 7-19 in their last 26 games vs. the National League Central.
- Cubs are 14-42 in their last 56 games overall.
- Reds are 6-0 in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a losing record.
- Reds are 6-0 in their last 6 home games.
- Reds are 4-1 in their last 5 games overall.
- Reds are 18-6 in their last 24 during game 3 of a series.
Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds MLB Prediction:
The Reds have been playing well lately and I look for them to keep that up in this game. I have no confidence in the Cubs here given how they mailed the season in. Winning is not the main interest of the team at the moment.
Cincinnati is a much better team and I feel they will be too much for the Cubs to handle. If the Reds want to get a wild card they cannot afford to lose to the Cubs.
I look for Tyler Mahle to keep up his good pitching and for the Reds to hit around whoever starts for Chicago.
I like the Reds on the run line here.
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