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2021 MLB Handicapping
(53-49) Cincinnati Reds vs. Chicago Cubs (50-53)
Date: Thursday, July 29th, 2021
Time: 2:20 PM ET
Venue: Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois
Projected Pitchers: Luis Castillo (CIN) vs. Alec Mills (CHI)
MLB Moneyline Odds: Reds -120 | Cubs +110
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Cubs -1.5 (+120)
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: O/U 7.5
The Cincinnati Reds take on the Chicago Cubs in the opening game of their four-game series on Thursday night from Wrigley Field.
The Reds are in 2nd place in the NL Central but the gap between them and the 4th place Cubs is slim. Cincinnati is 6.5 games behind the division leading Brewers while Chicago is 9 games back.
Joey Votto homored twice and extended his long ball streak to 4 straight games as the Reds won 7-4 on Tuesday night.
Joey Votto had a multi-HR game for the second day in a row, his 7th HR in 5 straight games, as he set a Reds record as Cincinnati beat Chicago 8-2.
The Reds are coming off a nice series win over the Cardinals during the weekend to remain in a position to make a move on the Brewers. They sit 6.5 games back but with two months to play, the sky seems to be the limit for this offense.
Cincinnati continues to be without Mike Moustakas and Nick Senzel, while the larger issue is the status of Nick Castellanos. The teams best hitter was placed on the 10-day DL with right wrist fracture.
Castellanos is a big miss in the lineup, as he’s been a leader not just in the clubhouse, but in baseball as a whole. He leads the team with a league best .329 average, 59 RBI, and 111 hits, as well as 2nd on the team with 18 home runs.
Chicago continues to tread water in the division but will need to get it together soon if they want any chance to make the playoffs.
Chicago has been hurt most by ranking 27th in baseball in batting average and 29th in hits per game and the consistency just hasn’t been there on a daily basis. Despite the poor hitting they sit in 20th in scoring thanks to the league 10th best home run rate.
Javier Baez and Kris Bryant split leading the team in major offensive categories. Bryant has been more efficient at the plate (.266 avg, .853 OPS, and 84 hits) while Baez has been more of the slugger (22 HR’s, 64 RBI’s).
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Reds are 53-49 overall
- Reds are 27-23 on the road
- Cubs are 50-53 overall
- Cubs are 31-20 at home
Free Cincinnati Reds vs. Chicago Cubs MLB Prediction:
While many see Castellanos as too big of a miss for any team to overcome, the Reds have one of the deepest offenses in baseball.
Joey Votto has been on an absolute tear, homering for the 7th time in his 5th straight game. He has set a Reds franchise record and he’ll try to build on that tonight.
Take the Reds to win a close game on Thursday in the series finale.
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