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2021 MLB Handicapping
(74-66) Cincinnati Reds vs. Chicago Cubs (64-76)
Date: Wednesday, September 8th
Time: 7:40 PM ET
Venue: Wrigley Field, Chicago Illinois
Projected Pitchers: Vladimir Gutierrez vs. Alec Mills
MLB Moneyline Odds: Reds -135 | Cubs +115
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: OFF
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: OFF
The Reds and Cubs play the rubber match of their three game series on Wednesday night at Wrigley Field, Both teams have tallied a 4-3 win the past two nights, with Cincinnati breaking Chicago’s 7 game win streak with a victory on Tuesday.
Does Chicago get back in the winning groove or do the Reds realize what an incredible opportunity this is as they try to track down the 2nd wild card spot in the NL. With Tuesday’s win Cincinnati has now pulled into a tie with the Padres for that 2nd postseason position.
The Reds got things going early in Tuesday night’s win, with Jonathan India leading off the game with a HR while Nick Castellanos did the same two batters later. Cincinnati tacked on a couple of insurance runs in the 8th to avenge Monday’s loss where they gave up the go ahead run in the 8th.
The real star of Tuesday’s victory was Wade Miley who went 7 strong innings giving up just 1 ER. Now Cincinnati needs Vladimir Gutierrez to follow suit in Wednesday night’s start, but the team has lost 3 of his last 4 outings.
Gutierrez has only last 6-1/3 innings total over his last two starts, and he’s allowed 3 HRs and 8 ER over that span. The line is a bit late being released for this game, partly because there’s a 12 MPH wind expected to be blowing out to right field. That’s not the forecast Gutierrez needs.
The Reds starter has had three successful outings against the Cubs this year, holding Chicago to 2 ER or less in each of them. He’s got a 2.55 ERA in those three outings, but surprising is just 1-2 vs. the North Siders this season.
The Cubs try to get back on the winning track on Wednesday after having a 7 game win streak snapped with Tuesday’s loss. While it was a nice streak for Chicago, the victories also came against the Twins (2) and the Pirates (4), who are both last place teams.
Chicago did get a 4-3 win over these Reds in Monday’s series opener thanks to another big game from Frank Schwindel and a 3-run HR from Ian Happ. Schwindel was 0 for 4 on Tuesday but is still hitting .433 over the past week. Happ went 3 for 4 on Tuesday, boosting his average to .452 over the last week.
It’s Alec Mills up in the rotation for Chicago, and they’ve won his last two starts. The right-hander is finding himself down the stretch, allowing just 2 ER over his last two starts which includes going 8.1 IP with 0 ER allowed against the White Sox on August 28th.
Mills has gone 0-2 with a 5.68 ERA in three outings vs. the Reds this season. He gave up 3 ER over 6.0 innings at Wrigley Field on July 29th in what ended up being a 7-4 Cincinnati win.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Reds are 3-7 last 10 overall
- Reds are 2-5 last 7 as a road favorite
- Reds are 9-4 last 13 head to head meetings
- Cubs are 1-4 last 5 head to head in Chicago
- Cubs are 7-1 last 8 overall
- Cubs are 3-13 last 16 as a home underdog
Free Cincinnati Reds vs. Chicago Cubs MLB Prediction:
Wednesday night’s meeting is a tough one to call. The Reds have somehow managed to stay in the wild card race despite being 3-7 over their last 10 games and definitely need this win more.
That being said Mills has pitched well recently and there might not be any hitters in baseball hotter than the Cubs combo of Schwindel and Happ.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Cubs +115
Chicago has played with momentum as of late, and there’s even been some energy at Wrigley Field even though the team is long out of the postseason discussion.
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