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Cubs at Reds 5/15/19 - MLB Picks & Predictions

Posted on 14 May 2019 by David
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Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds

MLB: 6:40 PM EST

May. 15, 2019

Latest Odds : CIN -107 O/U 9.5

The Chicago Cubs play the second game of a three-game series on the road Wednesday against the Cincinnati Reds. The Cubs were off on Monday, but defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 4-1 on Sunday for their second straight win and fifth in their last six games. Jon Lester threw 6 2/3 workmanlike innings, while Kris Bryant belted a two-run home run to lead the Cubs to victory.

Cincinnati lost on Sunday to the San Francisco Giants 6-5 and was off on Tuesday. Reds starter Tyler Mahle gave up six hits and four runs over 6 1/3 innings and in eight starts this season is 0-5. Nick Senzel singled to knock in a Reds run, while Yasiel Puig homered and Jose Iglesias drove in two runs with a single.

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Javier Baez leads the Cubs in batting average at .323 and in home runs with 11, RBIs with 29 and hits with 52. Chicago is averaging .254 at the plate, while opposing hitters are averaging .229. On Wednesday, the Cubs will send Yu Darvish to the mound. The right-hander is 2-3 with an ERA of 5.40, 44 Ks and 33 BBs.

Jose Iglesias leads the Reds with a .288 batting average. Eugenio Suarez leads in home runs with 12, RBIs with 26 and hits with 38. Cincinnati is batting .216 while opponents are averaging .229. On Wednesday, the Reds will send Tanner Roark to the mound. The right-hander this season is 3-1 with an ERA of 3.27, 37 Ks and 19 BBs.

Recent Betting Trends:

Chicago is 7-1 in its last 8 on the road

The UNDER has cashed in each of the Cubs last 5 versus an National League opponent

Cincinnati is 4-1 in its last 5 at home versus the Cubs

The OVER has cashed in 7 of the Reds last 10

Free Betting Pick: Chicago Cubs -103

Chicago has played very well the last 16 days winning 12 of the last 14 overall. On the road, the Cubs have seen much success of late winning 7 of the last 8. The Cubs have opened a 2 1/2- game lead over second place Milwaukee atop the NL Central. In contrast, the Reds are just 5-5 in their last 10 overall, have lost 4 of the last 7 played at home and are in last place in the NL Central. Final Score Prediction, Chicago Cubs win 5-2.

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