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Cubs at Reds 5/16/19 - MLB Picks & Predictions

Posted on 15 May 2019 by David
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Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds

MLB: 6:40 PM EST

May. 16, 2019

Latest Odds : CIN -125 O/U 8.5

The Chicago Cubs conclude a three-game series on the road Thursday against the Cincinnati Reds. The Cubs won their third straight on Tuesday with a 3-1 win over the Reds in the series opener. Kyle Hendricks banged out three hits including a double that knocked in two runs and pitched eight-plus innings to earn the win while helping out his own cause at the plate.

The loss was Cincinnati’s second straight. The Reds only had three hits off Cubs starter Hendricks. Cincinnati collected two singles and a fourth inning Joey Votto home run. Over the past five seasons, the Reds are 25-52 versus the Cubs. Cincy has the National League’s worst batting average as a team at .214 and were no-hit last week by Mike Fiers.

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Javier Baez leads the Cubs in batting average at .325 and in home runs with 11, RBIs with 29 and hits with 54. Chicago is averaging .255 at the plate, while opposing hitters are averaging .226. On Thursday the Cubs will send Jose Quintana to the mound. The lefthander is 4-2 with an ERA of 3.50, 46 Ks and 14 BBs.

Jose Iglesias leads the Reds with a .289 batting average. Eugenio Suarez leads in home runs with 12, RBIs with 26 and hits with 38. Cincinnati is batting .214 while opponents are averaging .231. On Thursday, the Reds will send Luis Castillo to the mound. The right-hander is 4-1 with an ERA of 1.76, 70 Ks and 24 BBs.

Recent Betting Trends:

Chicago is 5-0 in its last 5 on the road

The UNDER has cashed in each of the Cubs last 6

Cincinnati is 4-1 in Castillo’s last 5 starts on Thursday

The UNDER has cashed in each of the Reds last 11 on Thursday

Free Betting Pick: UNDER 8.5

Take the UNDER in this matchup of National League Central rivals. The UNDER has cashed in each of the last 5 meetings. The UNDER has cashed in 4 of the Reds last 5 at home versus an opponent with a winning record on the road and 13 of Cincy’s last 16 versus a left-handed starter. In addition, the UNDER has cashed in 12 of Castillo’s last 14 starts overall for the Reds. Final Score Prediction, Cincinnati Reds win, but our best play is UNDER 4-2.

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