Betting Pick: Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds

Betting Pick: Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds

The Chicago Cubs and the Cincinnati Reds will continue a three-game NL Central series Wednesday night from the Great American Ball Park. The Cubs will send 32-year old right-hander Yu Darvish to the hill, and the Reds will give the call to 29-year old right-hander Sonny Gray. The Cubs went 11-8 against the Reds last season.

The Cubs will have Yu Darvish on the hill for the ninth time of the year. Darvish worked out of trouble in his latest outing, issuing six walks to a weak Marlins lineup, although he limited them to just one run in four innings. The seventh-year right-hander is having big issues with his command this season, walking a total of 33 batters, and he enters this one with a weak 5.40 ERA and a 1.72 WHIP to go with a 2-3 record in 36.2 innings of work. He has shut down the Reds bats in his three career meetings, holding them to six runs (four earned) in 18.2 innings. Joey Votto is 2 for 7 against Darvish, while Eugenio Suarez is 0 for 4, and Derek Dietrich is 2 for 4.

The Cubs stand third in the Major Leagues with an average of 5.42 runs per game. The Chicago pitching staff holds a stellar 3.44 team ERA, good for third in all of baseball. The Cubs own a 9-8 road record entering Tuesday’s action.

Sonny Gray will be on the mound for the ninth time of the year in this one. Gray didn’t have his best stuff in his latest start, conceding four runs (three earned) in 4.1 innings against the Athletics, resulting in a no-decision in a 5-4 Reds loss. The veteran right-hander is pitching reasonably well, however, he is not pitching deep into games, and he owns an 0-4 record and a 4.15 ERA to go with a strong 1.21 WHIP in 39 innings of work on the season. Gray held the Cubs to only two runs in five innings in his lone career meeting back in the 2016 season.

The Reds are swinging the bats well, and they stand 22nd overall with an average of 4.17 runs per game on the season. The Cincinnati pitching staff has been a surprise, recording a 3.36 team ERA, placing them second in all of baseball. The Reds are 9-8 on their home field entering Tuesday.

My free pick goes to Chicago -115

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