Cincinnati Reds at Chicago Cubs 5/24/19 MLB Pick




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Cincinnati Reds at Chicago Cubs 5/24/19 MLB Pick

The NL Central has been as competitive as it has been all year and what is impressive if you are a Reds fan is the team is only 5 games under the five hundred mark and not the worst team in the majors this season. However, for the Chicago Cubs, the team has been impressive with the way they have played on the year and with that has come the fact the Cubs are projected to be one of the teams that has the potential to win the NL Central. Overall, the Reds have a record that sits at 22-27 on the year with a 10-16 away record on the season. For the Cubs, they have a 29-18 record overall and at home have been very difficult to beat with a 17-7 home record.




Cincinnati Reds Preview

The Reds offense has been very weak on the season with a .219 average on the season. The Reds have been able to score a total of only 201 runs on the year. On the season the Reds have been able to get a total of 355 hits and 68 homers. Eugenio Suarez leads the Reds in run production with 13 homers and 31 RBIs. The leading hitter for the Reds is Jose Iglesias who has been hitting at a clip of .303.

With the pitching the Reds have a team ERA of 3.50 and have walked 162 batters. The Reds as a team have allowed the opponent to hit at a clip of .230 and struck out a total of 481 batters. Anthony DeSclafani is heading to the mound for the Reds in this game. He has posted a 2-2 record and has a 4.60 EA with a 1.24 WHIP. He has thrown only 45 innings with 50 strikeouts, but has allowed 42 hits with 50 strikeouts. DeSclafani has walked 14 batters and allowed 10 long balls on the season.

Chicago Cubs Preview

The Cubs are hitting at a clip of .257 and have scored a total of 253 runs this year. The Cubs have been able to get a total of 414 hits and managed to park 72 balls into the stands. Anthony Rizzo is the run producer for the Cubs with a total of 12 homers and 34 runs driven home this year. When it comes to hitting, the Cubs have relied on Javier Baez who has hit at a clip of .323 this year.

When it comes to pitching the Cubs have ended up getting a team ERA of 3.59 on the season. The Cubs have allowed the opponent to hit at a clip of .238 on the season. The Cubs have walked a total of 186 batters and struck out 422 batters. Kyle Hendricks is the pitcher the Cubs are handing the ball over to in this game. Hendricks has  4-4 record with a 3.21 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP. Hendricks has ended up getting a total of 56 innings with 45 strikeouts. He has given up 55 hits with a total of 11 walks, but has only surrendered 5 homers.

Cincinnati Reds at Chicago Cubs Line: Chicago Cubs -161 O/U is off.

My FREE MLB Pick: Chicago Cubs

The Cubs are playing at home and that will definitely give the Cubs an advantage to be in the friendly confines of Wrigley Field. However, the Reds pitching staff with DeSclafani on the mound has been doing really well, but the downside is the Reds hitting has been sketchy and even after getting a big offensive game against the Brewers, the Reds are due for a let down in this game and that will happen here as the Chicago Cubs are able to contain the Reds offense rather easily to bring home a win. I look for the score to go in favor of the Cubs in this game 6-2.

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