By: Jay Patel
The Reds handed the struggling Cubs another narrow loss, defeating Chicago 6-5 in the first game of a four-game series. The Cubbies have not been playing like they did at the beginning of the season, with the starting rotation giving up more runs than usual. Additionally, the offense has been stagnant, with many players in slumps. With a Yu Darvish vs. Trevor Bauer pitching matchup tonight, the Cubs bats will have a tough test ahead of them.
Run Line: CHC (+1.5) CIN (-1.5)
Money Line: CHC (-109) CIN (-101)
First Pitch: 3:10 PM CT
Another late rally for the Cubs fell just short yesterday after homers by Willson Contreras and Jason Heyward in the 9th inning. Kyle Schwarber and Anthony Rizzo also homered in the game. The middle of the Cubs lineup hasn’t produced as much as they can, but hopefully the home runs are a sign of things to come.
On the pitching side, Kyle Hendricks got knocked around, giving up 10 hits and five earned runs while striking out six. His ERA climbed to over four on the season. The starting rotation has faltered a little as of late, but hopefully ace Yu Darvish (1.70 ERA) can get the Cubs pitching staff back on track.
Behind Tyler Mahle (6.2 IP, two earned runs, 11 strikeouts), the Reds managed to narrowly defeat the Cubs. The bullpen almost blew it, but Raisel Iglsias was able to seal the save. The Reds starters have been some of the best in baseball, and they send team ace Trevor Bauer (1.65 ERA) to the mound today.
Eugenio Suarez led the offense with three RBIs as he looks to find his form, hitting only .190 on the season. Jesse Winker continues his tear, hitting another home run last night. He’s now hitting .341 on the season.
Preview and Best Bet
The Cubs are in a funk, but still hold a 3.0 game lead in the NL Central. However, they must win games against division foes. Today, they will play two games against the Reds, and the first one won’t be so easy against Trevor Bauer. However, I believe Yu Darvish will outduel Bauer, while the Cubs offense provides just enough to secure a much-needed win. I’ll take the Cubs on the money line at -109 for one unit.