Chicago Cubs at Cincinnati Reds 7/7/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Josh Schonwald - 7/6/2014
Monday, July 7, 2014, 7:10 PM on CSCh, FSOH
Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, Ohio
Chicago Cubs - Jackson, E (5-8) vs. Cincinnati Reds - Leake, M (6-7)
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Monday night, Edwin Jackson takes the mound for the Chicago Cubs as they take on Mike Leake and the Cincinnati Reds. Both pitchers will be taking their 18 th trips of the season to the mound.
Edwin Jackson missed getting the decision in his last start and that held his record at 5 - 8 with a 4.99 ERA. In that outing, Jackson surrendered just a run on 6 hits in 6 innings as he walked 4 and struck out 3. But he had to throw 103 pitches to get through 6 innings and that keeps him from pitching longer in his starts. Last season, Jackson went 8 - 18 with a 4.98 ERA in 31 starts.
In 2013, Jackson was 1 - 1 with a 3.75 ERA in 2 starts against the Reds. This season, he has started 3 games against the Reds and is 2 - 1 with the loss coming in his last start against the Reds.
Mike Leake saw his record fall to 6 - 7 with a 3.47 ERA after taking the loss his last time out. In that start, Leake went 5.2 innings and allowed 3 runs on 11 hits (including a homer). The 11 hits were a season-high for Leake but they didn't lead to as many runs as they could have. In 2013, Leake was 14 - 7 with a 3.37 ERA in 31 starts.
Last season, Leake was 3 - 0 with a 1.71 ERA in 4 starts against the Cubs. But he will have to watch out for Starlin Castro. Castro is batting .325 against Leake with 6 RBIs.
Chicago Cubs Betting Trends
Chicago Cubs are 41-38-4 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Chicago Cubs is 0
Cincinnati Reds Betting Trends
Cincinnati Reds are 38-43-3 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Cincinnati Reds is 0.1
Injuries to Watch
06/13/14 2B Emilio Bonifacio Ribs 15-day DL (6/13)
03/31/14 P James McDonald Shoulder 60-day DL (2/23)
03/28/14 P Kyuji Fujikawa Elbow 60-day DL (3/21)
06/21/14 P Trevor Bell Elbow 60-day DL (4/08)
06/14/14 P Sean Marshall Shoulder 60-day DL (6/13)
03/28/14 3B Jack Hannahan Shoulder 60-day DL (3/30)
Josh's Pick: Take Cincinnati
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