Cincinnati Reds at Chicago Cubs 8/26/2018 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Sunday, August 26, 2018
Get todays MLB odds and lines on this game.
Probable Pitchers: Homer Bailey vs. Kyle Hendricks
The Cincinnati Reds visit Wrigley Field on Sunday, August 26, 2018 to play the Chicago Cubs. The probable starters are Homer Bailey for the Reds and Kyle Hendricks for the Cubs.
The opening line for this matchup has Cincinnati at +229 and Chicago at -250. The Reds have a 66-58-5 over/under record and a 72-57-0 run line mark. The Cubs are 64-63-0 against the run line and have a 56-69-2 over/under record.
Valuable Cincinnati Reds Betting Trends
The Cincinnati Reds are 66-58-5 against the over/under
The Cincinnati Reds are 72-57-0 against the run line
Important Chicago Cubs Betting Trends
The Chicago Cubs are 56-69-2 against the over/under
The Chicago Cubs are 64-63-0 against the run line
Key Cincinnati Reds Injuries
08/17/18 1B Joey Votto Leg 10-day DL (08/16)
07/26/18 LF Jesse Winker Shoulder 60-day DL (07/26)
07/25/18 C Tyler Stephenson Knee 10-day DL (07/23)
07/21/18 2B Alex Blandino Knee 60-day DL (07/21)
07/19/18 LF Scott Schebler Shoulder 10-day DL (07/15)
03/26/18 P Rookie Davis Hip 60-day DL (03/02)
Key Chicago Cubs Injuries
08/24/18 RF Jason Heyward Ankle is questionable Saturday vs Cincinnati Reds
08/23/18 P Tyler Chatwood Hip 10-day DL (08/23)
08/22/18 SS Addison Russell Shoulder 10-day DL (08/20)
08/17/18 P Mike Montgomery Shoulder 10-day DL (08/14)
08/03/18 P Brian Duensing Shoulder 10-day DL (08/03)
07/26/18 3B Kris Bryant Shoulder 10-day DL (07/24)
07/21/18 P Anthony Bass Back 10-day DL (07/21)
07/19/18 P Brandon Morrow Biceps 10-day DL (07/18)
06/27/18 P Justin Hancock Shoulder 60-day DL (06/26)
06/24/18 P Rob Zastryzny Back 10-day DL (06/24)
05/26/18 P Yu Darvish Triceps 60-day DL (05/23)
03/26/18 P Drew Smyly Elbow 60-day DL (02/16)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Reds have a 56-73 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Homer Bailey has a 1-11 record with an earned run average of 6.21 and a WHIP of 1.62 this season. He has 64 strikeouts over his 91.1 innings pitched and he's given up 118 hits. He's allowed 11.6 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 5.65. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.14 and they have given up 474 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .254 against the bullpen and they've struck out 421 hitters and walked 199 batters. As a team, Cincinnati allows 9.3 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.7 batters per nine innings. They are 24th in the league in team earned run average at 4.7. The Reds pitchers collectively have given up 1,198 base hits and 602 earned runs. They have allowed 183 home runs this season, ranking them 1st in the league. Cincinnati as a pitching staff has walked 437 batters and struck out 984. They have walked 3.4 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.7 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.42 and their FIP as a unit is 4.72.
As a team Cincinnati is hitting .257, good for 5th in the league. The Reds hold a .403 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .333, which is good for 3rd in baseball. They rank 5th in MLB with 8.8 hits per game. Jose Peraza is hitting .291 with an on-base percentage of .333. He has 146 hits this season in 501 at bats with 42 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .407 and an OPS+ of 99. Scooter Gennett is hitting .310 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .358. He has totaled 147 hits and he has driven in 75 men in 474 at bats. His OPS+ is 126 while his slugging percentage is at .489. The Reds have 1,139 hits, including 211 doubles and 132 home runs. Cincinnati has walked 464 times so far this season and they have struck out 1,079 times as a unit. They have left 959 men on base and have a team OPS of .736. They score 4.48 runs per contest and have scored a total of 578 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Chicago has a 74-53 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 4.04, Kyle Hendricks has a 9-10 record and a 1.24 WHIP. He has 126 strikeouts over the 151.2 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 151 hits. He's allowing 9 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.08. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.18 and they have given up 377 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .219 against the Cubs bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 453 batters and walked 215 opposing hitters. As a team, Chicago allows 8 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.1 batters per nine innings. They are 6th in the league in team earned run average at 3.69. The Cubs pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,024 base knocks and 473 earned runs this season. They have given up 128 home runs this year, which ranks 25th in Major League Baseball. Chicago as a staff has walked 508 hitters and struck out 1,035 batters. They give up a walk 4 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.1 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.33 while their FIP as a staff is 4.25.
As a team, they are batting .262, good for 2nd in the league. The Cubs hold a .419 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .340, which is good for 1st in baseball. They rank 2nd in MLB with 9.1 hits per contest. Anthony Rizzo comes into this matchup batting .268 with an OBP of .366. He has 118 hits this year along with 83 RBI in 440 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .459 with an OPS+ of 114. Javier Baez is hitting .295 this season and he has an OBP of .327. He has collected 139 hits in 471 at bats while driving in 94 runs. He has an OPS+ of 129 and a slugging percentage of .573. The Cubs as a unit have 1,156 base hits, including 227 doubles and 136 homers. Chicago has walked 474 times this year and they have struck out on 1,061 occasions. They have had 984 men left on base and have an OPS of .759. They have scored 4.78 runs per game and totaled 607 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Reds/Cubs MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Cubs -250
Get $60 worth of FREE premium member picks. No Obligation. No Salesman. No Credit Card. Fast Sign up with Instant Access Click Here
Read more articles by Guy Bruhn
Get all of Today's MLB Picks
Get all of Today's Guaranteed Expert MLB Picks