Cincinnati Reds at Chicago Cubs 9/15/2018 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Saturday, September 15, 2018
Get todays MLB odds and lines on this game.
Probable Pitchers: Cody Reed vs. Jon Lester
Wrigley Field is the site of the matchup between the Cincinnati Reds and the Chicago Cubs on Saturday, September 15, 2018. The probable starting pitchers are Cody Reed for the Reds and Jon Lester for the Cubs.
Cincinnati opens at +216 while Chicago opens at -235. The Reds have a 76-65-6 over/under record and a 82-65-0 run line mark. The Cubs are 74-72-0 against the run line and have a 66-78-2 over/under record.
Valuable Cincinnati Reds Betting Trends
The Cincinnati Reds are 76-65-6 against the over/under
The Cincinnati Reds are 82-65-0 against the run line
Important Chicago Cubs Betting Trends
The Chicago Cubs are 66-78-2 against the over/under
The Chicago Cubs are 74-72-0 against the run line
Key Cincinnati Reds Injuries
08/30/18 P Robert Stephenson Shoulder 10-day DL (08/27)
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)
03/26/18 P Rookie Davis Hip 60-day DL (03/02)
Key Chicago Cubs Injuries
09/13/18 LF Kyle Schwarber Back is questionable Friday vs Cincinnati Reds
09/11/18 P Jon Lester Back is upgraded to probable for next scheduled start
09/06/18 RF Mark Zagunis Shoulder 60-day DL (09/04)
09/01/18 RF Jason Heyward Abdominal 10-day DL (08/31)
08/30/18 C Bobby Wilson Ankle 10-day DL (08/24)
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 63-84 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Cody Reed has a 0-2 record with an earned run average of 5.08 and a WHIP of 1.52 this year. He has 24 strikeouts over his 28.1 innings pitched and he's given up 32 hits. He's allowed 10.2 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.92. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.20 and they have given up 541 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .253 against the bullpen and they've struck out 488 hitters and walked 234 batters. As a team, Cincinnati allows 9.4 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.8 batters per nine innings. They are 24th in the league in team earned run average at 4.75. The Reds pitchers collectively have given up 1,374 base hits and 692 earned runs. They have allowed 214 home runs this season, ranking them 1st in the league. Cincinnati as a pitching staff has walked 498 batters and struck out 1,143. They have walked 3.4 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.8 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.43 and their FIP as a unit is 4.75.
As a team Cincinnati is hitting .259, good for 4th in the league. The Reds hold a .409 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .333, which is good for 3rd in baseball. They rank 4th in MLB with 8.9 hits per game. Scooter Gennett is hitting .321 with an on-base percentage of .367. He has 173 hits this season in 539 at bats with 88 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .505 and an OPS+ of 132. Jose Peraza is hitting .293 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .332. He has totaled 168 hits and he has driven in 53 men in 574 at bats. His OPS+ is 100 while his slugging percentage is at .416. The Reds have 1,306 hits, including 239 doubles and 158 home runs. Cincinnati has walked 519 times so far this season and they have struck out 1,237 times as a unit. They have left 1,078 men on base and have a team OPS of .743. They score 4.54 runs per contest and have scored a total of 668 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Chicago has a 85-61 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 3.57, Jon Lester has a 15-6 record and a 1.34 WHIP this season. He has 133 strikeouts over the 163.2 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 161 hits. He allows 8.9 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.53. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.35 and they have given up 447 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .223 against the Cubs bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 515 batters and walked 249 opposing hitters. As a team, Chicago allows 8 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.1 batters per nine innings. They are 7th in the league in team earned run average at 3.7. The Cubs pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,184 base knocks and 544 earned runs this season. They have given up 140 home runs this year, which ranks 26th in Major League Baseball. Chicago as a staff has walked 578 hitters and struck out 1,192 batters. They give up a walk 3.9 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 4.17.
As a team, they are batting .261, good for 2nd in the league. The Cubs hold a .416 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .337, which is good for 2nd in baseball. They rank 2nd in MLB with 9.0 hits per contest. Javier Baez comes into this matchup batting .295 with an OBP of .330. He has 160 hits this year along with 103 RBI in 542 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .568 with an OPS+ of 129. Anthony Rizzo is hitting .278 this season and he has an OBP of .374. He has collected 142 hits in 510 at bats while driving in 92 runs. He has an OPS+ of 120 and a slugging percentage of .473. The Cubs as a unit have 1,320 base hits, including 261 doubles and 154 homers. Chicago has walked 526 times this year and they have struck out on 1,246 occasions. They have had 1,110 men left on base and have an OPS of .753. They have scored 4.75 runs per game and totaled 693 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Reds/Cubs MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Reds +216
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