Cincinnati Reds vs Chicago Cubs Prediction, 9/8/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Cincinnati Reds vs Chicago Cubs
Date: Tuesday, September 8, 2020
Location: Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL
Odds/Point Spread: Reds (+103) Cubs (-113)
Anthony Rizzo and the Chicago Cubs (23-18, 1st in NL Central) host the Cincinnati Reds (18-23, 4th in NL Central) at Wrigley Field on Tuesday. The Reds open this game at +103 while the Cubs are priced at -113. The total is set at 9. The pitchers taking the mound are Tyler Mahle and Alec Mills.
Key Cincinnati Reds Injuries
9/6/2020 Matt Bowman RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Sep 11
9/4/2020 Wade Miley SP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Sep 12
8/29/2020 Jesse Biddle RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Sep 8
8/28/2020 Nick Senzel CF Undisclosed Expected to be out until at least Sep 8
Key Chicago Cubs Injuries
9/7/2020 Jason Heyward RF Illness Expected to be out until at least Sep 8
9/7/2020 Tyler Chatwood SP Forearm Expected to be out until at least Sep 16
9/7/2020 Jose Quintana RP Lat Expected to be out until at least Sep 14
9/5/2020 Daniel Descalso 2B Ankle Expected to be out until at least Sep 15
9/4/2020 Andrew Chafin RP Finger Expected to be out until at least Sep 8
8/23/2020 James Norwood RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Sep 18
8/18/2020 Brad Wieck RP Hamstring Expected to be out until at least Sep 15
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Reds have a 18-23 overall record this season. Mahle (12-24 career mark) holds a FIP of 4.87 while he has faced 1,278 batters in the major leagues. His earned run average is 4.78 (155 earned runs allowed) and his career WHIP is 1.405. He has surrendered 300 hits (9.2 hits per 9 innings) with 110 free passes. Mahle has taken the hill for 292 innings and has racked up 288 strikeouts thus far in his career. The bullpen has an earned run average of 5.08 and they have given up 110 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .188 against the bullpen and they've struck out 167 hitters and walked 69 batters. As a team, Cincinnati allows 7.6 hits per nine innings while striking out 11 batters per nine innings. They are 11th in the league in team earned run average at 4.24. The Reds pitchers collectively have given up 286 base hits and 160 earned runs. They have allowed 51 home runs this season, ranking them 17th in the league. Cincinnati as a pitching staff has walked 155 batters and struck out 415. They have walked 4.1 men per 9 innings while striking out 11 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.30 and their FIP as a unit is 4.21.
As a team Cincinnati is hitting .211, good for 30th in the league. The Reds hold a .409 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .312, which is good for 23rd in baseball. They rank 30th in MLB with 6.5 hits per game. Jesse Winker is hitting .293 with an on-base percentage of .410. He has 34 hits this season in 116 at bats with 18 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .603 and an OPS+ of 161. Joey Votto is hitting .230 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .347. He has totaled 28 hits and he has driven in 12 men in 122 at bats. His OPS+ is 100 while his slugging percentage is at .418. The Reds have 265 hits, including 52 doubles and 64 home runs. Cincinnati has walked 162 times so far this season and they have struck out 345 times as a unit. They have left 256 men on base and have a team OPS of .721. They score 3.93 runs per contest and have scored a total of 161 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Chicago has a 23-18 overall mark this year. Mills (4-4 career win-loss record) is the owner of a 4.49 ERA while conceding 7.6 hits per nine innings. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.79 and he has faced 400 hitters thus far in his career. In his career, Mills has allowed 80 hits while he has totaled 95 strikeouts in 94 innings pitched. He has surrendered a total of 47 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.209 and a FIP of 4.5. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.79 and they have given up 117 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .194 against the Cubs bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 163 batters and walked 73 opposing hitters. As a team, Chicago allows 8.2 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.2 batters per nine innings. They are 14th in the league in team earned run average at 4.47. The Cubs pitchers as a team have surrendered 321 base knocks and 174 earned runs this season. They have given up 55 home runs this year, which ranks 12th in Major League Baseball. Chicago as a staff has walked 128 hitters and struck out 359 batters. They give up a walk 3.3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9.2 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.28 while their FIP as a staff is 4.35.
As a team, they are batting .229, good for 24th in the league. The Cubs hold a .416 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .327, which is good for 13th in baseball. They rank 27th in MLB with 7.3 hits per contest. Anthony Rizzo comes into this matchup batting .223 with an OBP of .355. He has 31 hits this year along with 18 RBI in 139 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .446 with an OPS+ of 115. Ian Happ is hitting .301 this season and he has an OBP of .408. He has collected 40 hits in 133 at bats while driving in 24 runs. He has an OPS+ of 180 and a slugging percentage of .654. The Cubs as a unit have 298 base hits, including 59 doubles and 59 homers. Chicago has walked 164 times this year and they have struck out on 394 occasions. They have had 279 men left on base and have an OPS of .743. They have scored 4.61 runs per game and totaled 189 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Reds/Cubs MLB game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Reds (+103)
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