Cincinnati Reds vs Chicago Cubs Prediction, 9/8/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Cincinnati Reds vs Chicago Cubs
Date: Wednesday, September 8, 2021
Location: Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL
TV: Marquee Sports Network
Odds/Point Spread: Cincinnati (-132) Chicago (+105)
Alec Mills and the Chicago Cubs (64-75, 4th in NL Central) play the Cincinnati Reds (73-66, 2nd in NL Central) at Wrigley Field on Wednesday. The moneyline on this game has the Reds priced at -132 and the Cubs are at +105. The total is set at 8. The men taking the mound are Vladimir Gutierrez and Alec Mills.
The Reds have earned 253 doubles as a unit and have hit 189 baseballs out of the park. Cincinnati has a slugging percentage of .431 and have been rung up 1,252 times, while being walked on 479 occasions. As a squad, the Cincinnati Reds are scoring 5.0 runs per contest, which has them at 7th in baseball. They have amassed 660 runs batted in as well as 1,165 hits so far this year, while their average at the plate sits at .250. They have accounted for 688 runs scored and have an OBP of .330.
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The Reds hold a team ERA of 4.40 so far this year (19th in the league), and the staff has struck out 1,310 hitters. They have accrued a K/BB ratio of 2.43 and the pitching staff has a collective WHIP of 1.36. Reds pitchers have given up 177 home runs and also 655 total runs (19th in MLB). They have walked 540 opposing players and their FIP comes in at 4.36 as a squad so far this season.
The Reds have sent 494 relief pitchers to the hill so far this season. The relief pitchers have inherited 219 base runners on the season with 39.3% of those runners crossed home plate. They have recorded 37 saves on the campaign and have blown 25 of 62 chances to get a save. The Reds bullpen have earned a save percentage of 59.7% and has stepped onto the mound in 129 save situations. The relief pitchers have earned 65 holds for the year (16th in MLB). Reds relief pitchers have entered the game with runners on base 144 times as well as having 163 appearances in high leverage situations.
The Cincinnati Reds have earned 3,698 putouts over the course of the season, as well as 1,212 assists and 75 errors. Their fielding percentage is at .985 which has them ranked 14th in professional baseball, and they have twisted 903 double plays. The Reds have turned 68.9% of baseballs in play into outs in their 11,094 innings, ranking them 23rd in pro baseball.
Gutierrez (9-6 win-loss record in his career) holds a FIP of 5.07 while he has faced 424 opposing hitters during his time in the majors. He has surrendered 96 hits (8.7 hits per nine innings) and has 36 walks. His ERA is 4.17 (46 earned runs allowed) and he has a career WHIP of 1.329. Gutierrez has thrown 99 innings and has earned 76 K's during his pro baseball career.
The Cubs have a team slugging % of .403 and they are scoring 4.31 runs per game (21st in the league). They have 187 two-baggers, while taking a walk 418 times and racking up 599 runs. Chicago has recorded 181 home runs so far this year as well as 568 RBIs. They have struck out on 1,372 occasions (1st in MLB) and have accounted for 1,058 base hits. The Chicago Cubs have recorded an OBP of .307 as well as a batting average of .233 this year.
The Cubs have a team WHIP of 1.377 in addition to having a FIP of 4.79 as a unit on the season. They are sitting at 22nd in MLB as a staff in total hits conceded with 1,167. The Chicago pitching staff have surrendered 696 runs on the year while having an ERA of 4.67 (630 earned runs given up). Their K/BB ratio is 2.35 (1,188 strikeouts against 506 bases on balls). They have given up 198 home runs and they yield 5.16 runs per 9 innings (25th in the league).
Sitting with 118 save situations, the Cubs have amassed 68 holds and 13 blown saves. Chicago has had relief pitchers enter the contest in 49 save opportunities and they have tallied 36 saves. Their relief pitchers have come in 145 times in high leverage situations in addition to 146 occasions with runners on base. Chicago bullpen pitchers hold an inherited score percentage of 33.9% out of their 236 inherited base runners. They rank 1st in baseball with a save percentage of 73.5%, and they have sent 514 relief pitchers onto the diamond this season.
The Chicago Cubs have turned 115 double plays and own a fielding percentage of .985 (11th in professional baseball). The Cubs have racked up 1,330 assists, 74 errors and have a total of 3,646 putouts so far this year. In their 10,938 innings played, the Cubs have a defensive efficiency of 69.5% (19th in pro baseball).
Mills (12-12 win-loss record in his career) has earned a 4.19 ERA while surrendering 8.7 hits per 9 innings. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.78 and he has faced 910 opposing batters in his MLB career. He has given up 100 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.274 and a FIP of 4.4. So far in his pro baseball career, Mills has surrendered 207 base hits while accumulating 186 strikeouts in 215 innings pitched.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Cincinnati (-132)
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