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Reds vs. Cubs MLB Pick – August 23rd

The Chicago Cubs wrapped up their six-game road trip on a high note with an 8-2 win over the Detroit Tigers. With the Tigers rallying in the bottom of the 8th, the Tigers turned a 4-1 game into 4-2 but that was as close as they would get. The Cubs opened things up with a 4-run inning in the 9th and it was goodnight time for the Tigers. The Cubs needed the offense to come through for them after being stagnant for about a week.

Perhaps it will be the start of something for the Cubs’ offense. With nothing a guarantee at this point, they’re going to need a strong September to close out the National League Central. They have the Cardinals flying up the board behind them and can’t afford to relax too much down the stretch. It was the Cubs first win in four games.

They lost a couple against the Pirates and then arrived in Detroit on Tuesday to another loss. Jon Lester was sharp as a tack and held the Tigers in check all night. The Cubs have seen some good stuff from Lester after hitting a rut for a few games. They’ll undoubtedly need a strong Lester in October. It may have been for the best that he got his worst out of the way already.

They don’t need him getting cold at the end of September. Cole Hamels has been a tremendous acquisition for the Cubs. He has been flawless on the bump and makes the loss of Yu Darvish hurt a little less. The Cubs were preparing for the news that Darvish was going to be gone for the year and hope to have found gold in Hamels. He will get the call against the Reds, as Cincinnati is slated to go with Anthony DeSclafani. The Cubs are looking to keep it rolling after finding a groove in Detroit yesterday. Get our free Reds vs. Cubs pick and writeup below.

Cincinnati Reds vs. Chicago Cubs Pick

Anthony DeSclafani (6-3, 4.12 ERA) vs. Cole Hamels (8-9, 4.00 ERA)

Cole Hamels has to be loving this in Chicago. His wish was granted as he went from a losing situation in Texas to Chicago where he will have a chance to win a World Series with the Cubs. A lot of work left, though, and they still have to fend off the Cardinals who are now 2.5 behind the Cubs. Nevertheless, Hamels has been holding his end of the bargain thus far. He owns an overall ERA of 4.00 between his time with the Rangers and Cubs. However, since joining the Cubs, Hamels has boasted a terrific ERA 0.72 and 0.88 WHIP in four outings. Across 25 innings of work with the Cubs, he has surrendered only 2 runs. Note that he has yet to allow a long ball.

The Reds have hit snake eyes against Hamels in his career. They are hitting just .173 with only 1 RBI in 52 at-bats. The guy with that one RBI is Joey Votto who is out of the lineup. Hamels also hasn’t given up a homer to the Reds during this span. Conversely, the Cubs are hitting .274 with a .322 OBP in 106 at-bats vs Anthony DeSclafani. They’ve also hit 4 long balls against DeSclafani. There is no denying that he has been hot recently. DeSclafani has allowed just 2 runs across his last three games. Unfortunately for him, though, the Cubs may have busted out of their slump last night in Detroit. I think the Cubs return home to build off their effort in Detroit against the Tigers. It may not be another 6-run win, but I expect a comfortable win regardless.

The Bet: CUBS -1.5 (-130)

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