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Cincinnati Reds Odds
In need of wins, the wild-card hopeful Reds got one Wednesday, riding Mike Moustakas’ three-run homer and 7 2/3 shutout innings from Trevor Bauer to beat Yu Darvish and the Cubs 3-0.
Cincinnati trails Miami by 2 1/2 games for the National League’s final playoff spot. The Reds’ problem has been an offense that sits last in the majors with a .209 average. Only Jesse Winker is hitting better than .245, and his average has plummeted to .279 because of an 0-for-15 skid.
Cincinnati will send Sonny Gray (5-2, 3.19 ERA) to the mound. He aims to flush the memory of his last start, when he failed to last the first inning and allowed six runs in a 16-2 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Sept. 1.
Chicago Cubs Odds
Inconsistent offense bit the Cubs again Wednesday night as Chicago lost 3-0 to Cincinnati. The Cubs managed just three hits, all singles, while striking out 10 times and failing to draw a walk. In nine games against the Reds this year, the Cubs have fanned 101 times.
However, the Cubs still own a 2 1/2-game lead on St. Louis in the NL Central despite hitting only .226 as a team. Their most productive bat has been Ian Happ (.287-12-24), but he is in the throes of a 1-for-17 slide with nine strikeouts over the past five games.
Lefty Adbert Alzolay (0-1, 2.08 ERA) gets his third start of the year Thursday. Alzolay experienced control issues on Saturday in a 4-2 setback to St. Louis, issuing five walks in 2 2/3 innings. He threw a scoreless relief inning against the Reds on Aug. 29.
Reds at Cubs Betting Pick for September 10, 2020
At some point, the Reds’ Eugenio Suarez has to hit better than .193. The career .262 hitter is 0-for-11 with eight strikeouts since clubbing three homers on Sept. 5 at Pittsburgh, although he has 12 homers and 27 RBIs on the year.
Here’s a hunch that Suarez bounces back in this one with a key homer that makes the difference.
Reds at Cubs Betting Pick: Reds (-145), Cubs (+125)
Reds 4, Cubs 2
Reds at Cubs Best Bet for September 10, 2020
The Cubs have averaged just 2.5 runs in their past eight games, scoring more than three runs only twice in that span. Anthony Rizzo is just 1-for-22 in the past six games, while Kris Bryant (.194) and Javier Baez (.202) continue to flail and fail at the plate.
Reds at Cubs Best Bet: UNDER 8 runs total in the game.