Sunday night baseball and I will have a free pick in the game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Chicago Cubs, which will take place at Wrigley Field in Chicago. First pitch is scheduled for a 8:05 PM (Eastern) start time and the game will be televised on ESPN.
Over/ Under: 7.5 O -120
The Cubs have taken two of the first 3 games in this series and they have now won 5 of their last 7 games overall. Still they haven't made up much ground on the Cards as they currently sit in 3rd place in the NL Central, 7 games behind the Redbirds. Cincinnati has not had a very good year so far, as they 12.5 games behind St Louis, with a 28-33 record on the year, which includes and 11-20 mark on the road. The Reds rank 18th in scoring (4.11 rpg), while on the mound they are 24th in ERA (4.18). The Cubs rank 15th in scoring (4.13 rpg), while on the mound they are 8th in ERA (3.65).
Getting the ball for the Reds today will be Anthony Desclafani, who is 5-4 with a 3.53 ERA in 12 starts this year overall, while on the road he is 3-2 with a 2.77 ERA. Anthony is 1-1 with a 2.35 ERA in 3 career starts vs the Cubs
Taking the hill for Chicago today will be Jon Lester, who is 4-5 with a 4.25 ERA in 12 starts this year, while at home he is 3-3 with a 3.59 ERA for the year. Lester has faced the Reds twice this year and he is 0-0 with a 6.75 ERA in those starts.
Pick: I will be going with the Cubs, who are the hotter team and who have the better pitcher on the mound for this one. The Reds have been a horrible road team as they are 11-120 away from home this year and they are 10-41 in their last 51 games as a road dog, while the Cubs come in 7-2 in their last 9 home games vs the Reds. I look for the Cubs to win this one behind a solid effort from Lester.
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