Jon Lester (0-1, 6.23 ERA) and Mike Leake (0-0, 4.76 ERA) are on the hill in the first of a three-game series between the Chicago Cubs (3-2) and the Cincinnati Reds (4-2) at Wrigley Field. Action begins at 8:05 p.m. ET on Monday, Apr. 13 and can be seen on FSN-OH and CSN-CHI+.
Lester pitched 4.1 innings in his last outing, surrendering three runs, striking out six and walking two in a 3-0 defeat to the Cardinals. Dexter Fowler (.238 ) had a good game yesterday, going 2 for 5 with one run, one home run, two RBIs, and one stolen base. When pitching against the Cubs, Leake is 8-2 with a 3.01 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and 68 strikeouts. Todd Frazier (.292 ) went 1 for 5 yesterday with two RBIs.
Chicago is a -155 favorite against Cincinnati and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is currently not available. The Cubs have an overall money line of -10 and a record as the favorite of 1-1.
Over in the other dugout, Cincinnati has a perfect record of 2-0 when playing as the underdog and an overall money line of +309 at this point in the season. They have managed to pull off a perfect record while playing as the underdog against NL Central rivals, and have a 4-1 SU record. The Reds can change the game with one swing of the bat, ranking third in the league with nine home runs. The Reds are an excellent base-stealing team with an MLB-best 10 stolen bases. Cincinnati's pitching staff is one of the top in the NL, with a 2.87 ERA. When it comes to preventing batters from getting hits, the Reds are the best in the NL on the road with an average of 0.0 hits allowed per away game. The Reds have established a reputation of overwhelming hitters with an NL-best 10.0 strikeouts per game.
Predictions: SU Winner - CIN, O/U - Under
The Reds have a 4-2 record against the NL Central Division, while the Cubs have split their meetings with divisional opponents, 1-1.
The Cubs are 1-0 in games that go into extra innings. Meanwhile, the Reds are 1-1 in such matchups.
The Cincinnati batters brought in a solid 11 hits last game. Chicago has a record of 2-1 when their opponents get that many hits or more.
When they are outhit, the Cubs are 2-2. The Reds have a 2-1 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 20th in runs, Chicago has earned 18 this season. Cincinnati ranks 13th with 24 runs.
Ranking 20th, Chicago is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 16 this season. Cincinnati ranks in the top 10 at sixth with 21.
When the Cubs hit at least one home run, they are 2-0. When the Reds hit at least one homer, they have a 4-2 record.