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Chicago Cubs vs Cincinnati Reds 8/18/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

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The Chicago Cubs will play the last installment of their three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds in Great American Ball Park, OH, on Wednesday, August 18, 2021, at 12:35 PM (EDT). Chicago had ten hits as a team in Monday’s opener but didn’t score until the eighth inning of a 14-5 loss. In a close 2-1 triumph in game two on Tuesday, the Cubs recorded 11 hits. Kyle Hendricks pitched 6.0 innings, allowing three hits, 3 walks, and a single run.


The Cubs score 4.16 runs per game on average. Their batting average of .229 ranks them 28th in the MLB. Adrian Sampson will make his season debut as the Cubs’ starting pitcher on Wednesday. Sampson has a career MLB record of 6-12 with a 5.71 ERA and 118 strikeouts in 153.0 innings.


  • The total went OVER in 4 of the Chi Cubs’ last 6 matches.
  • Chicago is 2-8 SU in their last 10 matches against Cincinnati.
  • The Chicago Cubs are 1-5 SU in their last 6 matches on the road.

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Chicago Cubs vs Cincinnati Reds Predictions 8/18/2021


The Reds essentially clinched the Monday match with eight runs in the seventh inning, their route to 14 runs and 14 hits. Cincinnati got only five hits in the loss on Tuesday. Vladimir Gutierrez pitched 6.1 innings, allowing two runs on 9 hits and one walk while striking out two batters. Cincinnati is led by Nick Castellanos, who has a .317 batting average, and Joey Votto, who has 26 home runs and RBIs with 76.


The Reds are averaging 5.12 runs per game. Their batting average of .254 is good for fifth in the majors. Tyler Mahle will take the mound in the series finale on Wednesday. Mahle owns 109 hits, 54 runs (52 earned), 18 home runs permitted, 45 walks, 155 strikeouts, and a 3.58 ERA in 130.2 innings this season. Mahle’s latest appearance was in a 6-1 victory over Philadelphia, with three hits and zero runs allowed in seven innings.


  • The total went OVER in 10 of Cincinnati’s last 15 matches.
  • The total went OVER in 4 of Cincinnati’s last 6 matches against the Chi Cubs.
  • The Cincinnati Reds are 6-1 SU in their last 7 matches at home.


Chicago Cubs vs Cincinnati Reds. The MLB pick for this game is the Cincinnati Reds. Mahle pitched well recently, allowing two or fewer earned runs in four of his last five appearances. The lone exception in that time came on August 3 against the Twins, when he gave up four runs on six hits in 5.0 innings. Mahle pitched 14.0 innings in his two starts since then, allowing two earned runs on 9 hits and one home run while striking out 17 batters. Expect Mahle to keep the momentum rolling and assist Cincinnati to prevail in this game. The Cincinnati Reds will win to a predicted score of 7-3.


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Chicago Cubs vs Cincinnati Reds 8/18/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

MLB Starting Time: 12:35 PM (EDT)

Location: Great American Ball Park, OH, USA

Date: Wednesday, August 18, 2021


MLB Odds: Cincinnati Reds -263

MLB Totals: 9.5


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