Chicago Cubs vs Cincinnati Reds 08/17/2021 MLB Preview, Spread and Game Analysis
Posted by: Hilbert Mayer
Chicago Cubs vs Cincinnati Reds 08/17/2021 – Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio will continue to play host to Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds as they enter their second game of a three-game series. The MLB best bets have turned away from the Cubs in the last few games due to their terrible performance. Cincinnati has been strong enough to take out the Cubs in their series opener and they remain at second place in the NL Central Division play. The Chicago Cubs are stuck at the fourth spot and are continuing to trail the Cardinals and the Reds.
Chicago Cubs vs Cincinnati Reds 08/17/2021
The Chicago Cubs extended their losing streak to 12 after dropping last night’s game. The Cubs pitching unit was rocked with 14 runs and their offense contributed just five. With a 52-69 record on the season, the Cubs are now in a crucial situation to enter the playoffs. Kyle Hendricks will be delivered to the mound here as their starter in this game. The righty is holding a 13-5 record on the season with an ERA of 4.15 and 104 Ks in total. The other notable player is Wilson Contreras with an average of .226.
Players to watch: “Willson Contreras C (GP 104, AB 345, R 48, H 78, 2B 15, 3B 0, HR 17, RBI 40, TB 144, BB 43, SO 116, SB 4, AVG 0.226, OBP 0.333, SLG 0.417, OPS 0.75, WAR 3.6), Ian Happ CF (GP 107, AB 318, R 35, H 56, 2B 10, 3B 0, HR 12, RBI 30, TB 102, BB 45, SO 115, SB 1, AVG 0.176, OBP 0.284, SLG 0.321, OPS 0.605, WAR -0.8).
The Cincinnati Reds will enter this game riding a two-game winning streak. The Reds were strong enough to take out the Phillies and the Cubs in their last two games. Cincinnati is turning towards Vladimir Gutierrez as their starter in this game. The righty is holding an 8-3 record on the season with an ERA of 3.95, 33 BBs, and 58 Ks in total. Jesse Winker continues to lead from the plate with 129 hits and a batting clip of .309. Joey Votto smashed a total of 26 home runs with 275 RBIs in total.
Players to watch: Jesse Winker RF (GP 110, AB 420, R 77, H 129, 2B 32, 3B 1, HR 24, RBI 71, TB 235, BB 53, SO 75, SB 1, AVG 0.307, OBP 0.395, SLG 0.56, OPS 0.955, WAR 2.7), Eugenio Suarez 3B (GP 112, AB 415, R 53, H 72, 2B 15, 3B 0, HR 23, RBI 65, TB 156, BB 42, SO 142, SB 0, AVG 0.173, OBP 0.258, SLG 0.376, OPS 0.633, WAR -2.4).
Chicago Cubs vs Cincinnati Reds Betting Numbers
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chi Cubs’ last 5 games.
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Cincinnati’s last 14 games.
Chicago Cubs vs Cincinnati Reds Betting Picks
Chicago Cubs are delivering their ace to the mound who has won a total of 13 games this season Hendricks is the key to the Cubs to success as the MLB betting websites remain in their favor. Despite Hendricks on the mound, the Cubs will need more support from the plate.
Score Prediction: Cubs 7, Reds 4.