The MLB is back in action on Friday evening as the Chicago Cubs will clash with the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, Ohio in game one of their three-game series. The Cubs will start this game with the 28 years old pitcher Kyle Hendricks and on the other side, the Reds will give the nod to the experienced pitcher Homer Bailey.
Chicago Cubs Form
The Cubs started this season with an average form as their record so far is standing at 22-18 and are placed on the 4th spot in the National League Central. The Cubs have been one of the better offensive teams this season. However, it seems that they dropped in their form in the recent games as they have scored just four total runs in their last two against the Braves. They will aim to get back on track in this game against the Reds. The Cubs have averaged 4.84 runs per game and have allowed 3.74 runs per game on the road.
On the offensive side of their game, the Cubs are very good so far as they are the 4th best team in the league in scoring, putting up 5.22 runs per game, while also being placed on the 10th spot in hitting at .253 and 18th in homers with a total of 46 so far. On the mound, they also have some solid stats as they are placed on the 6th spot in the league in ERA at 3.46, while also ranking 15th in WHIP at 1.31 and 21st in K’s with 342.
Cincinnati Reds Forms
The Cincinnati Reds did not have a good start of the season and that resulted with their coach being fired. However, that change gave the first notable results as they demolished thestruggling Mets as they won at the Dodgers in LA. Their improvement in the form produced some good results as currently, they have a 7-2 in their last 9 games. The Reds have averaged 4.10 runs per game and have allowed 5.22 runs per game at their home ground this season so far.
On the offensive side of the game, the Reds have some below average stats so far as they are placed on the 20th spot in the league in scoring, putting up just 4.18 runs per game, while also ranking 15th in hitting at .247 and 23rd in homers with 43. On the mound, they have poor stats so far as they are placed on the 25th spot in the league in ERA at 4.80, while also ranking 24th in WHIP at 1.40 and 19th in K’s with 347.
It seems that the Reds have turned the tide in their recent away games. However, their home record is 6-15 so far. The Reds have averaged just 4.10 runs per game here at home, while the Cubs have put up 4.84 runs per game on the road. The Cubs are having a very good offensive firepower this season and they are the better team this season. I go for the Cubs in this one.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds today on 5/18/2018 is: Take the Chicago Cubs -180 (money line bet)
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