Cubs vs Reds Prediction MLB Picks Today 5/31

Cubs vs Reds Prediction MLB Picks Today 5/31

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MLB Preview and Prediction: Cincinnati Reds vs. Chicago Cubs

The Cincinnati Reds travel to Wrigley Field to take on the Chicago Cubs in what promises to be an exciting matchup. Both teams are looking to improve their standings in the National League Central.

 

Game Overview:

  • Date: May 31, 2024
  • Time: 11:20 AM
  • Location: Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois
  • Weather: 67°F

Team Breakdown:

Cincinnati Reds:

The Reds come into this game with a 24-32 record and a 10-15 away record. Graham Ashcraft is the probable starting pitcher for Cincinnati.

Key Players:

  • Home Runs: Elly De La Cruz (9 HR)
  • Batting Average: Elly De La Cruz (.249 AVG)
  • Runs Batted In: Spencer Steer (35 RBI)

Graham Ashcraft has a 4-3 record with a 4.67 ERA and a WHIP of 1.44 over 54.0 innings. His ability to navigate through the Cubs' lineup will be crucial for the Reds' success.

Chicago Cubs:

The Cubs have a 28-28 record and a 15-11 home record. Javier Assad is set to start for Chicago.

Key Players:

  • Home Runs: Christopher Morel (9 HR)
  • Batting Average: Mike Tauchman (.269 AVG)
  • Runs Batted In: Christopher Morel (34 RBI)

Javier Assad has been impressive with a 4-1 record, a 2.17 ERA, and a WHIP of 1.16 over 58.0 innings. His consistency and ability to limit opposing hitters make him a key player for the Cubs in this matchup.

Game Odds:

Team Moneyline Total Run Line
CIN (24-32) OFF OFF +130
CHC (28-28) -150 OFF EVEN

Prediction:

For this matchup, we predict that the Chicago Cubs will come out on top. Here's why:

Javier Assad's performance has been stellar this season, with a 2.17 ERA and a WHIP of 1.16. His ability to control the game and limit runs gives the Cubs a significant edge.

The Cubs have a solid home record of 15-11, demonstrating their ability to perform well at Wrigley Field. Additionally, their offensive power, led by players like Christopher Morel and Mike Tauchman, makes them a formidable opponent.

The Reds, on the other hand, have struggled on the road with a 10-15 away record. Graham Ashcraft's inconsistency and higher ERA (4.67) could be a disadvantage against a strong Cubs lineup.

Overall, the combination of Assad's pitching, the Cubs' home-field advantage, and the Reds' road struggles lead us to favor the Cubs in this game.

Pick: Chicago Cubs (-150)

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