Chicago Cubs at Cincinnati Reds - 8/11/22 MLB Picks and Prediction

Cincinnati Reds (44-66) vs Chicago Cubs (45-65)

Game Info: Thursday, August 11, 2022 at 7:15 pm (Field of Dreams)

Nick Lodolo (3-3) (4.40) vs Drew Smyly (4-6) (3.97)

Betting Odds: Cincinnati Reds -115 / Chicago Cubs -105 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Chicago Cubs will play the Cincinnati Reds in The Field of Dreams Game on Thursday night.

The Chicago Cubs are 45-65 this season and have alternated wins and losses in their last five games. Chicago is coming off of a series win against Washington, where they won two out of the three games played in the series. The Chicago pitching staff has a 4.30 ERA, a 1.33 WHIP, and a .250 opponent batting average this season. The Cubs offense has scored 454 runs with a .244 batting average and a .317 on base percentage. Patrick Wisdom is batting .220 with 20 home runs and 52 RBI’s for the Cubs this season. The projected starter for Chicago is Drew Smyly, who is 4-6 with a 3.97 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP over 65.2 innings pitched this season.

The Cincinnati Reds are 44-66 this season and have lost three games in a row. Cincinnati is coming off of a series loss against the Mets, where they lost all three games in the series. The Cincinnati pitching staff has a 5.05 ERA, a 1.40 WHIP, and a .254 opponent batting average. The Reds offense has scored 466 runs with a .239 batting average and a .308 on base percentage this year. Joey Votto is batting .219 with 11 home runs and 41 RBI’s for the Reds this season. The projected starter for Cincinnati is Nick Lodolo, who is 3-3 with a 4.40 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP over 43 innings pitched this season.

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Chicago is 3-7 in their last 10 games and 0-5 in their last 5 Thursday games. The under is 4-1 in Chicago’s last 5 game one’s of a series. Cincinnati is 2-5 in their last 7 Thursday games and 5-2 in their last 7 games against a left-handed starting pitcher. The under is 15-5-1 in Cincinnati’s last 21 game one’s of a series. The over is 5-2 in these two teams last 7 head to head meetings.

This will be a very cool environment for a baseball game as it is being played at The Field of Dreams. On the field, both teams have struggled mightily this season and have similar records. Chicago is starting Drew Smyly, who has allowed one or fewer earned runs in three of his last four starts. For the Reds, Nick Lodolo has allowed earned four runs over his last 16.2 innings pitched. I really like the under in this game as both pitchers have been solid lately and there will be a lot of off field distractions during the game.

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