Chicago Cubs at Cincinnati Reds - 8/14/22 MLB Picks and Prediction

Cincinnati Reds (44-68) vs Chicago Cubs (47-65)

Game Info: Sunday, August 14, 2022 at 1:40 pm (Great American Ball Park)

Justin Dunn (0-1) (5.79) vs Keegan Thompson (9-5) (3.36)

Betting Odds: Cincinnati Reds +125 / Chicago Cubs -145 --- Over/Under: 9 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Chicago Cubs will play the Cincinnati Reds in Game 3 of their series at Great American Ball Park on Sunday afternoon.

The Chicago Cubs are 47-65 this season and have won three games in a row. Chicago has won the first two games of this series by scores of 4-2 and 7-2. The Chicago pitching staff has a 4.26 ERA, a 1.33 WHIP, and a .249 opponent batting average this season. The Cubs offense has scored 465 runs with a .244 batting average and a .318 on base percentage. Ian Happ is batting .280 with 10 home runs and 52 RBI’s for the Cubs this season. The projected starter for Chicago is Keegan Thompson, who is 9-5 with a 3.36 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP over 99 innings pitched this season.

The Cincinnati Reds are 44-68 this season and have lost five games in a row. Prior to losing the first two games in this series, Cincinnati lost all three games in their series against the Mets. The Cincinnati pitching staff has a 5.04 ERA, a 1.41 WHIP, and a .254 opponent batting average. The Reds offense has scored 470 runs with a .238 batting average and a .308 on base percentage this year. Joey Votto is batting .214 with 11 home runs and 41 RBI’s for the Reds this season. The projected starter for Cincinnati is Justin Dunn, who is 0-1 with a 5.79 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP over 4.2 innings pitched this season.

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Chicago is 6-2 in their last 8 games and 3-8 in their last 11 Sunday games. The under is 4-0 in Chicago’s last 4 Sunday games. Cincinnati is 6-0 in their last 6 Sunday games and 0-5 in their last five games. The under is 9-2-1 in Cincinnati’s last 12 games. Chicago is 10-4 in these two teams last 14 head to head meetings.

These two teams are going in opposite directions with Chicago winning three games in a row and Cincinnati losing five games in a row. Chicago is starting Keegan Thompson, who has allowed six earned runs in his last 17.2 innings pitched. For the Reds, Justin Dunn allowed three runs over 4.2 innings in his only start this season. I am taking the Cubs in this game as I like their starting pitcher better and the Reds have really struggled lately.

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