Cincinnati Reds at Chicago Cubs - 9/8/22 MLB Picks and Prediction

Chicago Cubs (57-78) vs Cincinnati Reds (53-80)

Game Info: Thursday, September 8, 2022 at 2:20 pm (Wrigley Field)

Adrian Sampson (1-5) (3.95) vs Luis Cessa (2-2) (5.18)

Betting Odds: Chicago Cubs -132 / Cincinnati Reds +100 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Cincinnati Reds and Chicago Cubs face off on Thursday in an MLB game at Wrigley Field. The two teams have split the first two games of this series. 

The Reds come into this game with a 54-80 record overall and the offense looked good on Thursday on the way to the easy victory. The offense has been okay overall but the pitching has been flat out terrible. The Reds are giving up 5.13 runs per game which is 28th in the league. Kyle Farmer is having a big season hitting nine home runs and driving in 62 RBIs. 

The Cubs come into this game with a 57-79 and far too often their offense has had a game as they did on Wednesday night when they were lights out. The Cubs offense and pitching are both ranked in the bottom third of the league. The offense is averaging only 4.12 runs per game which is 23rd in the league. Ian Happ is having a big season hitting 16 home runs and driving in 64 RBIs. 

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On the mound for the Reds is Luis Cessa who sits with a 3-2 record and an ERA of 5.18. In his last start against the Colorado Rockies, he went five innings giving up four hits and two runs.

On the mound for the Cubs is Adrian Sampson who sits with a 1-5 record and an ERA of 3.95. In his last start against the St. Louis Cardinals, he went five innings giving up four hits and two runs. 

The Cubs are 1-5 in their last six games overall. The over is 5-1-2 in the Cubs last eight overall. The over is 4-1-1 in the Cubs last six games against a right handed starter. The over is 4-0-1 in the Cubs last five games against a starter with a WHIP greater than 1.30. 

The Reds are going to be the team that really struggles to score here. Don’t let Sampson’s record fool you, he has been really good heading into this game, and he is going to find success here. Look for Sampson to have a start where he gives up only one or two runs and the Cubs will secure the victory.

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