Cincinnati Reds at Chicago Cubs - 9/30/22 MLB Picks and Prediction

Chicago Cubs (70-86) vs Cincinnati Reds (60-96)

Game Info: Friday, September 30, 2022 at 2:20 pm (Wrigley Field)

Adrian Sampson (3-5) (3.23) vs Graham Ashcraft (5-4) (4.18)

Betting Odds: Chicago Cubs -144 / Cincinnati Reds +122 --- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Cincinnati Reds will play the Chicago Cubs in Game 1 of their series at Fenway Park on Friday afternoon.

The Cincinnati Reds are 60-96 this season and have lost six of their last seven games. Cincinnati is coming off of a series loss against Pittsburgh, where they lost all three games played. The Cincinnati pitching staff has a 4.82 ERA, a 1.39 WHIP, and a .252 opponent batting average this season. The Reds offense has scored 637 runs with a .237 batting average and a .305 on base percentage. Kyle Farmer is batting .255 with 14 home runs and 76 RBI’s for the Reds this season. The projected starter for Cincinnati is Graham Ashcraft, who is 5-4 with a 4.18 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP over 97 innings pitched this season.

The Chicago Cubs are 70-86 this season and have won four games in a row. Chicago is coming off of a series win against Philadelphia, where they won all three games played in the series. The Chicago pitching staff has a 4.09 ERA, a 1.32 WHIP, and a .246 opponent batting average. The Cubs offense has scored 623 runs with a .239 batting average and a .311 on base percentage this year. Ian Happ is batting .270 with 17 home runs and 71 RBI’s for the Cubs this season. The projected starter for Chicago is Adrian Sampson, who is 3-5 with a 3.23 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP over 94.2 innings pitched this season.

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Cincinnati is 5-16 in their last 21 games and 1-4 in their last 5 game one’s of a series. The under is 10-2 in Cincinnati’s last 12 games. Chicago is 8-1 in their last 9 Friday games and 6-1 in their last 7 game one’s of a series. The under is 3-1-1 in Chicago’s last 5 Friday games.

The Cubs have been playing very well over their last four games, while Cincinnati has lost six of their last seven games. Chicago is starting Adrian Sampson, who has allowed one earned run or less in four straight starts. For the Reds, Graham Ashcraft has allowed 10 earned runs over his last 17 innings pitched. I like the Cubs here.

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