Cincinnati Reds at Chicago Cubs - 10/2/22 MLB Picks and Prediction

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The Cincinnati Reds will play the Chicago Cubs in Game 3 of their series at Wrigley Field on Sunday afternoon.

The Cincinnati Reds are 60-98 this season and have lost five games in a row. Cincinnati has lost the first two games of this series by scores of 6-1 and 2-1. The Cincinnati pitching staff has a 4.81 ERA, a 1.39 WHIP, and a .252 opponent batting average this season. The Reds offense has scored 639 runs with a .236 batting average and a .304 on base percentage. Kyle Farmer is batting .255 with 14 home runs and 77 RBI’s for the Reds this season. The projected starter for Cincinnati is Chase Anderson, who is 2-3 with a 4.70 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP over 23 innings pitched this season.

The Chicago Cubs are 72-86 this season and have won six games in a row. Prior to winning the first two games of this series, Chicago won all three games in their series against the Phillies. The Chicago pitching staff has a 4.05 ERA, a 1.31 WHIP, and a .245 opponent batting average. The Cubs offense has scored 631 runs with a .239 batting average and a .311 on base percentage this year. Ian Happ is batting .271 with 17 home runs and 71 RBI’s for the Cubs this season. The projected starter for Chicago is Marcus Stroman, who is 5-7 with a 3.66 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP over 132.2 innings pitched this season.

Cincinnati is 11-3 in their last 14 Sunday games and 0-5 in their last 5 game three’s of a series. The under is 3-0-1 in Cincinnati’s last 4 road games. Chicago is 6-0 in their last 6 games and 1-8 in their last 9 Sunday games. The under is 6-2 in Chicago’s last 8 game three’s of a series. Cincinnati is 3-7 in these two teams last 10 head to head meetings.

Chicago continues to win and their winning streak is now at six games. Cincinnati is second to last in the NL Central and third to last in the NL. Chicago is starting Marcus Stroman, who has allowed five runs over his last 20 innings pitched. For the Reds, Chase Anderson has allowed three runs over his last 14 innings pitched. Chase Anderson has an elevated ERA, but he has pitched well over his last few starts. I like the Reds in this game.

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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