Cubs vs Reds Prediction - MLB Picks 4/3/23

Cincinnati Reds (2-1) vs Chicago Cubs (1-2)

Game Info: Monday, April 3, 2023 at 6:40 pm (Great American Ball Park)

Connor Overton (0-0) (0.00) vs Drew Smyly (0-0) (0.00)

Betting Odds: Cincinnati Reds +115 / Chicago Cubs -125 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds face off on Monday in an MLB showdown at the Great American Ballpark. 

Cubs Betting Preview

The Cubs come into this game with a 1-2 record overall and after winning the first game of the season, they have lost two games in a row. The Cubs faced off against the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday and the pitching really struggled giving up nine runs and that led to the four run defeat. Nico Hoerner finished the game with two hits and one run. The Cubs offense is averaging 3.33 runs but the pitching has been an issue. Patrick Wisdom has hit two home runs and driven in two RBIs. On the mound for the Cubs will be Drew Smyly who will be making his first start with the new team. Last season with the Atlanta Braves he finished with a 7-8 record and an ERA of 3.47. 

Reds Betting Preview

On the other side of this matchup is the Reds who sit with a 2-1 record overall and they were able to secure the 3-1 victory on Sunday. Graham Ashcraft had a strong game going seven innings giving up four hits and one run. Jake Fraley and Jason Vosley have hit one home run and driven in three RBIs. Getting the start for the Reds will be Connor Overton and last season he pitched in six games and had an ERA of 2.73. 

Cubs vs Reds Trends 

The Cubs are 6-0 in their last six games against a team with a winning record. The Reds are 0-5 in their last five games during Game 1 of a series. The under is 6-0 in the Reds last six home games against a left handed starter. The Under is 8-1-3 in Cubs last 12 after scoring 5 runs or more in their previous game.

Shane’s Free Pick

This game is going to be a game where both pitchers are going to find a lot of success. Overton is going to slow down the Cubs bats. I also expect Drew Smyly is going to have a strong first start with his new team. Look for a 3-1 or 4-2 type of game and that means the under is going to cash. 

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

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