Game of the Week MLB 10*
(MLB) Chi Cubs vs. Cincinnati, 07/28/2020 6:40 PM, Score: 8 - 5
Money Line: -103.00 Chi Cubs (Away)
Bookmaker: Bookmaker
Result: Win
Game of the Week - Rickenbach MLB Rotation #957 Tuesday 10* Top Play Chicago Cubs Money Line (-) @ Cincinnati Reds @ 6:40 ET - On the one hand, it is early in the season. On the other hand, it is a very short season. On the one hand, Cincinnati came into this season with a lot of praise being reaped on them. On the other hand, this is still the Reds we're talking about folks! This team just can't get it together and they dropped to 1-3 on the season after yesterday's 8-7 loss. The fact that Cincinnati did battle back certainly earns a few merit points but when you look at the way the bottom of the 9th played out that is a game the Reds should have managed to finish off and win. Instead, it was a deflating loss and now Tuesday's game has road rout written all over it. The pitching match-up here favors the Cubs in a big way and keep in mind, Chicago has scored 17 runs in its past two games. By comparison, the Reds had just 6 hits in yesterday's game and were held to a combined 6 runs in their two prior games. Those two games were against the lowly Tigers by the way and that is the same Detroit team that just got blasted 14-6 by the equally lowly Royals yesterday. That said, I am truly not impressed by what I am seeing from this Reds team early this season and feel all the momentum is with the road team in this one. Now about that pitching edge. Cincinnati is starting Tyler Mahle because Anthony DeSclafani is out for one start. Mahle has bad overall numbers but has been particularly poor in evening action. The past two seasons his night game efforts have seen him go a combined 4-13 with nearly a 6.00 ERA. Look for Mahle to struggle against the surging Cubs here. As for Chicago starter, Alec Mills, I have liked what I have seen. He is a young hurler with little experience at the MLB level but he really came on strong in his September time with the Cubs last season. Also, Mills last two appearances against the Reds saw him allow just 1 earned run while striking out 6 in 6 innings. Look for Cincinnati's early season struggles to continue here. 10* CHICAGO CUBS Money Line