Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds: Preview, Predictions and Picks for June 7, 2024

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Jun 7, 2024 6:12 AM
The Cincinnati Reds, led by a 3-1 regular season series lead, look to build on their momentum as they host the Chicago Cubs at Great American Ball Park on Friday, June 7 at 7:10 PM. The Reds, 15-17 at home, aim to capitalize on their home advantage against a Cubs team struggling on the road with a 13-19 record.
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Cubs vs Reds starting pitchers

  • Nick Lodolo for Cincinnati Reds
  • Justin Steele for Chicago Cubs

Cubs vs Reds statistics

Stat Cubs Reds
Hits 468 (25th) 460 (Tied-27th)
Batting Average .228 (25th) .228 (26th)
Runs Batted In 253 (17th) 254 (Tied-15th)
Runs 271 (Tied-15th) 271 (Tied-15th)
Home Runs 61 (Tied-16th) 61 (Tied-16th)
Walks 216 (5th) 211 (6th)
Stolen Bases 40 (15th) 92 (2nd)
Strikeouts 544 (10th) 565 (6th)
Pitches 9164 (11th) 8993 (17th)

Cincinnati Reds recent games

Game Date Opponent Result Score
6/6/24 vs Chicago Cubs W 8-4
6/5/24 @ Colorado Rockies W 12-7
6/4/24 @ Colorado Rockies W 4-1
6/3/24 @ Colorado Rockies W 13-3
6/2/24 @ Chicago Cubs W 5-2

Chicago Cubs recent games

Game Date Opponent Result Score
6/6/24 @ Cincinnati Reds L 8-4
6/5/24 vs Chicago White Sox W 7-6
6/4/24 vs Chicago White Sox W 7-6
6/2/24 vs Cincinnati Reds L 5-2
6/1/24 vs Cincinnati Reds W 7-5

Cubs vs Reds predictions

Think the Cubs will need some hefty swings from their lineup to take on the Reds today. Keep an eye on Christopher Morel, especially - he's been hitting homers like it’s his job (which, well, it is), and if he keeps up that .302 home run rate per at-bat, it could spell trouble for Cincinnati. Cody Bellinger also looks promising; with his knack for making contact and a solid on-base percentage, he could be crucial in setting the table. And let’s not overlook Ian Happ, whose consistent ability to get on base and contribute across the board might just turn the tide in favor of Chicago.

As for the Cincinnati Reds, their young talents are bursting to make an impact. Elly De La Cruz, despite being relatively new to the majors, is showing promising power and speed, which could definitely light up the scoreboard today. Then there's TJ Friedl, whose knack for getting on base consistently could keep the Reds in contention throughout the game. Jonathan India shouldn't be forgotten either; his ability to drive in runs and his decent on-base stats make him a potential game-changer against the Cubs' pitching staff.

Given the current momentum and the pitchers on the mound for today's game, Cincinnati might just have the upper hand. Nick Lodolo has been performing spectacularly with a 0.99 WHIP and an ERA of 3.11, which could pose a real challenge for the Cubs hitters. On the other end, Justin Steele for the Cubs, with a slightly higher ERA and WHIP, might struggle against a Reds lineup that's hungry for hits. My gut says it's going to be a close contest, but Cincinnati could edge out a win with their slightly superior pitching and explosive young bats.

Cincinnati Reds injuries

  • Connor Overton (SP): Day-To-Day
  • Brandon Williamson (SP): 60-Day-IL
  • Christian Encarnacion-Strand (1B): 10-Day-IL
  • Noelvi Marte (SS): Suspension
  • Reiver Sanmartin (RP): Out

Chicago Cubs injuries

  • Keegan Thompson (RP): 15-Day-IL
  • Colten Brewer (RP): 15-Day-IL
  • Jordan Wicks (SP): 15-Day-IL
  • Ben Leeper (RP): Day-To-Day
  • Yency Almonte (RP): 15-Day-IL

Cubs vs Reds game info

Venue Great American Ball Park
Location Cincinnati, Ohio
First pitch Fri 7:10 PM
Temperature 76°
Chance of Rain 0%

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