Start Time: April 03 2018, 6:40 PM
The Chicago Cubs are expected to challenge for the World Series title but are so far just 2-3 on the season following a 1-0 loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Monday. They recorded just two hits in the defeat but I think they’ll bounce back in a big way Tuesday night.
The Reds hand the ball to 24 year old left-hander Cody Reed who will make his first start of the season. Reed gave up 20 hits in 12 1/3 innings during spring training and he is 0-3 with a 16.20 ERA in 10 innings (18 runs, 18 hits allowed) in three career starts against the Cubs.
The Cubs turn to Jon Lester who gave up three runs, seven hits and three walks in just 3 1/3 innings against Miami in his season debut. I expect a much more composed performance here. Lester is 5-1 with a 4.27 ERA in 13 career starts against the Reds, including a 2-1 record with a 3.66 ERA in six outings at Great American Ball Park.
Cubs are 11-2 in Lester’s last 13 starts vs. Reds who are 0-11 in Reed’s last 11 starts overall.
Free pick on Chicago Cubs.
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