Back Cubs on Runline Behind Hendricks vs. Reds May 17

Willie Bee

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 12:57 PM UTC

Wednesday, May. 17, 2017 12:57 PM UTC

May has not been a great month so far for the Cubs, but that isn’t keeping Chicago from being a solid favorite on the MLB odds for Wednesday’s battle against the visiting Cincinnati Reds.

MLB Season Record: 15-26 (-12.85)

The standings say the Cincinnati Reds and Chicago Cubs are even with each other as both sport .500 records in the NL Central ranks. But we know better as they prepare for Tuesday's encounter (8:05 PM ET), and the top sports books do as well. Chicago is priced around -170 on the money line with Kyle Hendricks on the mound, Scott Feldman his Cincinnati counterpart.

Chicago opened the series with a 9-5 win Tuesday, four homers ensuring the Cubs would take their eighth triumph in the last 10 meetings at home against the Reds. It was also Joe Maddon’s 1,000th managerial victory and came with Chicago lined close to -200 on the MLB odds. The final jumped past an 11-run total with room to spare marking the eighth ‘over’ winner in the last 11 series meetings at Wrigley.


Cubs 0-3 In Hendricks’ Last 3 Trips To Hill

Feldman’s last two starts came against the Giants, the right-hander tossing a complete-game shutout at home before losing a close 3-2 contest in San Fran last Friday. That shutout remains the only win the Reds have picked up in Feldman’s last six assignments. Despite having been in the bigs for 12 seasons, tonight marks his first career start against the Cubs. His only experience at Wrigley Field came while a member of the Chicago rotation in 2013, Feldman winning four of six appearances on the North Side with a 2.54 ERA.

Despite Hendricks pitching pretty well (17.2 IP, 4 ER) his last three outings, the Cubs dropped all three games. Bettors following him all season are off 2 units, but those playing the ‘under’ in his assignments have cashed 5 of 7. Chicago won all three of his starts against the Reds a year ago, but Joey Votto has hit him pretty well over the years with two homers and a .636 average (7-for-11) vs. the Dartmouth grad.


Umpire Notes, Mother Nature & A Free Pick

Ron Kulpa is expected to call balls and strikes tonight, the St. Louis native bringing a 2-4 O/U record into the contest. He had the plate in Pittsburgh about three weeks ago when Hendricks pitched the first six innings of Chicago’s 1-0 victory over the Pirates. The Cubs have also won his last two games behind the dish at Wrigley, the totals splitting in those affairs.

Clouds in the area do bring a slight risk of rain, but the real concern here is the wind as the forecast calls for a 20+ mph blow from the SSW this evening (out to left-center). That could lead to another home run barrage like Tuesday when the clubs combined for seven long balls. Not sure the total will be as high as Tuesday, and like Chicago on the run line for my free baseball pick.

MLB Free Pick: Cubs -1½ (-105)Best Line Offered: Heritage

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