Reds vs. Cubs Odds
Friday, May 262:20 p.m. ETMLB.TV
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Justin Steele could be well on his way to earning some Cy Young Award votes for the Chicago Cubs. The lefty has a 2.20 ERA and limits hard contact. However, he's set a face a Cincinnati Reds team that has fared well against southpaws this month and should be able to string together some baserunners.
The Reds will send Hunter Greene to the mound. Greene has struggled this month and the Cubs have fared well against right handers in May, so this may not bode well for Greene.
Finally, both these bullpens have struggled lately, meaning there will be opportunities to score if the starters don't last long. The total should go over.
When it comes to racking up strikeouts, Greene excels at nearly a 31% clip. However, he has a 4.68 ERA against a 4.21 xERA on the season. Much of that is due to his struggles in May. Greene has a 6.95 ERA over four starts (22 innings) this month. His walk rate is still hovering around 9%, meaning it hasn't improved since last season. His average exit velocity ranks in the 21st percentile and his Hard-Hit Rate ranks in the 19th'percentile. The Cubs should hit him hard.