Cubs at Reds for a 3 game series. Both teams met a week and a half ago which the Reds took 2 out of 3 as their first road trip stop. Both starting pitcher probables are the same as the first series.

Jeff Samardzija vs. Alfredo Simon

Edwin Jackson vs. Tony Cingrani

Game 1 Pitchers

**SAMARDZIJA’S LAST 7**

- 47.1 IP/43 H/12 R/10 ER/38 SO/2 HR
- BAA .232/ERA 1.90/WHIP 1.18
- GRADE: 88.58% (B)
- RATES: 22.40% H/6.25% R/6.77% BB/19.79% SO/1.04% HR
- FIRST 27 RATE: 6 H/2 R/2 BB/5 SO
- PER 9: 8.18 H/2.51 R/2.47 BB/7.23 SO/0.38 HR

**SAMARDZIJA VS. CINCINNATI**

- 63.2 IP/63 H/36 R/32 ER/24 BB/61 SO/8 HR
- BAA .24/ERA 4.52 ERA/WHIP 1.37
- GRADE: 78.18% (C)
- RATES: 22.66% H/12.95% R/8.63% BB/21.94% SO/2.88% HR
- FIRST 27 RATE: 6 H/3 R/2 BB/6 SO/HR
- PER 9: 8.91 H/5.14 R/3.39 BB/8.62 SO/1.13 HR

**SAMARDZIJA AT GREAT AMERICAN BALLPARK**

- 29.1 IP/30 H/19 R/18 ER/9 BB/29 SO/7 HR
- BAA .254/ERA 5.52/WHIP 1.33
- GRADE: 74.62% (C)
- RATES: 23.26% H/14.73% R/6.98% BB/22.48% SO/5.43% HR
- FIRST 27 RATE: 6 H/4 R/2 BB/6 SO/HR
- PER 9: 9.20 H/5.70 R/2.76 BB/8.90 SO/2.15 HR

**SIMON’S LAST 7**

- 33.1 IP/17 H/5 R/4 ER/11 BB/19 SO/2 HR
- BAA .145/ERA 1.08/WHIP 0.84
- GRADE: 92.89% (A)
- RATES: 13.28% H/3.91% R/8.59 BB/14.84 SO/1.56% HR
- FIRST 27 RATE: 4 H/R/2 BB/4 SO
- PER 9: 4.59 H/2.65 R/2.97 BB/5.13 SO/0.54 HR

**SIMON VS. CHICAGO CUBS**

- 16.2 IP/16 H/7 R/4 R/4 BB/13 SO/HR
- BAA .242/ERA 2.16/WHIP 1.20
- GRADE: 87.56% (B)
- RATES: 22.86% H/10.00% R/5.71% BB/18.57% SO/1.43% HR
- FIRST 27 RATE: 6 H/3 R/2 BB/5 SO
- PER 9: 8.64 H/3.94 R/2.16 BB/7.02 SO/0.54 HR

**SIMON AT GREAT AMERICAN BALLPARK**

- 83.1 IP/72 H/30 R/28 ER/24 BB/76 SO/9 HR
- BAA .214/ERA 2.85/WHIP 1.09
- GRADE: 85.41% (B)
- RATES: 19.78% H/8.24% R/6.59% BB/20.88% SO/2.47% HR
- FIRST 27 RATE: 5 H/2 R/2 BB/6 SO/HR
- PER 9: 7.34 H/3.75 R/2.45 BB/7.74 SO/0.92 HR

**PREDICTION AT MINIMUM**

**ALFREDO SIMON: **7 IP/6 H/3 R/2 BB/5 SO/HR

**JEFF SAMARDZIJA: **7 IP/6 H/3 R/2 BB/6 SO/HR

**PICK: **Reds 5-4. Cubs pitching will allow no more than 8 hits, 5 runs, 3 walks, 8 strikeouts and a home run. For the Reds, 7 hits, 4 runs, 3 walks, 6 strikeouts and a home run.

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