Cubs vs. Reds prediction: Ride with Chicago, Kyle Hendricks

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Hot Dog! The White House Press Secretary, Jen Psaki, is reporting a 16-cent drop in the cost of Independence Day barbecuing. Happy birthday, America!

Sing it Tom Petty. “The Cubs are free … free fallin’.” Chicago, once atop the NL Central, is now in a battle for second with the Reds. Both teams are well back of the surging Brewers. Cincy’s Wade Miley (6-4, ERA 3.09) let four runs slip past him when he faced Philly in his last start. The Cub’s Kyle Hendricks (10-4, ERA 3.98) had his winning streak snapped at eight (no decision) after allowing four runs in Milwaukee. Taking the team wearing the red, white and blue the patriotic Stitches will take the Cubbies for 20 units.


Game 1 to the Mets. Won 8-3, out hitting the Stankees 14-3. Taijuan Walker (two runs, two hits over 5 ²/₃) was brilliant. Then the Jays topped the Rays, 6-3. George Springer homered for Buffalo. Ross Stripling was sharp (one run, two hits over 5 ²/₃ ). Double play has us at -1,353 swobodas.

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