Friday’s MLB Over/Under: Harvey, Hamels Take The Mound at Wrigley Field
David Kohl, USA Today Sports. Pictured: Matt Harvey
Betting odds: Cincinnati Reds at Chicago Cubs
- Over/Under: 8.5
- First Pitch: 8:05 p.m. ET
- Probable Pitchers: Matt Harvey (7-8, 4.87 ERA) vs. Cole Hamels (9-9, 3.71 ERA)
Zylbert’s 2018 MLB Over/Under Betting Record: 94-64-4, +23.4 units
Yesterday’s Result: Dodgers-Cardinals Under 7.5, Kershaw vs. Gomber (loss)
*Each bet graded as if it were to win 1 unit
Six weeks after joining the Cubs, Hamels is still undefeated with his new team. The former World Series MVP is 4-0 in his eight starts with Chicago, compiling a shiny 1.42 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and .208 batting average against along the way.
One of those outings came against his opponent tonight, the last-place Reds, and the result was Hamels’ first complete game in more than a year (an under we barely won, too).
That’s worth noting considering Hamels’ outstanding work against Cincinnati in his career. He’s faced the Redlegs 16 times, going 11-1 with a 1.86 ERA and 1.01 WHIP.
Hamels’ counterpart tonight — Harvey — has also found a new lease on life after a trade this season.
While Harvey’s numbers might not stick out as much compared to Hamels’, the ex-Met deserves a lot of credit for the solid work he’s produced as a member of the Reds.
In 21 starts with his new organization, Harvey has held the opposition to three runs or fewer 15 times, and overall, he’s crafted a fine 4.35 ERA and 1.25 WHIP — both marks are his best since 2015. In addition, his 7.6 K/9 is his highest since that year as well.
Harvey is rolling lately, too. In his last six assignments, he has registered a 3.37 ERA, and during his last turn, he logged 10 strikeouts in a game for the first time since May of 2016.
He may be in a spot to keep his run going. Even though he’ll be facing a quality lineup, Harvey has actually fared well in his meetings with the Cubs this season, notching a 2.65 ERA in three outings.
It’s also worth pointing out that those infamous Wrigley Field winds will be blowing in a bit, which can only help our cause. That can be very beneficial for Harvey, who has surrendered four taters in his last 16 innings. Hamels, meanwhile, has just been so good that he may not even need the help — he’s yielded only one homer in the 50.2 innings he’s thrown for the Cubbies.
Play: UNDER 8.5 (-110)