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.