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Friday’s MLB Over/Under: Harvey, Hamels Take The Mound at Wrigley Field

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.

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Credit:

David Kohl, USA Today Sports. Pictured: Matt Harvey

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