Reds vs. Cubs Friday Prediction
National League Central rivals will meet at Wrigley Field this weekend, starting on Friday afternoon when the Cubs host the Reds at 2:20 p.m. ET. Are the Cubs a safe bet to cash for bettors on the runline?
Game Snapshot & Odds
951 Cincinnati Reds (+140) at 952 Chicago Cubs (-161); N/A runs
Friday, May 24, 2019
2:20 p.m. ET, Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL
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Public Betting Trends
According to our MLB Public Betting Chart page, 79% of the betting tickets are on the Cubs to beat the Reds on the moneyline.
Cincinnati Reds Fantasy Spin
Derek Dietrich pounded his 12th homer Wednesday in the Reds’ loss to Milwaukee. Dietrich singled and scored in the second before adding to his haul by pummeling a two-out solo bomb in the third. He also found time in his busy schedule to draw a fifth-inning walk and a seventh-inning hit-by-pitch. The 29-year-old has flexed his power muscles by slugging 12 taters this year, which is only four off the career-high he set last season. He’s worth a stab in deeper fantasy leagues.
Chicago Cubs Fantasy Spin
Anthony Rizzo had a monster game in a losing effort, going 4-for-5 with a home run, three RBI and three runs scored on Thursday versus the Phillies. The Cubs fell way behind early but mounted several rallies to claw their way back into the contest before ultimately falling short at the end. Rizzo laced a two-run single in the fourth inning to get the Cubs on the board and added a solo shot off reliever Pat Neshek in the seventh. He is putting himself into the MVP conversation (although he trails Cody Bellinger and Christian Yelich right now) by slugging .274/.391/.571 with 13 home runs, 37 RBI and 33 runs scored in 44 games.
MLB Betting Trends
The Reds are 18-41 in their last 59 road games.
The Cubs have won 17 of their last 24 games overall and are 13-5 in their last 18 home games.
The Cubs are 5-2 in Kyle Hendricks’ last seven home starts versus the Reds, who are just 7-22 in their last 29 games played at Wrigley Field. The Reds are also 2-5 in Anthony DeSclafani’s last seven starts versus the Cubs and are 27-55 in their last 82 meetings with Chicago overall. Finally, the Cubs are a perfect 4-0 in Hendricks’ last four starts and are 8-2 in his last 10 outings at home.
The Pick: Chicago Cubs -1.5