Cubs vs. Reds Prediction
Will the Chicago Cubs have any trouble when they go on the road to face the Cincinnati Reds at 7:10PM ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Thursday, June 21, 2018
7:10PM ET – Great American Ball Park
TV: NSCH; FSO
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers, the Cubs are favored on the road, as they are getting odds of -160 to win. The Reds are listed with a money line of +135 to prevail, while the over/under total has been set at 9.5 runs. The public betting for this game currently has 82 percent of the wagers going on the Cubs. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Cubs silence Dodgers
The Chicago Cubs are coming into this series having won a pair of games over the Dodgers where they held them to just one run over the two games. Chicago is now 42-29 overall and 21-15 on the road. The Cubs are averaging 4.87 runs per game this season while allowing 3.48 per contest.
Kyle Hendricks is getting the start for the Cubs this evening. He has started 14 games this year and has a 5-6 record with a 3.55 ERA and 1.15 WHIP. Hendricks has pitched a total of 83.2 innings and has 64 strikeouts with 23 walks.
Reds on a win streak
This season hasn’t been great for the Cincinnati Reds, but they are currently on a three-game win streak after a pair of wins over the Detroit Tigers. The Reds are 28-45 overall and 13-23 at home. Cincinnati is putting up 4.32 runs per game this season while allowing 5.15 per contest.
Matt Harvey gets the start this evening for the Reds. He has started 11 games and appeared in 15 this season between the Reds and Mets. He has a 1-5 record with a 5.92 ERA and 1.38 WHIP. Over 62.1 innings of work, Harvey has 46 strikeouts with 19 walks.
MLB Betting Trends
The Cubs are 8-1 in Hendricks’ last 9 Thursday starts and they are 11-4 in their last 15 road games. They also have won six of their last eight series openers.
The Reds have lost Harvey’s last four starts and they also have lost 21 of their last 27 games against NL Central opponents.
Harvey had some early promise for the Reds, but he has struggled in his last four starts for Cincy. He has given up 17 runs over his last 21.1 innings on the mound. Hendricks is the much more reliable starter tonight and the Cubs have the better lineup at the plate as well. Chicago should be able to handle Cincinnati tonight.
The Pick: Chicago Cubs -160