Cubs vs. Reds Prediction
The Cincinnati Reds are actually getting a little momentum building following a win over the Chicago Cubs on Thursday. Can they earn another victory tonight at 7:10PM ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Friday, June 22, 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 -145 to win. The Reds are listed with a money line of +125 to prevail, while the over/under total has been set at 9 runs. The public betting for this game currently has 85 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 fall in opener
The Chicago Cubs dropped the opener to the Reds on Thursday night, 6-2. It was their third loss in five games. Chicago is now 42-30 overall and 21-16 on the road. The Cubs are averaging 4.83 runs per game this season while allowing 3.51 per contest.
Jose Quintana takes the mound for the Cubs tonight. He has started 14 games this season and has a 6-5 record with a 4.06 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP. Quintana has pitched a total of 75.1 innings and has 73 strikeouts with 35 walks.
Reds on a win streak
The Cincinnati Reds have won four straight games, all by multiple runs, coming into Friday night’s game. It’s their second-longest win streak of the season. The Reds are 29-45 overall and 14-23 at home. Cincinnati is putting up 4.34 runs per game this season while allowing 5.11 per contest.
Luis Castillo gets the start for the Reds this evening. He is just 4-8 through 15 starts in 2018, carrying a 5.77 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP. Castillo has pitched a total of 78.0 innings and has 76 strikeouts with 31 walks.
MLB Betting Trends
The Cubs have won six straight Friday games and 11 of their last 16 road contests. They also have won 10 of Quintana’s last 12 starts against NL Central opponents.
They Reds have lost Castillo’s last four starts and seven of their last 28 games against NL Central opponents.
The Reds managed to get past the Cubs on Thursday, but I don’t see the Reds being able to continue to win. They just don’t have the pitching to sustain victories. Quintana hasn’t been great either, but he has pitched well in the division and has the better hitters to support him, as well as a better bullpen.
The Pick: Chicago Cubs -145