Cincinnati Reds vs. Chicago Cubs
The Reds and the Cubs face off on Sunday as they close out their series in Cincinnati. The Reds are -176 favorites over the Cubs with an over/under run total set at 7.5.
The Cincinnati Reds continue to do what they can do to catch the Cardinals and that is continue to win games and they did so once again on Saturday. Ryan Hanigan had two hits, Brandon Phillips had a hit and scored two runs, and Jay Bruce had a hit as the Reds scored five runs on seven hits in all. Starting pitcher Homer Bailey allowed five hits and two earned runs while striking out eight over 6.0 innings to get the win to go to 3-3 on the season and Aroldis Chapman earned his 12 save. For Sunday’s game Cincinnati starts Johnny Cueto who makes his second start since returning from the DL. Cueto has allowed 15 hits and eight earned runs while striking out 26 over 22.1 innings for a 2-0 record and a 3.22 ERA.
The Chicago Cubs continue to slide as they lost their sixth game in a row falling to the Reds on Saturday. Anthony Rizzo had three hits, Nate Schierholtz had two hits, and Alfonso Soriano had a hit as the Cubs scored two runs on six hits. Starting pitcher Travis Wood was hit hard as he allowed two runs on six hits in all to take the loss and fall to 4-3 on the season. For Sunday’s game the Cubs start Matt Garza who makes his second start of the year. In his only start Garza allowed one hit and struck out five over 5.0 scoreless innings getting a no decision in Pittsburgh.
Cincinnati is 18-5 in their last 23 home games, 2-34 in their last 106 games as a favorite, and 19-7 Cueto’s last 26 home starts. Chicago is 15-39 in their last 54 road games, 7-20 after losing the first two games of a series, and 0-4 in Garza’s last four starts as a road underdog. Chicago is 7-20 in their last 27 games in Cincinnati.
The Reds are a big favorite and while they should be a favorite the price here isn’t great but it’s playable to some extent.
Cincinnati Reds -176 Chicago Cubs