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Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds Prediction and Betting Odds

Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds and Betting Odds. The 8-7 Chicago Cubs are set to take on the 8-8 Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, Ohio tonight April 24, 2015, first pitch is scheduled 7:10 PM

Wagering Odds

Moneylines: Cubs -120 / Reds +100
O/U: 7.5 runs

Pitching Match Up

Chicago: Jon Lester (0-2, 6.89 ERA)
Cincinnati: Mike Leake (0-1, 3.92 ERA

In their last games: The Cubs lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-4 and the Reds lost to the Milwaukee Brewers 4-2.

The Cubs go into Cincinnati in the first game of a 3-game series. Jon Lester is 0-2 and gets the start for the Cubs and Mike Leake is 0-1 and gets the starting nod for the Reds. The Cubs open at -120 on the road with a total sitting at 7.5 runs. The Reds had their 3-game winning streak snapped in their last game and to say they have been mediocre this season would be an understatement. Not only are the 8-8, but they rank 16th in the Majors in runs scored and 15th in team ERA. The Cubs have lost 2 in a row and earlier this season at home they took 2 of 3 games from the Reds. They have also been a mediocre team so far on the young season ranking 14th in runs scored and 17th in team ERA.

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Here are some additional handicapping angles to ponder:

The Reds are 7-0 in Leake’s last 7 home starts against the Cubs.

The Reds are 6-2 in their last 8 home games against the Cubs.

The Reds are 35-16 in their last 51 games against the Cubs.

This season the Reds are 4-2 at home and the Cubs are 4-3 on the road.

STRAIGHT UP / OVER/UNDER / RUN LINE RECORDS

Chicago Cubs: 8-7 SU / O/U 7-6 / Run Line W/L 6-9
Cincinnati Reds: 8-8 SU / O/U 6-9 / Run Line W/L 9-7

Chicago at Cincinnati Key Betting Trends

• CHI is 5-1 in their last 6 games following a loss.
• CHI is 2-5 in their last 7 games as a road favorite.
• CHI has an Over record of 4-1-2 in their last 7 games.
• CINCY is 6-2 in their last 8 home games.
• CINCY is 7-2 in their last 9 home games vs. a team with a winning record.
• CINCY has an Under record of 5-1 in their last 6 games.

Key Player Injuries

REDS
[C] 04/23/2015 – Devin Mesoraco “?” Friday vs. Chicago Cubs ( Hip )
[CF] 04/04/2015 – Jason Bourgeois 60-day DL (4/5) ( Shoulder )
[P] 04/04/2015 – Sean Marshall 60-day DL (4/5) ( Shoulder )

CUBS
[3B] 04/17/2015 – Mike Olt 60-day DL (4/15) ( Wrist )
[P] 04/17/2015 – Neil Ramirez 15-day DL (4/16) ( Shoulder )
[CF] 04/23/2015 – Dexter Fowler “?” Friday vs. Cincinnati Reds ( Groin )
[P] 04/06/2015 – Tsuyoshi Wada 15-day DL (3/27) ( Groin )
[P] 04/06/2015 – Dallas Beeler 15-day DL (3/27) ( Shoulder )
[P] 04/06/2015 – Jacob Turner 60-day DL (3/27) ( Elbow )
[2B] 04/15/2015 – Tommy La Stella 15-day DL (4/9) ( Ribs )
[P] 04/10/2015 – Justin Grimm 15-day DL (4/2) ( Arm )

Free MLB Pick

When these 2 teams met in Chicago early in the season it was the same pitching match up as tonight. In that game the Reds won and Lester was tagged up for 6 earned runs in 6 innings of work. Leake had his best outing of the season in his last start in a win over the Cardinals where he went 8 innings and only gave up 2 earned runs off 4 hits. Lester was the big off-season acquisition for the Cubs and he has yet to get a win in a Chicago uniform.

Kris Bryant and Addison Russell are 2 of the best prospects in the Majors and they were not called up yet when these teams met in the beginning of the season. Bryant is 9/25 with 7 RBI since being called up from the minors. The Reds have only faced teams from the NL Central and while they are at home Lester will have a good start and get his first win of the season tonight, as the Cubs will take Game of this division series.

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