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Moneyline favors Reds in battle with Cubs

Cincinnati RedsChicago Cubs
Aug 6, 1:05 PM | GrassWrigley Field

Cincinnati Reds vs Chicago Cubs Odds

54-58TEAM RECORD48-65

The Cincinnati Reds will look to grab a road win when they take on the Cubs in Chicago at Wrigley Field on Saturday in baseball odds action.

Johnny Cueto, with a record of 7-4 on the season, gets the ball for the Reds, while the Cubs trot Carlos Zambrano to the mound in this one. He is 8-6 so far in 2011.

View Cincinnati vs Chi Cubs Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened as 130 moneyline favorites in this one at most online sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark. The total opened at 999 for those preferring over under wagers.

Power Rankings:
This game matches up the No. 11 (Cubs) and the No. 8 (Reds) teams in their respective leagues, according to our current MLB Power Rankings.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Chicago's No. 9 ranked National League offense (4 runs per game) against a Reds defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 9 in the National League at 4.3 runs allowed per game. The Cubs have been averaging 8.9 hits per game, less than the Reds have managed so far this season (9 hits on average).

Chicago owns the National League's No. 15 defense, allowing 4.9 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Cincinnati's National League No. 9-rated defense.

Last time out for Cincinnati, they were a 4-3 loser as they battled the Cubs on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Cubs at -110 were rewarded, while the 7 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Cincinnati didn't get the job done in their last match, falling 4-3 to Chicago on Friday at Wrigley Field.

Cincinnati Reds Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Chi Cubs are 6-4
After playing Chi Cubs are 7-3
After a loss are 5-5

Chicago Cubs Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 2-8
Before playing Cincinnati are 4-6
After playing Cincinnati are 5-5
After a win are 7-3

A few Reds at Cubs trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Cincinnati's last 8 games on the road
Cincinnati is 16-5 SU in their last 21 games when playing Chi Cubs
Cincinnati is 6-2 SU in their last 8 games when playing on the road against Chi Cubs
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Cincinnati's last 7 games when playing on the road against Chi Cubs
Chi Cubs are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Chi Cubs' last 7 games at home
Chi Cubs are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Chi Cubs' last 8 games

Next up:
Cincinnati at Chi Cubs, Sunday, August 7

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