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Cincinnati Reds vs. Chicago Cubs

Divisional bragging rights will be on the line on Friday when the Cincinnati Reds and the Chicago Cubs meet at Wrigley Field.

Righthander Mike Leake will take the mound for the Reds to start this game. Leake is 1-1 this season with a 4.34 ERA.

The Cubs will counter Leake with Carlos Villanueva. Righthander Villanueva has a 2.29 ERA to go along with a 1-1 record this season.

Last time out for Cincinnati, they were a 4-2 loser as they battled the Cardinals on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Cardinals at -115 were rewarded, while the 6 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

Chicago was a 4-2 loser in its last match at home against the Padres. They lost as -121 favorites, while the total score of 6 made winners of UNDER bettors.

Current streak:
Cincinnati has lost 2 straight games.

Team records:
Cincinnati: 15-14 SU
Chicago: 11-17 SU

Cincinnati most recently:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing Chi Cubs are 7-3
After playing St. Louis are 3-7
After a loss are 4-6

Chicago most recently:
When playing on Friday are 3-7
Before playing Cincinnati are 3-7
After playing San Diego are 4-6
After a loss are 5-5

A few trends to consider:
Cincinnati is 5-0 SU in their last 5 games when playing on the road against Chi Cubs
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Cincinnati's last 5 games when playing on the road against Chi Cubs
Cincinnati is 6-1 SU in their last 7 games when playing Chi Cubs
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Cincinnati's last 6 games when playing Chi Cubs
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chi Cubs's last 5 games when playing at home against Cincinnati
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chi Cubs's last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chi Cubs's last 6 games when playing Cincinnati
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Chi Cubs's last 10 games

Next up:
Chi Cubs home to Cincinnati, Saturday, May 4