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MLB BASEBALL

Cincinnati Reds vs. Chicago Cubs

If familiarity breeds contempt, there should be animosity aplenty on Thursday when the Cincinnati Reds and the Chicago Cubs meet at Wrigley Field.

The Reds will trot Mat Latos out to the mound in this one. Righthander Latos has a 6-0 record and a 2.87 ERA this season.

It'll be Jeff Samardzija toeing the rubber for the Cubs in this contest. Righthander Samardzija is 3-7 with a 3.18 ERA so far this season.

The Reds were a 2-1 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Cubs. That made winners of bettors who got Cincinnati at -118 on the moneyline, while the total score (3) was good news for UNDER bettors.

Current streak:
Cincinnati has won 3 straight games.
Chicago has lost 3 straight games.

Team records:
Cincinnati: 40-26 SU
Chicago: 25-38 SU

Cincinnati most recently:
When playing on Thursday are 7-3
Before playing Milwaukee are 4-6
After playing Chi Cubs are 7-3
After a win are 5-5

Chicago most recently:
When playing on Thursday are 7-3
Before playing NY Mets are 6-4
After playing Cincinnati are 4-6
After a loss are 3-7

A few trends to consider:
Cincinnati is 5-0 SU in their last 5 games when playing on the road against Chi Cubs
Cincinnati is 9-1 SU in their last 10 games when playing Chi Cubs
Cincinnati is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Cincinnati's last 6 games when playing on the road against Chi Cubs
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chi Cubs's last 6 games when playing at home against Cincinnati
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Chi Cubs's last 9 games when playing Cincinnati
The total has gone OVER in 15 of Chi Cubs's last 23 games at home
Chi Cubs are 1-5 SU in their last 6 games

Next up:
Cincinnati home to Milwaukee, Friday, June 14
Chi Cubs at NY Mets, Friday, June 14