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Chicago Cubs take on Reds in baseball test

Chicago CubsCincinnati Reds
May 16, 7:10 PM | GrassGreat American Ball Park

Chicago Cubs vs Cincinnati Reds Odds

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The Cincinnati Reds look to emerge victorious in MLB odds action as the Cubs arrive at Great American Ball Park on Monday.

For the Reds, Homer Bailey gets the ball, charged with keeping the Cubs hitters off the base paths. He'll face Carlos Zambrano, 4-1 on the year.

View Chi Cubs vs Cincinnati Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had set the Reds as -145 favorites on the opening moneyline for this contest. The over under opened at 8.5 for bettors hoping to turn a profit on totals.

Power Rankings:
This game puts the Reds, most recently No. 5 in the National League Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings, up against the Cubs, who rate a National League No. 10 in the latest survey.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Cincinnati's No. 2 ranked National League offense (5.3 runs per game) against a Cubs defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 15 in the National League at 4.8 runs allowed per game. The Reds have been averaging 9.2 hits per game, less than the Cubs have managed so far this season (9.7 hits on average).

Defensively, Chicago features the National League's No. 15-rated defense on the road, allowing 5 runs per game. Cincinnati, meanwhile, comes in at No. 1 in the National League at home, scoring 6 runs per game.

The Reds were a 9-7 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Cardinals. That made winners of bettors who got Cincinnati at -102 on the moneyline, while the total score (16) was good news for OVER bettors. Cincinnati got the job done in their last match in a 9-7 victory over St. Louis on Sunday at Great American Ball Park behind starter Travis Wood.

Chicago Cubs Trends:
When playing on Monday are 7-3
Before playing Cincinnati are 6-4
After playing San Francisco are 3-7
After a loss are 5-5

Cincinnati Reds Trends:
When playing on Monday are 5-5
Before playing Chi Cubs are 7-3
After playing St. Louis are 6-4
After a win are 6-4

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

Next up:
Chi Cubs at Cincinnati, Tuesday, May 17