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Cubs open as moneyline underdog vs Reds

Chicago CubsCincinnati Reds
May 17, 7:10 PM | GrassGreat American Ball Park

Chicago Cubs vs Cincinnati Reds Odds

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MLB wagering interest swings to the Cincinnati vs Chicago battle on Tuesday at Great American Ball Park as the Reds try to defend home turf and reward moneyline bettors.

Cincinnati sends Edinson Volquez out against Matt Garza for the Cubs in this game. Volquez is 3-1 with a 5.74 ERA on the season, while Garza is 2-4 on the year and has a 4.17 ERA.

View Chi Cubs vs Cincinnati Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're backing the visitors in this one, you'll find the Cubs listed as underdogs of +-135 at most sportsbooks. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 8, depending on the book.

Power Rankings:
According to new MLB Power Rankings here, it's the National League No. 5-ranked Reds and the National League No. 10-rated Cubs in this matchup.

How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Cincinnati's National League No. 1-ranked scoring average of 5.3 runs per game, against a Cubs offense rated No. 11 and scoring 4.1 runs per game in the league. The Reds have averaged 9.2 hits per game to date this season, less than the Cubs hitters have managed (9.7 per nine innings).

Cincinnati owns the National League's No. 13 defense, allowing 4.4 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Chicago's National League No. 15-rated defense.

Last time out for Chicago, they were a 7-4 loser as they battled the Reds on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Reds at -156 were rewarded, while the 11 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. The Cubs endured a 7-4 loss at the hands of the Reds on Monday, with Carlos Zambrano throwing 5 1/3 innings of 6-hit ball at Great American Ball Park.

Chicago Cubs Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 4-6
Before playing Florida are 6-4
After playing Cincinnati are 4-6
After a loss are 5-5

Cincinnati Reds Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 7-3
Before playing Pittsburgh are 5-5
After playing Chi Cubs are 7-3
After a win are 7-3

A few Cubs at Reds trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Chi Cubs' last 7 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chi Cubs' last 6 games
Chi Cubs are 2-5 SU in their last 7 games
Chi Cubs are 2-9 SU in their last 11 games when playing Cincinnati
Cincinnati is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Cincinnati's last 5 games at home
Cincinnati is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Cincinnati's last 6 games

Next up:
Chi Cubs at Florida, Wednesday, May 18
Cincinnati home to Pittsburgh, Wednesday, May 18