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Dontrelle Willis out to silence Cubs bats in MLB contest

Chicago CubsCincinnati Reds
Sep 12, 7:10 PM | GrassGreat American Ball Park

Chicago Cubs vs Cincinnati Reds Odds

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The Chicago Cubs will look to grab a road win when they take on the Reds in Cincinnati at Great American Ball Park on Monday in baseball odds action.

Rodrigo Lopez, with a record of 4-5 on the season, gets the ball for the Cubs, while the Reds trot Dontrelle Willis to the mound in this one. He is 0-5 so far in 2011.

View Chi Cubs vs Cincinnati Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to back visiting Chicago before the first pitch in this match will find them as +-160-moneyline underdogs. They will see an opening total of 9.5.

Power Rankings:
The MLB Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Reds rated this week at No. 9 and the Cubs sitting at No. 11.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to getting on base, the visiting Cubs rank No. 5 in the National League at 8.9 hits per game. That compares with Cincinnati’s No. 3 ranking in that category.

Defensively, Chicago features the National League's No. 16-rated defense on the road, allowing 5 runs per game. Cincinnati, meanwhile, comes in at No. 2 in the National League at home, scoring 4.9 runs per game.

The Cubs were a 10-6 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Mets. That made winners of bettors who got Chicago at -118 on the moneyline, while the total score (16) was good news for OVER bettors. Chicago needed extra innings to get the job done against the Mets on Sunday as the Cubs defeated them 10-6 at Citi Field.

Last time out for Cincinnati, they were a 4-1 loser as they battled the Rockies on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Rockies at -112 were rewarded, while the 5 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The Reds were saddled with a loss last time out in Edinson Volquez's start, as they lost 4-1 against Colorado on Sunday at Coors Field.

Chicago Cubs Trends:
When playing on Monday are 2-8
Before playing Cincinnati are 5-5
After playing NY Mets are 6-4
After a win are 4-6

Cincinnati Reds Trends:
When playing on Monday are 6-4
Before playing Chi Cubs are 5-5
After playing Colorado are 4-6
After a loss are 6-4

A few Cubs at Reds trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chi Cubs' last 6 games when playing on the road against Cincinnati
Chi Cubs are 5-2 SU in their last 7 games
Chi Cubs are 5-2 SU in their last 7 games when playing Cincinnati
The total has gone OVER in 15 of Chi Cubs' last 22 games on the road
Cincinnati is 5-1 SU in their last 6 games when playing at home against Chi Cubs
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Cincinnati's last 6 games when playing at home against Chi Cubs
Cincinnati is 17-8 SU in their last 25 games when playing Chi Cubs
Cincinnati is 4-9 SU in its last 13 games

Next up:
Chi Cubs at Cincinnati, Tuesday, September 13