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MLB betting line favors Reds over Cubs

Cincinnati RedsChicago Cubs
Sep 20, 2:20 PM | GrassWrigley Field

Cincinnati Reds vs Chicago Cubs Odds

90-59TEAM RECORD58-91

The Chicago Cubs host Cincinnati on Thursday, looking to build on their 58-91 mark against the 90-59 Reds in MLB betting action at Wrigley Field.

The Cubs will turn to Jason Berken and his 0-1 record as they look for a win in this one, while the Reds send Johnny Cueto (17-9) to the hill.

View Cincinnati vs Chi Cubs Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're backing the visitors in this one, you'll find the Reds listed as favorites of 170 at most sportsbooks. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 999, depending on the book.

Power Rankings:
The Cubs - Reds odds would favor the Reds if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Chicago is rated No. 15 in the current National League Odds Shark poll, while Cincinnati is at No. 5 in the National League.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Chicago's No. 15 ranked National League offense (3.8 runs per game) against a Reds defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 2 in the National League at 3.7 runs allowed per game. The Cubs have been averaging 8 hits per game, less than the Reds have managed so far this season (8.6 hits on average).

Chicago owns the National League's No. 14 defense, allowing 4.6 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Cincinnati's National League No. 2-rated defense.

In their last action, Cincinnati was a 6-5 winner on the road against the Cubs. Bettors on Cincinnati at -144 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (11) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well. Cincinnati won a close affair on Wednesday in their last outing, defeating Chicago 6-5 in extra innings at Wrigley Field.

Cincinnati Reds Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing LA Dodgers are 5-5
After playing Chi Cubs are 8-2
After a win are 5-5

Chicago Cubs Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 2-8
Before playing St. Louis are 6-4
After playing Cincinnati are 3-7
After a loss are 3-7

A few Reds at Cubs trends to consider:
Cincinnati is 5-0 SU in their last 5 games when playing on the road against Chi Cubs
Cincinnati is 8-1 SU in their last 9 games when playing Chi Cubs
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Cincinnati's last 10 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cincinnati's last 5 games when playing on the road against Chi Cubs
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chi Cubs' last 5 games when playing at home against Cincinnati
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Chi Cubs' last 10 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chi Cubs' last 6 games when playing Cincinnati
Chi Cubs are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games

Next up:
Cincinnati home to LA Dodgers, Friday, September 21
Chi Cubs home to St. Louis, Friday, September 21

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