There’s no sense in beating around the bush MLB baseball betting fans. The Chicago Cubs look like an absolute lock selection when they visit the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday night for one main reason. With the nearly unhittable Jake Arrieta on the mound for the National League World Series hopefuls, things don’t look very good for the Reds. Now let’s find out why!
How To Bet The Cubs @ Reds MLB Odds, TV & Game Info
When: Thursday, April 21 – 7:10 PM EST
Where: Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, Ohio
TV: CSN+, FS-O
Probable Starters: Cubs: Jake Arrieta (3-0) vs Reds: Brandon Finnegan (1-0)
MLB Odds: TBA
Why Bet the Chicago Cubs
The Cubbies look like a great wager if only because the incomparable Jake Arrieta is on the mound. The reigning NL Cy Young winner has been downright stupendous in allowing just three earned runs over three starts this season. Arrieta tossed eight shutout innings against Colorado on Saturday and has won 13 of his last 14 decisions while compiling a club record 23 consecutive quality starts. Chicago has won two straight and three of its last four heading into Wednesday night.
Why Bet the Cincinnati Reds
The Reds look like decent wager because hey, they’re playing at home and have a talented starter on the hill tonight. Brandon Finnegan has been rock-solid in not allowing more than two earned runs in his first two starts this season. Unfortunately, Finnegan got smacked around for four earned runs on four hits and four walks in just five innings of a 9-8 win over St. Louis on Saturday. Finnegan was rocked when he gave up a three-run homer to St. Louis’ Stephen Piscotty in the second inning.
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
Again, this pick is as easy as pie. The Cubs are 7-1 in their last eight road games against a left-handed starter, an insane 38-17 in their last 55 road games and a perfect 9-0 in Jake Arrieta’s last nine starts against their NL Central division rivals.
With the Reds going just 1-5 in their last six games against their NL Central rivals and an identical 1-5 in their last six games against a right-handed starter, I say the Cubs win by three runs or more.
My final score prediction: Cubs 5 Reds 1