Expert MLB Odds Pick on Chicago Cubs at Cincinnati Reds
There is an old adage in sports that talks about “no pain, no gain,” but there are times when the literal translation can leave some players feeling bruised and beaten. Anthony Rizzo of the Chicago Cubs joined an elite group in the 30/30 club recently, which means he hit 30 HR on the season, but was also hit by pitches 30 times. He will be hoping to dodge further bullets when the Cubs play the Reds in Cincinnati on Thursday night where the Cubs are listed as MLB betting favorites for the match.
A Look at the Expert MLB Odds Pick on Chicago Cubs at Cincinnati Reds & Game Info
Date: Thursday, October 1st, 2015
Venue: Great American Ball Park
Opening Line: Cubs -133
— ESPN (@espn) September 29, 2015
The pain that Rizzo has felt this season has definitely been a gain for the Cubs (92-65), as they are now assured a place in the NL Wild Card game. While the Cubs have been an exciting team to watch this season, they have also shown that they can use great defense to win ball games, too. They are on a modest 3 game winning streak at the moment, but have only given up a single run over those 3 games. Chances are they are going to have to head to Pittsburgh to face the Pirates in the Wild Card match-up, and they are going to need all the defense they can muster against that offensive powerhouse. For now, though, the Cubs will be looking to get through this week without any of their key personnel getting hurt, which may mean that some guys come down with mystery illnesses over the next few days. Jason Hammel (9-7, 3.86 ERA) will get the start for the Cubs.
If the Cincinnati Reds (63-94) were in a prize fight, it’s safe to say that it would have been stopped by now. They are in danger of ending this season on a pretty awful losing skid, as the loss to the Cubs on Monday night saw their losing streak enter double digits. With the Pirates coming up to end the season, there looks to be no rest in sight for the Reds. There are a lot of reasons why Cincinnati have been so poor this season, but the total of 23 runs scored during this 10-game losing streak gives you a pretty good idea of where the major problem lies. Were it not for Joey Votto, this team might never get a run on the board. John Lamb (1-4, 5.40 ERA) will be on the mound for the Reds on Thursday night.
Key Online Betting Trends
Chi Cubs is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chi Cubs’s last 5 games
Chi Cubs is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Chi Cubs is 14-6 SU in its last 20 games when playing Cincinnati
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chi Cubs’s last 7 games when playing Cincinnati
Cincinnati is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Cincinnati’s last 7 games
Cincinnati is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Cincinnati’s last 6 games at home
Cincinnati is 6-14 SU in its last 20 games when playing Chi Cubs
Consider This Before Placing Your Bet
Even if the Cubs do decide to give a few of their main players the night off, they should still be good enough to get the win here. Heck, they only have to put a couple of runs on the board to secure the win.