Cincinnati Reds vs. Chicago Cubs, Thursday, MLB Baseball Sports Betting, Las Vegas Odds, Picks and Predictions

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CINCINNATI REDS CHICAGO CUBS
50-71, 5th in National League Central August 17, 2:20 PM | Grass of Wrigley Field 63-56, 1st in National League Central
Cincinnati at Chi. Cubs, MLB Baseball Sports Betting Lines
When: 2:20 PM ET, Thursday, August 17, 2017
Where: Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois
TV: 2:20 p.m. ET, FSN Ohio (Cincinnati), CSN Chicago
PITCHING MATCHUP: Reds RH Scott Feldman (7-7, 4.43 ERA) vs. Cubs LH Jon Lester (8-7, 3.99)
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
Cincinnati Reds [S. Feldman -R] +1½ +105 +199 Ov 12½ -105
Chicago Cubs [J. Lester -L] -1½ -125 -215 Un 12½ -115
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The Cincinnati Reds and the Chicago Cubs will both be gunning for a victory on Thursday when they meet at Wrigley Field.

Scott Feldman will be the starting pitcher for the Reds on this day. Right hander Feldman is 7-7 this season with a 4.43 ERA.

Feldman’s opponent in this one will be Jon Lester. The Cubs left hander has a 3.99 ERA to go along with a 8-7 record this season.

Feldman returned from a four-week stint on the disabled list with a right knee injury to pitch at Milwaukee on Saturday, when he allowed three runs over four innings in a no-decision. The 34-year-old struck out six and only made one major mistake, giving up a three-run homer to Travis Shaw. Feldman was excellent at Wrigley Field when he pitched for the Cubs in 2013, going 4-2 with a 2.54 ERA in six starts, but he was tagged for seven runs – five earned – in 2 2/3 frames of a loss there earlier this season.

After capturing his first three starts after the All-Star break, Lester is winless in his last three outings. The 33-year-old struck out nine but allowed four runs – three earned – over six innings at Arizona on Saturday for his first defeat since July 9. Lester is 4-1 with a 3.79 ERA in 11 career starts against the Reds, including a 1-0 record this season.

Oddsmakers currently have the Cubs listed as 215-moneyline favorites versus the Reds, while the game’s total is sitting at 12½.

The Cincinnati Reds aren’t making things easy for the Chicago Cubs, and they’ll try to salvage a split of their four-game road series against the National League Central leaders on Thursday afternoon. Chicago leads the division by 1 1/2 games over Milwaukee but has had a tough time taking care of last-place Cincinnati in the last two games after a 15-5 rout in the opener.

Chicago’s bullpen squandered a five-run lead Wednesday before Javier Baez led off the ninth with a double and scored on a wild pitch for a 7-6 victory, which was the Cubs’ first walk-off win since May 4. Cincinnati has dropped four of its last five games, including two walk-off losses, after a stretch during which it notched four wins in five contests. Chicago is 8-4 against the Reds this season, including a 5-1 mark at Wrigley Field. Jon Lester – who will start the finale for the Cubs – has fared well against the Reds, but speedster Billy Hamilton has been trouble for the ace, going 7-for-16 with a pair of home runs.

Last time out for Chicago, they were a 7-6 winner as they battled the Reds on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Cubs at -225 were rewarded, while the 13 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

In their last action, Cincinnati was a 7-6 loser on the road against the Cubs. Bettors on Chicago at -225 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (13) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

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Cincinnati:
Team record: 50-71 SU
Cincinnati is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games
Cincinnati is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Cincinnati’s last 11 games

Chicago:
Team record: 63-56 SU
Chi Cubs is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
Chi Cubs is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games at home
Chi Cubs is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Cincinnati

Next up:
Cincinnati at Atlanta Friday, August 18
Chicago home to Toronto Friday, August 18

MLB BASEBALL SPORTS BETTING TIPS

1. Cincinnati 1B Joey Votto had his streak of reaching base at least twice snapped at 20 games on Wednesday, leaving him one shy of tying Ted Williams’ major-league record set in 1948.

2. The Cubs are 54-16 when scoring four or more runs, with five of the losses coming in Lester’s starts.

3. Reds SS Zack Cozart has hit six home runs in his last nine games at Wrigley Field.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

Chicago Cubs will win outright at -215 and the game will stay under 12½ runs according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com.

PREDICTION: Cubs 6, Reds 3 at bovada-logo-top-book.

SMART CHART
CIN TEAM CHC
4.67 RUNS 4.79
5.50 RUNS AGNST 4.35
-0.83 DIFF 0.44
-$1,419 MONEY -$1,890
5.30 TEAM ERA 3.93
8.66 OFF HITS 8.44
3.45 OFF WALKS 3.75
8.07 OFF Ks 8.55
9.10 DEF HITS 7.88
3.80 DEF WALKS 3.49
8.08 DEF Ks 8.76
INJURIES
CINCINNATI REDS
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
Caleb Cotham P 15-Day Disabled List
Devin Mesoraco C 15-Day Disabled List
A.J Morris P 15-Day Disabled List
Yorman Rodriguez OF 15-Day Disabled List
CHICAGO CUBS
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
Pedro Strop P 15-Day Disabled List
Dallas Beeler P 15-Day Disabled List
Aaron Brooks P 15-Day Disabled List
Zac Rosscup P 60-Day Disabled List
Kyle Schwarber OF 15-Day Disabled List
Christian Villanueva 3B 60-Day Disabled List
Chris Coghlan OF 15-Day Disabled List
Joe Smith P 15-Day Disabled List
BETTING TRENDS
CINCINNATI REDS
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Cincinnati’s last 11 games
Cincinnati is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
Cincinnati is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Cincinnati’s last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cincinnati’s last 6 games when playing Chi Cubs
The total has gone OVER in 12 of Cincinnati’s last 16 games when playing Chi Cubs
Cincinnati is 5-13 SU in their last 18 games when playing Chi Cubs
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Cincinnati’s last 7 games when playing on the road against Chi Cubs
Cincinnati is 1-8 SU in their last 9 games when playing on the road against Chi Cubs
CHICAGO CUBS
Chi Cubs are 4-2 SU in their last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chi Cubs’s last 6 games when playing Cincinnati
The total has gone OVER in 12 of Chi Cubs’s last 16 games when playing Cincinnati
Chi Cubs are 13-5 SU in their last 18 games when playing Cincinnati
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Chi Cubs’s last 7 games when playing at home against Cincinnati
Chi Cubs are 8-1 SU in their last 9 games when playing at home against Cincinnati
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Cincinnati’s Overall Scoring vs Chi Cubs’s Overall Defense 4.7 8 4.4 5
Cincinnati’s Away Scoring vs Chi Cubs’s Home Defense 4.3 10 4.7 10
Cincinnati’s Road ERA vs Chi Cubs’s Home ERA Allowed 5.6 15 4.6 6
Chi Cubs’s Overall Scoring vs Cincinnati’s Overall Defense 4.8 5 5.5 15
Chi Cubs’s Home Scoring vs Cincinnati’s Road Defense 4.9 6 5.7 15
Chi Cubs’s Home ERA vs Cincinnati’s Road ERA Allowed 4.2 10 4.1 7
TOP 3/BOTTOM 3
REDS
Reds are the third highest scoring team in the league at 4.3 runs per game.
Reds lead the league in walks with 3.6 per game.
Reds have the best hits allowed in the league, allowing 8.0 per game.
Reds are the third best in base on balls allowed, allowing 2.7 per game.
Reds lead the league in K’s with 8.0 per game.
CUBS
Cubs are second lowest scoring team in the league at 3.7 runs per game.
Cubs have the second worst hits stat in the league at 8.1 per game.
Cubs give up the most free passes in the league allowing 3.3 per game.

 

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