This Friday, we have an exciting MLB matinee matchup between the Cincinnati Reds and the Chicago Cubs. In this National league Central showdown, baseball betting enthusiasts have a lot to look forward to. However, which team will take the first win for this series? Here is what our baseball betting experts have to say with their Reds vs Cubs Betting Pick and analysis.
For this game, the Chicago Cubs will be hosting the Cincinnati Reds from historic Wrigley Field at 2:20 PM EDT. The sportsbooks have Chicago as the favorite at -155 betting odds and Cincinnati as the underdog at +135. Not taking Reds fans into consideration, the odds are not surprising to baseball handicappers. This is because the Reds are currently at the bottom of the NL Central rankings with a 21-28 record. However, the Cubs are not much better off in the NL Central as they rank third with a 22-27 record.
Therefore, the public perception is that this will be a close game.
Reds vs Cubs Baseball Betting Odds
Cincinnati Reds +135
Chicago Cubs -155
Over 7 at -110
Under 7 at -110
Reds vs Cubs Betting Prediction and Analysis for 05/26/2023
The Chicago Cubs have lost 8 of their last 11 games. Furthermore, they have fallen five games off the pace in the NL Central Division race. However, they won their last 2 of 3 games against the Mets who rank second in the NL East. Last night, the Cubs had a tough time against the Mets with Kyle Hendricks giving up 5 runs.
For tonight’s matchup against the Reds, Chicago will have Justin Steele on the mound. In four of his last five starts, he only let 3 runs or fewer get by. While it is true that Steele has fallen a little in May, he remains an Ace. In Fact, he could be well on his way to earning some Cy Young Award votes for the Chicago Cubs.
So far this year, the Cubs pitching staff have a WHIP of 1.222 with a FIP of 3.95. In addition, they currently have a K/BB ratio of 8.50 (401 strikeouts vs 142 walks).
On the other hand, the Reds lost to the Cardinals 8-5 on Tuesday. However, they won two of the first three games 6-5 and 10-3. During yesterday’s matchup, Cincinnati out-hit the Cardinals 7-6 in a tough 2-1 loss. Furthermore, they went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position and left eight men on base during their loss.
According to betting odds, Cincinnati has a slugging percentage of .379 and have struck out 447 times. Furthermore, so far this year they have 208 RBI’s and 405 hits and their average at the plate is .248.
Reds vs Cubs Baseball Betting Pick
Game time: 05/26/2023 at 2:20 PM EDT
Bet on the Chicago Cubs at -155
Through 50 games, Cincinnati ranks twentieth in OPS and sixteenth in scoring runs. For the season, Chicago ranks sixth in OPS and twelfth in scoring runs
According to those who bet on baseball, both teams have been struggling over the last two weeks. However, Chicago is coming off of a nice series win against the Mets. In addition, Wil Myers has been missing in consecutive games and is on a day-to-day on the Red’s roster. Therefore, we predict the Chicago Cubs will win and cover the spread with a final score of 4-3.