Baseball Odds – Chicago Cubs at Cincinnati

May 8th, 2024 Betting on MLB Baseball

Baseball odds on Friday include a matchup in Cincinnati between the Reds and Chicago Cubs. It is the opener of a three-game series between the two teams. Baseball betting odds are very competitive on this matchup since both teams are very close in the standings.

MLB odds at the sports book normally favor the Cubs in their games because Chicago has a high public appeal. Oftentimes that favorite’s role is not deserved since Chicago is not a great team. The Reds on the other hand oftentimes go under the radar at the online sportsbook since they don’t have the big name and they can present good value in MLB odds.

Trends for this MLB odds matchup show that the teams have split their last 20 meetings and they have also split their last 10 games at Cincinnati. Last season the teams had two series in Cincinnati and in the six games the Reds won four of the six versus the baseball betting odds at the sports book. The advantage that Cincinnati has is depth in their pitching staff. The Cubs have Carlos Zambrano but the Reds have four quality starters in Bronson Arroyo, Aaron Harang, Johnny Cueto and Edinson Volquez. The Reds have been so solid in pitching that their team ERA is in the Top 10 in the league as MLB betting odds numbers indicate. Cincinnati also has an offense that can put up some runs versus the MLB odds with Jay Bruce and Joey Votto. Cincinnati has actually been better on the road than at home this season so that is something to consider in this baseball odds matchup.

The Cubs have struggled away from home this season versus the MLB odds at the online sportsbook. Chicago just has not gotten enough pitching on the road to win consistently versus the baseball betting odds. Their offense is nothing special either as it ranks in the bottom half of the league as baseball odds numbers show.

The under has been the way to go versus the baseball odds when these teams have met recently in Cincinnati. The under is 6-3-1 in the last 19 meetings versus the MLB odds total.

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