Cubs vs. Reds Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets – Friday, May 31, 2024

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The Chicago Cubs (28-29) are -136 favorites to break their two-game losing streak when they face the Cincinnati Reds (24-32), losers of two in a row. The game begins Friday at 2:20 PM ET on MARQ, live from Wrigley Field.

Chicago’s Javier Assad gets the start, and he’ll go against Cincinnati’s Graham Ashcraft.

Cubs vs. Reds Odds

  • Cubs odds to win: -136
  • Reds odds to win: +116
  • Spread: Cubs -1.5
  • Total: 8.5 runs
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    Game Time and Information

  • Date: Friday, May 31, 2024
  • Time: 2:20 PM ET
  • TV: MARQ
  • Who Will Win Cubs vs. Reds?

    Cubs and Reds Betting Trends

    The Cubs have been favored on the moneyline 23 total times this season. They’ve finished 12-11 in those games.

    When it has played as moneyline favorites with odds of -136 or shorter, Chicago has a record of 8-2 (80%).

    This season, the Reds have won 13 out of the 33 games, or 39.4%, in which they’ve been the underdog.

    Cincinnati has a record of 7-11, a 38.9% win rate, when it’s set as an underdog of +116 or more by bookmakers this season.

    In the 57 games in which bookmakers have set an over/under for the Cubs, they have combined with opponents to go over the total 25 times (25-30-2).

    The Reds and their opponents have hit the over in 25 of their 56 games with a total this season.

    Cubs Stats & Insights

    The Cubs are the 14th-highest scoring team in baseball averaging 4.3 runs per game (244 total).

    Chicago averages one home run per game to rank 18th in baseball with 55 total home runs .

    The Cubs’ .228 batting average ranks 26th in the majors.

    Chicago strikes out 8.8 times per game to rank 23rd in the majors.

    The Cubs pitching staff ranks fifth in the majors with a collective 8.9 strikeouts per nine innings.

    Chicago’s 3.93 team ERA ranks 15th among all MLB pitching staffs.

    Reds Stats & Insights

    The Reds have scored 227 runs (4.1 per game) this season, which ranks 21st in MLB.

    Cincinnati ranks 19th in Major League Baseball with 52 home runs.

    The Reds have a team batting average of just .216 this season, which ranks 29th among MLB teams.

    Cincinnati ranks 25th with an average of 9.2 strikeouts per game.

    The Reds have an 8.5 K/9 this season as a pitching staff, which ranks 17th in the majors.

    Cincinnati has the 14th-ranked ERA (3.92) in the majors this season.

    Cubs Key Players to Watch

    Assad (4-1 with a 2.17 ERA and 54 strikeouts in 58 2/3 innings pitched) gets the start for the Cubs, his 12th of the season.

    Nico Hoerner is batting .257 with two home runs and 15 RBI for Chicago this season.

    Christopher Morel leads Chicago in home runs with 10 and runs batted in with 35.

    Cody Bellinger is batting .267 to lead Chicago, while adding eight homers and 26 runs batted in this season.

    Mike Tauchman has collected 46 hits this season and has an OBP of .366. He’s slugging .394 on the year.

    Reds Key Players to Watch

    Ashcraft (4-3) will take the mound for the Reds, his 11th start of the season.

    Spencer Steer leads the Reds with 35 runs batted in.

    Elly De La Cruz has shown off his power as he leads his team with nine home runs with a team-best .249 batting average.

    Jonathan India has four doubles, a triple, three home runs and 29 walks while batting .222.

    Jeimer Candelario has 13 doubles, two triples, six home runs and 17 walks while hitting .224.

    Cubs and Reds Injuries

    Cubs: Jordan Wicks: 15 Day IL (Forearm), Yency Almonte: 15 Day IL (Shoulder), Colten Brewer: 15 Day IL (Back), Keegan Thompson: 15 Day IL (Illness), Daniel Palencia: 15 Day IL (Shoulder), Adbert Alzolay: 15 Day IL (Forearm), Julian Merryweather: 60 Day IL (Shoulder), Caleb Kilian: 60 Day IL (Shoulder)

    Reds: Christian Encarnacion-Strand: 10 Day IL (Hand), Emilio Pagán: 15 Day IL (Tricep), Justin Wilson: 15 Day IL (Shoulder), Ian Gibaut: 60 Day IL (Forearm), Tejay Antone: 60 Day IL (Elbow), Brandon Williamson: 60 Day IL (Shoulder), Matt McLain: 60 Day IL (Shoulder)

    Cubs vs. Reds Prediction

  • Score Prediction: Cubs 4, Reds 3
  • Total Prediction: Under 8.5 runs
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