Let’s play two, and let’s bet on two. We will get to the Cubs vs. Reds betting preview with odds, picks, and predictions for both games of this afternoon’s twin bill. But first, an important Illinois online sports betting update.
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Cubs vs. Reds Betting Preview
Let’s take a look at the Cubs vs. Reds betting odds and matchups for Saturday, August 29th.
The Cubs are scuffling at the moment and today they will try to get back on track against a Reds squad that is suddenly only four-games out of first-place in N.L. Central. That will be a difficult task in the opener as they will take on Reds ace Trevor Bauer, who has been sensational this year and almost unhittable in his two doubleheader starts. Bauer went the distance in both games, allowing no runs and a total of just three hits.
In fact, the Reds have excelled in double headers this season, going 5-1 over three twin bills.
For Chicago, Yu Darvish (5-1, 1.70 ERA) has also been outstanding. Sporting a pristine 0.92 WHIP entering today’s start, Darvish was masterful last Sunday against the White Sox. He yielded just one run over seven innings of work while striking out 10 and walking one.
Darvish, however, wasn’t great against the Reds a season ago, going just 1-2 with a 4.60 ERA in 5 starts.
In game two, Alec Mills will oppose Tejay Antone. Mills had been struggling entering his last start in Detroit. He had yielded 10 earned runs in only 9 2/3 IP and was hit around against the Cardinals to the tune of seven hits and six earned runs in just 3 2/3 IP.
He bounced back against the Tigers on Tuesday night with a strong seven inning effort in which he yielded just three runs while striking out seven. He’ll look to carry that momentum into today’s start against a Reds team he limited to two runs over six innings last month.
As for Antone, the rookie has had success this season, striking out more than 12 batters per nine innings while pitching to a 1.65 ERA.
Chicago had dominated this series in recent years, compiling a .671 winning-percentage from 2015-2018 against the Reds, but Cincinnati earned an 11-8 season series victory in 2019 – their first winning season against the Cubs since 2014.
Cubs vs. Reds Odds
Let’s go to the board and take a look at the current Cubs vs. Reds odds, courtesy of FanDuel Par-A-Dice Sportsbook located in Illinois:
Game One: Saturday, August 29, 3:10 PM CDT (Trevor Bauer vs. Yu Darvish)
• FanDuel Sportsbook: Cubs (-104)/Reds (-112); Over/Under 6
Note: Cubs vs. Reds odds are subject to change prior to game time. These odds are as of 12:30 pm CDT.
Analysis: The Reds are a slight favorite, and despite their inferior record, that makes some sense. They’re at home, Bauer has been unhittable in doubleheaders, and Cincinnati is playing better baseball over the past week. Also, look at that game total. Six? I know it’s only seven innings, but whew.
Game Two: Saturday, August 29, Time TBD (Alec Mills vs. Tejay Antone)
• FanDuel Sportsbook: Cubs (+104)/Reds (-120); Over/Under 7
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Cubs vs. Reds Betting Predictions and Pick
Betting Notes to Know
Here are some notes to consider as you evaluate the Cubs vs. Reds odds and make your picks.
⇒ The Reds are just 6-9 in Bauer’s starts overall. They are also only 3-5 as a favorite and 2-3 as a home favorite.
⇒ The Reds are 6-7 at home this season and just 5-5 as a home favorite.
⇒ Home favorites of -115 or less are 19-19 this season and 10-7 when favored -110 or less.
⇒ The Cubs are 2-0 this season on the road when -115 to -100. They are also 4-4 as a road favorite and 2-1 as a road underdog.
⇒ The Cubs are 10-12 when Darvish starts on the road. They are 2-5 in his road starts as an underdog. They are 8-7 in his road starts as a favorite.
⇒ This season, visiting teams on the road that are coming off a loss and priced between -115 and -100 are 12-9.
Cubs vs. Reds Pick
It’s hard to know how to feel about this Cubs team right now. Even as they jumped out to a sizable division lead over the first few weeks, the bullpen and struggling offensive stars were cause for a concern. Now, amid a rough stretch, they get the Surging Reds who have managed to climb back into the division conversation. With two more wins today, Cincinnati would be only two games back.
That being said, given the Reds’ momentum and the Cubs’ poor play of late, I’m going to roll with Bauer who has yet to yield a run in either of his doubleheader starts this season to get the job done. I’d lean with the under in that one but won’t lock in the pick.
As for game two, we’ll roll with the Cubs behind Mills, who despite his mid-August hiccup, has been mostly impressive this season. I’ll bank on the Cubs’ bats to come alive in the second game.
Cubs vs. Reds Game 1 Prediction: Reds -108
Cubs vs. Reds Game 2 Prediction: Cubs +104