MLB Betting Preview: Cincinnati Reds vs. Chicago Cubs – Thursday, May 16, 2019
Matchup at a Glance
Where: Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, Ohio
When: Thursday, May 16, 2019
Moneyline: Cinncinati Reds -130
The Cincinnati Reds enter this game with a record of 18-24 and have won three of their last five games including a game two win in this series on Wednesday by a score of 6-5.
The Chicago Cubs enter this game with a record of 25-14 and have won three of their last five games but are coming off a game two loss in this series which ended their three-game winning streak.
The Cincinnati Reds are listed as -130 money line favorites over the Chicago Cubs.
The Chicago Cubs have won their last eight series in a row but will need to get a win in game three against the Reds to keep that streak going after dropping game two on Wednesday. Chicago is 10-8 on the road and 2-4 as an underdog this season.
The Cubs will send Jose Quintana to the mound for game three of the series. Quintana is 4-2 this season with a 3.50 ERA while striking out 46 over 46 1/3 innings pitched.
He is also 1-2 in his last three starts against the Reds while allowing an average of 2.67 runs and striking out an average of four in those games.
Javier Baez leads the team in home runs with 11. Baez and Anthony Rizzo are tied for the team lead in RBI with 29 apiece. Kris Bryant leads the team in runs with 32.
Chicago is averaging 5.36 runs per game, which ranks third in MLB. The Cubs are allowing an average of 3.92 runs per game, which ranks fifth in MLB.
Cincinnati Turns To Castillo
The Cincinnati Reds picked up a win in game two of the series and will be looking to go for their second series win in a row with a win in game three on Thursday. Cincinnati is 9-9 at home and 10-7 as a favorite this season.
The Reds will send Luis Castillo to the mound for game three of the series. Castillo is 4-1 this season with a 1.76 ERA with 70 strikeouts over 56 1/3 innings pitched. He is also 1-2 in his last three starts against the Cubs while allowing an average of three runs and striking out an average of 2.33 in those games.
Eugenio Suarez leads the team in home runs, RBI and runs with 12 home runs, 26 RBI and 23 runs. Cincinnati is averaging 4.10 runs per game, which ranks 22nd in the MLB. The Reds are allowing an average of 3.43 runs per game, which ranks second in the MLB.
Cubs Extend their Series Streak
The Chicago Cubs are playing like one of the best teams in baseball now after a poor start to the season and will be looking to go for their ninth straight series win in a row with a win in game three of this series. The Cubs are 8-2 in their last 10 matchups with Cincinnati while outscoring the Reds by an average of 4.80 to 2.50 in those games.
The Reds are 2-1 in their last three meetings with the Cubs while both teams are averaging 3.00 runs in those games. I look for the Cubs to rebound from their game two loss with a win over the Reds in the series finale on Thursday.