Cincinnati Reds at Chicago Cubs Preview 8/19/08
- Updated: August 19, 2008
MLB Betting Preview
Cincinnati Reds (55-70) at Chicago Cubs (76-48)
Tuesday, 8:05 pm Eastern
SBG Global Opening Line: Reds – 315 , Total TBA
The Chicago Cubs have the best home record in baseball at 45-17 and will be heavily favored to add to that mark on Tuesday night as they host the Cincinnati Reds with Rich Harden on the mound. Harden has been excellent for the Cubs but is still looking for his first win at Wrigley Field. Harden is 2-1 with a 1.80 ERA with the Cubs but hasn’t gotten a decision at home where he is 0-0 with a 2.81 ERA. Harden won his only career start against the Red back in 2004. Chicago is 5-4 against the Reds this season with four of those wins coming at home.
SBG Global reports that early MLB betting has the public taking Cubs at Home.
The Reds won on Sunday against St. Louis but it was only their fifth win in their last 22 games.
“I want to see a team that competes,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said, “I don’t care who you’re playing or how many people are in the stands. I’m just glad that our young players are playing hard.” The Reds go with Johnny Cueto on Tuesday. He is 8-11 with a 4.90 ERA. He pitched well in his last start against Pittsburgh as he allowed one run and four hits in five innings. Against Chicago last month he gave up five runs and eight hits in 6 2/3 innings.
Here are the MLB betting stats for Tuesday’s game. The Reds are 3-7 in their last 10 road games. The Reds are 3-9 in their last 12 vs. the National League Central. The Reds are 3-12 in their last 15 games vs. a right-handed starter. The Reds are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings in Chicago.
SBG Global Current Line: Reds – 310 , Total TBA
The Cubs are 5-1 in their last 6 games vs. a right-handed starter. The Cubs are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. the National League Central. The Cubs are 16-5 in their last 21 overall.
The Under is 4-0 in the Reds last 4 road games. The Under is 4-1 in the Reds last 5 road games vs. a right-handed starter.
The Over is 7-1 in the Cubs last 8 overall. The Over is 6-1 in the Cubs last 7 games vs. a right-handed starter. The Over is 4-1 in the Cubs last 5 vs. the National League Central. The Over is 4-1 in the Cubs last 5 home games. The Over is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Chicago between the two teams.
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