Both the Cubs and Reds are 31-33 heading into Saturday's matchup, and the money line odds have the Reds as the slight favorite at -118. Chicago comes into the game on a two-game losing streak, and they are 4th in the NL Central. Cincinnati is on a six-game winning streak and is 3rd in the division.

First pitch from Great American Ball Park is set for 4:10 PM ET, and BSOH will be carrying the game on TV. Ben Brown is starting for the Cubs, while the Reds are going with Andrew Abbott.


The Pick: Cincinnati Reds Moneyline -118

This game will be played at Great American Ball Park at 4:10 ET on Saturday, June 8th.


  • We have the Reds winning by a score of 6 to 5
  • However, if you're looking for a run line pick, we like the Cubs to cover
  • As for an over/under pick, we have this game finishing with 11 runs and like the over

The most recent game o of this Reds vs Cubs series came right down to the end, as the Cubs rallied late but still fell short with the Reds winning 3-2 at home. Heading into the game, the Reds were favored at -136 on the money line.

Cincinnati got to Cubs starter Justin Steele, scoring three runs off him in just seven innings of work. As for the Reds, they only had two hits and two RBIs against the rest of the Cubs bullpen. Tyler Stephenson was the only Reds hitter to have more than one hit.

Nick Lodolo pitched well for the Reds in this one, going six innings and giving up just one hit and one earned run. He finished with seven strikeouts but issued two walks. Alexis Díaz got the save.

Cubs Records & Stats

With an overall record of 31-33, the Cubs are 4th in the NL Central, and they trail the Brewers by 6.5 games for the division lead. Currently, they are 7-14 in divisional matchups. The Cubs have dropped two straight games and are losing the series vs. the Reds 0-2.

At home, the Cubs have gone 18-13 this year, but they are just 13-20 on the road. As the underdog, the Cubs are 16-20 this year, and they have lost four straight as the road underdog. Chicago's overall series record is 8-10-2, and they are 4-6 over their last 10 games.

Chicago is 19-14 vs. the run line on the road, and the Cubs have covered in five straight games. They are 24-12 vs. the run line as an underdog this season.

The Cubs are on the road against the Reds today. The over/under line for the game is set at 9 runs. The Cubs have had an average combined run total of 8.9 in their games this season, and their over/under record is 30-31. When the over/under line has been set at 9 runs, their record is 3-4-2. Only 10.9% of their games this season have had over/under lines set at 9 runs or higher.

Chicago is sending right-hander Ben Brown to the mound today vs. the Reds. He has made seven starts this year and has a record of 1-2 with a 3.33 ERA. Brown's WHIP for the season is currently 1.09. In his 14 appearances, he has turned in two quality starts. Brown's last outing came vs. the Reds, where he took the loss, giving up five earned runs in five innings of work. Before that, he had gone three straight outings without giving up a homer. Opponents are batting .204 vs. Brown this season.

Christopher Morel has been swinging a hot bat of late for the Cubs, as he has gone 5/19 over his last six games with two homers and four RBIs. Morel is also the team's leader in RBIs this season, coming in at 13th in the league. Overall, he is batting just .205 for the season. Cody Bellinger and Michael Busch are tied for 2nd on the team with eight homers apiece, with Bellinger's 29 RBIs being the 2nd most on the team.

As a team, the Cubs are averaging 4.3 runs per game, which is 17th in the league. They have been a better home team this season, averaging 4.4 runs per game. Overall, the Cubs are batting just .226, which is 20th in the MLB right now.

Reds Records & Stats

Cincinnati has won six straight games, and they will look to keep it going vs. the Cubs today. The Reds are 31-33 overall, putting them 3rd in the NL Central. They are 6.5 games behind the Brewers for the division lead.

The Reds have an overall series record of 7-12-1 this year, but they have won two straight series. At home, the Reds have gone 10-11 as the favorite this year, and they are 16-12 as the favorite overall. Cincinnati's overall record as the underdog is 15-21.

The Reds have been a solid run line team so far this season, going 35-29 against the run line. They have been especially good on the road, going 21-10 against the run line. Their average run margin is +0.2 runs per game, and they have been outscored by an average of 0.3 runs per game at home.

The Reds have played 61 games this season, and the over/under line has been set at 9 runs in 11 of them. Their games have averaged 8.6 runs per game, and their over/under record is 30-31. The over/under line for their games has been set at 9 runs on average, and their record when the line is set at 9 runs is 1-8-2.

Cincinnati is sending left-hander Andrew Abbott to the mound today vs. the Cubs. He has made 12 starts this season and has a record of 4-5. Abbott's ERA is 3.39, and he is coming off a start in which he gave up three earned runs in six innings of work. In that outing vs. the Rockies, he gave up one homer. Looking back at his last three starts, Abbott has finished with a record of 2-1. Opponents are batting .228 off Abbott this season. Per nine innings, he is averaging 6.78 strikeouts and 2.35 walks.

Elly De La Cruz has been one of the Reds' top power threats this season, as his 11 homers are the most on the team and 10th most in the league. However, he is batting just .237 for the season and has hit just 2 homers while batting .205 over his last 10 games. Spencer Steer and Jeimer Candelario are also near the top of the team's home run leaderboard, with 7 and 8 homers, respectively. Steer is batting .238, while Candelario is also hitting .238 and has gone 13/43 in his last 10 games.

As a team, the Reds are averaging 4.4 runs per game and are 12th in the league in home runs. This has them 12th in scoring, and they are also 6th in the league in walks. Currently, the Reds have five players on a hitting streak, with Tyler Stephenson and TJ Friedl leading the way with streaks of 8 and 6 games, respectively.