Betting Baseball: Reds Take On Cubs as Small Road Favorites

Cincinnati Reds (-126) at Chicago Cubs (+116, 7 O/U )

Did the Cubs stay up all night watching the Blackhawks win the first game of the Stanley Cup finals last night? That’s could be a question, especially considering it is big hockey fan Jeff Samardzija starting for Chicago today. Right-hander Mat Latos takes the mound for the Cincinnati Reds today. He is 6-0 on the year with a 2.87 ERA. In 20 starts since an 8-5 loss to the the Cardinals on Aug. 24, 2012, Latos has gone 10-0 with a 2.65 ERA. His streak of 20 straight regular-season starts without a loss is a Reds record. The Reds, 10-3 in his starts, have gone over 69% of the time in those starts. Samardzija has a 4-9 record so far in 2013. He fell behind in the count a lot against the Pirates in his last start, lasting six innings before exiting. He gave up four earned runs, snapping a streak of 10 straight starts at Wrigley in which he allowed three or fewer. The Cubs have gone over the total in 50% of his starts. The game time temperature will be 69° F with winds blowing in from center field at 15 mph. The humidity will be around 57%. No rain is expected in this game.

Cincinnati Reds versus Samardzija: 28 years old right-hander, 6’5” 225 pounds. Throws: fastball, slider, splitter, cutter

Ground Ball, Power Pitcher

Runs per game (league ranking), 13: Home Runs, 21: Bat Ave, 21: OB%, 10: Slugging, 25

    Walks, 3: Strikeouts, 7: Stolen Bases, 28

    Last seven games, 8: Last 14 games, 5: Last 28 games, 6

      Versus Righties, 15: Versus lefties, 6

        Home, 8: Away, 19

          1st Inning Production, 14

            Facing a Power Pitcher, 2: Facing a Finesse Pitcher, 17

              Facing a fly ball pitcher, 6: Facing a ground ball pitcher, 9

                Run Production at Night, 17: Run Production During Day, 4

                  First five innings, 14: 6th to 9th Innings, 2

                    Chicago Cubs versus Latos: 25 years old right-hander, 6’6” 225 pounds. Throws: fastball, slider, curve, changeup

                    Runs per game (league ranking), 26: Home Runs, 3: Bat Ave, 25: OB%, 27: Slugging, 9

                      Walks, 29: Strikeouts, 17: Stolen Bases, 3

                      Last seven games, 9: Last 14 games, 21: Last 28 games, 15

                        Versus Righties, 16: Versus lefties, 22

                          Home, 3: Away, 30

                            1st Inning Production, 21

                              Facing a Power Pitcher, 14: Facing a Finesse Pitcher, 16

                                Facing a fly ball pitcher, 9: Facing a ground ball pitcher, 9

                                  Run Production at Night, 16: Run Production During Day, 19

                                    First five innings, 18: 6th to 9th Innings, 14