Chicago Cubs at Cincinnati Reds Preview and Predictions 04-21-2017 finished Great American Ball Park Cincinnati, Ohio, USA Fri Apr 21 07:10 PM (955) Chicago Cubs SP: 110ML: -195U: (8.5) 100 65 % (829 picks) 6 (956) Cincinnati Reds SP: (-1.5) -140ML: 150O: (8.5) -130 35 % (453 picks) 5 MATCHUP BOXSCORES PREVIEW CONSENSUS RECAP TRENDS TICKETS GAME 2 PREMIUM PICKs Chicago Cubs at Cincinnati Reds Preview and Predictions by SportsDirect Inc. on 04/20/2017 The Cincinnati Reds hope to be a surprise challenger to the World Series champion Chicago Cubs in the National League Central, and the young Reds can make a statement to that effect when they host the Cubs for a three-game series starting Friday. Cincinnati leads Chicago by a half-game entering the weekend, but the Reds have cooled after their hot start, dropping five of their last seven.Chicago has reversed its fortunes this week, ending a four-game skid with consecutive comeback wins over Milwaukee, including a 7-4 victory Wednesday on Addison Russellâ€™s three-run, walk-off home run. The Cubs used Thursdayâ€™s day off to reconfigure their pitching rotation, flip-flopping the top of the lineup to give left-hander Jon Lester the start Friday. He will oppose right-hander Tim Adleman, who will replace Sal Romano in the Redsâ€™ rotation and make his first major-league start of the season. Adleman has to deal with a Cubs lineup that enjoys hitting in Cincinnati â€“ Anthony Rizzo has hit 12 home runs at Great American Ball Park over the past three seasons, including six in 2016, and Kris Bryant and Ben Zobrist each hit five blasts there last season.TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, MLB Network, WGN (Chicago), FSN Ohio (Cincinnati)PITCHING MATCHUP: Cubs LH Jon Lester (0-0, 1.00 ERA) vs. Reds RH Tim Adleman (0-0, 2.25)Lester is still looking for his first win despite allowing one run in each of his first two starts and throwing seven scoreless frames in a no-decision against Pittsburgh last time out. The 33-year-old hasnâ€™t received much run support, as the Cubs have scored just seven runs in the three games he has started. Lester is 3-1 with a 3.32 ERA in nine starts against the Reds, including a 2-1 mark and 2.94 ERA in five outings in Cincinnati. Adleman pitched four innings in long relief Sunday against Milwaukee, allowing one run and two hits with five strikeouts in his first big-league outing of the season. The 29-year-old made one start at Triple-A Louisville before being recalled and gave up two runs and five hits while striking out six over seven frames. Adelman made two starts against the Cubs last season, going 1-0 with a 3.97 ERA.WALK-OFFS1. Rizzo, who is 4-for-6 versus Adleman, has reached base at least twice in every contest during a nine-game hitting streak. 2. Reds 1B Joey Votto, whose home run accounted for Cincinnatiâ€™s only run in a 2-1 loss to Baltimore on Thursday, has 27 home runs against the Cubs, second only to his 30 blasts against the Brewers.3. Bryant is a career .338 hitter in 34 games against the Reds with 11 home runs and 34 RBIs. PREDICTION: Cubs 6, Reds 3 Major League Baseball , baseball Line Up LINEUP AWAY AWAY Justin GrimmPitching order:2Batting order:8 Slot:2Position: Reliever (RP) Pedro StropPitching order:3Batting order:8 Slot:4Position: Reliever (RP) Brian DuensingPitching order:4Batting order:8 Slot:5Position: Reliever (RP) Hector RondonPitching order:5Batting order:8 Slot:7Position: Reliever (RP) Carl Edwards Jr.Pitching order:6Batting order:8 Slot:8Position: Reliever (RP) Wade DavisPitching order:7Batting order:1 Slot:2Position: Reliever (RP) Jon LesterPitching order:1Batting order:8 Slot:1Position: Starter (SP) Kyle SchwarberBatting order:1 Slot:1Position: Left Outfield (LF) Willson ContrerasBatting order:6 Slot:1Position: Catcher (C) Javier BaezBatting order:7 Slot:1Position: Second Base (2B)2nd Position: (2B) Jon JayBatting order:8 Slot:3Position: Pinch Hitter (PH) Miguel MonteroBatting order:8 Slot:6Position: Pinch Hitter (PH) Matt SzczurBatting order:8 Slot:9Position: Pinch Hitter (PH)2nd Position: (LF) Albert Almora Jr.Batting order:9 Slot:1Position: Center Outfield (CF) Jason HeywardBatting order:5 Slot:1Position: Right Outfield (RF) Kris BryantBatting order:2 Slot:1Position: Third Base (3B) Addison RussellBatting order:4 Slot:1Position: Shortstop (SS) Anthony RizzoBatting order:3 Slot:1Position: First Base (1B)2nd Position: (1B) Odds POINT SPREAD ODDS betonline bwin bet365 gtbets guts sportsinteraction topbet williamhill Chicago Cubs @ Cincinnati Reds (1.5) -410(-1.5) 310 (-1.5) -110(1.5) -110 (-1.5) -116(1.5) -105 (-1.5) -110(1.5) -110 (-1.5) -105(1.5) -118 (-1.5) -115(1.5) -105 (-1.5) -115(1.5) -105 (-1.5) -110(1.5) -110 MONEY LINE ODDS betonline bwin bet365 gtbets guts sportsinteraction topbet williamhill Chicago Cubs @ Cincinnati Reds -165155 -182150 -185165 -205185 -182150 -185155 -180160 -189165 OVER UNDER ODDS betonline bwin bet365 gtbets guts sportsinteraction topbet williamhill Chicago Cubs @ Cincinnati Reds Over: Under: (8.5) 120-140 (8.5) 115-137 (8.5) 120-141 (8) -105-115 (7.5) -118-105 (8) -105-115 (8) -105-115 (8) -105-115 Get Tickets Event Buy Ticket Datetime Local Average Price Lowest Price Highest Price Location Image Chicago Cubs at Cincinnati Reds BUY from USD 26.00 2017-06-30T19:10:00 USD 144.00 USD 26.00 USD 552.00 Cincinnati, OH 45202 Chicago Cubs at Cincinnati Reds BUY from USD 24.00 2017-07-01T16:10:00 USD 171.00 USD 24.00 USD 635.00 Cincinnati, OH 45202 Chicago Cubs at Cincinnati Reds BUY from USD 24.00 2017-07-02T13:10:00 USD 142.00 USD 24.00 USD 564.00 Cincinnati, OH 45202 Chicago Cubs at Cincinnati Reds BUY from USD 27.00 2017-08-22T19:10:00 USD 112.00 USD 27.00 USD 606.00 Cincinnati, OH 45202 Chicago Cubs at Cincinnati Reds BUY from USD 28.00 2017-08-23T19:10:00 USD 101.00 USD 28.00 USD 597.00 Cincinnati, OH 45202 Chicago Cubs at Cincinnati Reds BUY from USD 24.00 2017-08-24T19:10:00 USD 106.00 USD 24.00 USD 606.00 Cincinnati, OH 45202 Tweet Comment about chicago cubs at cincinnati reds preview and predictions MLB Related News Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles Preview and Predictions 04/25/2017 00:26 The Baltimore Orioles had their way with the Tampa Bay Rays a year ago and, with Adam Jones reaching a career milestone, showed not much has changed in the first meeting between the teams this season. 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