The Chicago Cubs (24-14) travel to Cincinnati tonight to take on the Reds (18-23) at 5:40 Central time from The Great American Ballpark. The Cubs are slight favorites at -112 and the over/under is 9. On the mound for the Cubs is Kyle Hendricks (2-4, 3.19 ERA) and opposing him will be righty, Tanner Roark (3-1, 3.27 ERA). The Cubs come in up 2.5 games in the NL Central.
The Cubs come in winners in 12 of their last 14. However, they are only 9-8 on the road this season. Hendricks has been very beatable on the road, failing to go past 5 innings in road starts all season and not getting a win. Roark has failed to reach the 6th inning in all of his starts this season. The Cubs haven’t lost a series since their road series in Milwaukee April 5th-7th. But the Reds aren’t as bad as their record seems and although they are under .500, they have a + 30 run differential.
Players to Watch:
Kyle Hendricks: He has been terrible on the road this season – in 13.1 innings he’s given up 28 hits and as an 8.78 ERA
Eugenio Suarez: Is hitting over .300 and has 6 homers at home this season.
Which Hendricks will show up? That is the question for the Cubs, especially with Yu Darvish pitching tomorrow. Hendricks will need to help save the pen. He hasn’t allowed a run in his last 2 starts though, which spanned 17 innings. Hopefully, he can figure something out tonight. The Reds can hit and Joey Votto is always a possible game changer. Take the Reds in a close one.
Score: Reds 6 Cubs 4, Reds and the Over