Reds Looking To Avenge Field Of Dreams Loss
The 2022 Field of Dreams game has come and gone, with the Chicago Cubs taking down the Cincinnati Reds 4-2.
Chicago picked up their second straight win and its fifth out of the last seven. Meanwhile, the Reds dropped their fourth straight to remain in last place in the National League Central.
Chicago is two games ahead of the Reds, though, so this should be another even matchup. Which team is the best bet versus the MLB betting odds in this one?
Cubs Giving Sampson Another Go
The Chicago Cubs have had a tough season so far, but their win over the sellout crowd in Iowa on Thursday could give them some type of momentum.
Adrian Sampson will be tasked to keep them trucking forward here. Sampson is 0-3 with a 3.83 ERA. He’s struggled as of late, though. Each of the last two games that he’s pitched in resulted in losses, going 10.0 innings and allowing seven runs.
The 30-year-old hasn’t put in much work against the Reds as they only have 14 at-bats against him. However, they’re batting .340 in that small sample size. If you bet online, note that Joey Votto is 2-for-4 against him so far.
Reds Turn to Ashcraft
The Cincinnati Reds are bad and they’re in a slump. The team has lost four straight and six of eight. Their offense has disappeared as they’ve scored just seven runs in those six losses.
Nick Senzel is hitting just .206 over the last week while Votto is at a paltry .167. It’s hard to win when the middle of the order is not production.
Cincinnati will be starting Graham Ashcraft on the mound. Ashcraft has been good for the Reds, pitching to a 5-2 record and a 3.94 ERA.
The Reds have actually won four out of the last five starts. In the last two games, he’s pitched 14 innings and has allowed just two runs.
However, he’s had some bad luck against the Cubs this year. He went 2.1 innings and allowed seven runs on the way to a 15-7 loss on the road in June.
Cubs vs Reds Head-to-Head
The Cubs are 5-3 against the Reds this season. Chicago has also cashed in the sportsbook three straight against them.
Cubs vs Reds Game Information
- Game: Cubs (46-65) vs Reds (44-67)
- Location: Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, OH
- Day/Time: Saturday, Aug. 13, 6:40 p.m. ET
- Cubs vs Reds Live stream: MLB.tv
Cubs vs Reds Betting Lines
|Team||Run Line||Moneyline||Total||Team Total|
|+108||9 -105o||4½ -115u|
|Reds||-118||9 -115u||4½ -110u|
Cubs vs Reds Prediction
The Cubs have a little momentum, but Ashcraft has been more successful than Sampson, who has yet to win a game even though he holds onto a respectable ERA.
The big question mark is how Ashcraft will perform against the Cubs after they hammered him in their last meeting.
After the Cubs’ Field of Dreams win over the Reds, they are starting to look like the better choice for your MLB picks here.