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MLB betting action sees the Cincinnati Reds taking on the Chicago Cubs Thursday June 11th at Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois. Cappers Picks provides free MLB handicapping tips all season long.

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Cincinnati Reds (27-31) vs. Chicago Cubs (31-26)
Venue/ Stadium: Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois
Time/Date: 8:05 PM EST Thursday June 11, 2015
MLB Betting Odds
MLB Moneyline: Reds +125 / Cubs -145
MLB Betting Over/Under Odds: 8 runs
PITCHING MATCH UP: Cincinnati: Michael Lorenzen (1-1, 3.29 ERA) vs. Chicago: Tsuyoshi Wada (0-1, 4.19 ERA)
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Cincinnati Reds vs. Chicago Cubs Preview

1. The Reds have won 4 in a row.
2. The Cubs have won 4 of their 5 games facing the Reds this season.
3. The Cubs have won 3 of their last 4 games.

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This season the Cubs are 15-11 at home and the Reds are 10-18 on the road.

In their last games the Cubs beat the Detroit Tigers 12-3 and the Reds beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-2.

The Reds are coming off a sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies where they combined to score 26 runs in the 4 games and had double digits in hits in each game. However, they now hit the road where they are 8-games under .500 and a road betting underdog tonight in the Windy City.

Both teams are 6-4 in their last 10 games, but the Cubs are in 2nd place 6.5 games back of the St. Louis Cardinals while the Reds are 11 games back.

White the Cubs have won 7 of their last 8 games overall against the Reds Cincinnati is 20-8 in their last 28 games facing them in Chicago.

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Tsuyoshi Wada will be making his 5th start of the season tonight and the Cubs are 2-2 in games he has started. He was less than stellar in his last outing when he gave up 5 earned runs in only 3 innings of work in a 7-5 loss to the Washington Nationals.

The Cubs are 2-7 in Wada’s last 9 starts.

Wada has only faced the Reds once in his career and in that start last season, which was his MLB debut, he was solid giving up only 1 earned run in 5 innings, but the Cubs lost 6-5.

Michael Lorenzen gave up 3 earned runs in 6 innings in his last outing, but the bullpen fell apart in the 9-7 loss to the San Diego Padres. The Reds had won their previous 2 games with him on the mound.

Lorenzen has given up a combined 6 earned runs in his last 3 starts.

The Reds rank 19th in the Majors in runs scored and 22nd in team ERA. Their offense took a hit recently, as SS Zack Cozart (.259 9 HR 28 RBI) injured his knee in the last game and will likely land on the DL soon.

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The Cubs rank 23rd in runs scored, but their pitching has been solid this season ranking 11th in team ERA.

MLB Betting Trends

* Cincinnati is 4-0 in their last 4 overall.
* Cincinnati is 24-49 in their last 73 games as an underdog.
* Cincinnati has an Over record of 9-2 in their last 11 games.
* Chicago is 7-3 in their last 10 games as a home favorite.
* Chicago is 7-3 in their last 10 home games vs. a team with a losing record.

4* Cappers MLB Free Pick

I think Lorenzen will have a good start tonight and the Reds have good road value with him on the hill. Take the Reds to win the first game of this NL Central series.

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By Jason Green

Jason Green is back with Cappers Picks again to give out his free sports plays. As always he's hoping the Braves and Redskins can win a championship since their last one in the 90’s was long ago. He’s starting to know the pain of Cubs fans.