Cincinnati Reds odds
The Cincinnati Reds will aim for their fourth win in six games Tuesday as they visit the Chicago Cubs to continue a stretch of 10 straight games away from homer. Cincinnati is coming off a 3-2 loss at Pittsburgh on Sunday, when the Reds surrendered two runs in the ninth inning.
Nick Castellanos hit his 12th home run and drove in two runs but is batting just .136 (3-for-22) in his past eight games. Right-hander Tyler Mahle, who scattered three runs and four hits in a seven-inning no-decision against St. Louis on Wednesday, will start for the Reds.
He is 3-1 with a 3.57 ERA in seven career starts against Chicago, including 1-0 with a 3.38 ERA in two starts this season.
Chicago Cubs odds
Chicago Cubs right-hander Alec Mills will try to improve on his shaky 2020 numbers against the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday as he faces them for the third time.
In two outings at Cincinnati this season, Mills (3-3, 5.50 ERA) is 1-0 with a 6.00 ERA, scattering six runs and six hits — including four home runs — in nine innings. He is 2-0 with a 3.71 ERA in six career appearances against the Cubs, including four starts. The Cubs snapped a three-game losing streak Monday with a 5-1 win against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Javier Baez (three hits) sparked the Cubs’ attack. Manager David Ross said outfielder Jason Heyward, who left Sunday’s game after feeling lightheaded, was feeling “much better” Monday but will undergo further testing Tuesday.
Reds at Chicago Cubs Betting Pick for September 8, 2020
The Reds have hit Mills well this season while the Cubs have lost four of six and still are working through some adjustments in the lineup.
Reds at Cubs Betting Pick for September 8, 2020: Reds (+105), Cubs (-121)
Reds 6, Cubs 4
Reds at Cubs Best Bet for September 8, 2020
Chicago’s Kyle Schwarber is batting .357 with two home runs and four RBIs in 14 career at-bats against Mahle, but his struggles in September — .167 (4-for-24), one home run and eight strikeouts in seven games — may neutralize that success as chillier weather enters Wrigleyville.
Reds at Cubs Best Bet: Under 0.5 Schwarber home runs (-450)