It takes perseverance, motivation and a great deal of patience to be a Chicago Cubs fan, as this team seems to be cursed. No matter what they do and regardless of how much money they spend, they simply can’t win consecutive games and making the playoffs remains a bridge too far. To add insult to injury, the other team from Windy City is in great shape and the fact that the White Sox are thriving is only infuriating the Cubs and their fans.
Meanwhile they have other things to worry about, such as the pathetic season start that saw Chicago plummeting through the standings. They are now sitting in the last place of the central division and they are tied with Arizona for the last place overall. The only solace is the fact that the Diamondbacks have lost 20 games already, while the Cubs are yet to hit that undesirable milestone. On the other hand, both themes won just eight games and it is unlikely for Chicago to add the ninth victory tonight.
They are to Cincinnati, where the hosts will be giving the ball to Alfredo Simon who did a fine job filling in for Mat Latos. The starting pitcher suffered an injury and will be watching the game from the stands and it is unlikely for him to return in May either. This will give Simon plenty of time to prove his worth and so far he has been simply outstanding, propelling the Reds to victory in several games.
The fact that he will lock horns with Jeff Samardzija is supposed to intimidate the inexperienced pitcher, but results speak for themselves. Add to this the fact that Chicago tends to provide starting pitchers with much better support than the Cubs do, and it is easy to understand why bookmakers prefer the hosts tonight. At the time of writing, the odds stand at 1.75 four Cincinnati to prevail and those who are bold enough to back the hosts to cover the -1.5 runs spread will enjoy odds of 2.65.
It is hard to ask for anything more when the Reds host the Cubs at the Great American ballpark, and punters shouldn’t be intimidated by the fact that they are mired in a three games losing streak. A sweep is humiliating regardless of opponent, but all three games were narrow margin defeats to Atlanta, who is the second best team in Major League Baseball.