Cubs vs. Reds Prediction and Odds for Thursday, May 26 (Time to Trust Hunter Greene)

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The Chicago Cubs look to close out their series against the Cincinnati Reds on a high note after taking the first two with relative ease.

The Cubs won those first two games by a combined score of 18-8 and continue to prove that the Reds are a historically poor team in 2022. You know things are bad when the Cubs are beating up on you.

This Reds team is playing better than they were earlier in the year after going 3-22 to start. But Cincinnati remains the worst team in the league. At first glance, I hesitate to trust them against even the weakest of teams. 

Will getaway day be a different story?

Here are the odds for this game, courtesy of WynnBET Sportsbook

Cubs vs. Reds Odds, Run Line, and Total

Run Line

  • Cubs: +1.5 (-125)
  • Reds: -1.5 (+105)


  • Cubs: -145
  • Reds: +125


  • Total 8.5 (Over -110/Under -110)

Cubs vs. Reds Prediction and Pick

Dare I say that Hunter Greene has finally settled into his rookie season?

After having a terrible April, May has been much more kind to the young righty. Greene saw his ERA fall from 8.71 to 5.49; not great by any stretch of the imagination, but a far better mark than he had a few weeks back.

While Greene was a big reason the Reds were losing a ton last month, he’s also a reason they won nine games this month.  His numbers are weighted towards his horrific start, but in his last three games, Greene has been practically untouchable. After slinging so much mud at him earlier this year, I can’t believe he turned things around as he did. 

The Cubs hope to slow down this mild surge by the Reds with Justin Steele. The southpaw has been far more consistent all year but lacks the electric stuff that Greene has. Steele hasn’t gotten blown up at all this with eight straight starts with four or fewer earned runs. In his last three starts, Steele gave up a total of just three earned runs on seven hits. 

This goes against everything I thought I knew about the 2022 MLB season. But, I’m going to take a shot on the Reds with Greene on a hot streak. 

Pick: Reds +125 to win

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