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The Chicago White Sox are heading east to face the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. This interleague matchup will get going at 7:10 p.m. ET and fans hoping to watch it can tune in to NBC Sports Chicago.

Chicago White Sox vs. Cincinnati Reds Odds

Oddsmakers are listing Chicago (+165) as the dog to Cincinnati (-175). Bettors can wager on the games total with odds sitting at +100 for over 9.5 runs and -120 for under 9.5. The games current runline odds stand at -135 for betting the White Sox +1.5 runs and +115 for the Reds -1.5.

The White Sox have gone only 29-54 SU this year and are 41-41 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 17.8 units for moneyline gamblers and 7.4 units ATS. The Reds, on the other hand, are 36-48 SU and 48-35 ATS. The team has lost 6.0 units for bettors taking the moneyline while earning 3.0 units ATS.

Cincinnati games have an over/under record of 40-39-4 so far in 2018. Chicago has an over/under record of 36-41-5.

Right-hander James Shields is getting the start for the visiting White Sox. Shields (3-9, 4.29 ERA) has recorded 73 punchouts in 107 innings so far. He has yet to face the Reds this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.

The Reds will turn to righty Luis Castillo (5-8, 5.85 ERA), who has 85 punchouts and 33 walks to his name as well as a 1.41 WHIP. Castillo did not record a start against the White Sox in 2017.

Cincinnati’s pitchers have given up 5.0 runs per game overall this year as a unit. Its starters have a 5.19 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 7.5 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 3.92 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 8.1 K/9.

Cincinnati’s hitters have produced 4.6 runs per outing, including 6.6 per game over its last 10 games and 6.4 per game over their last five. The team has slashed .297/.366/.453 over its last five games and is 3-2 SU during that stretch.

Second baseman Scooter Gennett and first baseman Joey Votto have led the Reds batters this year. Gennett is slashing .332/.372/.526 with 13 home runs, 54 RBIs and 48 runs scored, and Votto’s line is .300/.433/.454 with eight homers, 43 RBIs and 44 runs.

In the visiting dugout, Chicago’s pitchers have allowed 5.2 runs per game and its starters own a 5.25 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 6.29 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 4.04, along with a WHIP of 1.46 and a K-per-9 of 9.27.

The White Sox offense has slashed .243/.304/.398 on its way to 3.9 runs scored per game in 2018, including 5.6 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 4.8 per game over the teams last five outings (2-3 SU).

Chicago’s hitters have been paced by first baseman Jose Abreu and third baseman Yolmer Sanchez. Abreu is hitting .271/.328/.474 with 12 home runs, 50 RBIs and 41 runs scored, while Sanchez (.257/.302/.405) is up to five homers, 36 RBIs, 31 runs and eight steals.

Chicago White Sox vs. Cincinnati Reds Pick

Predictions: SU Winner – Reds, ATS Winner – White Sox, O/U – UNDER

Betting Trends

  • Chicago has logged 18 extra-base hits over its last five outings. Cincinnati has 14 XBH over its last five.
  • Cincinnati has posted 26.8 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 26.8 over its last five.
  • The White Sox have hit 10 home runs in their last 10 games. The Reds have hit 13 over their last 10.