Cincinnati Reds vs Chicago Cubs 7/27/20: Starting Lineups, Betting Odds (Matchup Preview)

Matchup Preview

The Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds are set to begin each club’s second series of the new league year. The Cubs travel to Cincinnati after defeating the Milwaukee Brewers 2-1 in their first series at Wrigley Field. The Reds, who enter this season with some high expectations, lost their first series 1-2 at home against the lowly Detroit Tigers. The first game of this series will take place tonight at 6:40 pm EST, with the next two games of the series beginning at the same time on Tuesday and Wednesday. 36-year-old Jon Lester is poised to make his first start of the season today, who finished his 2019 campaign with a 13-10 record and a 4.46 ERA. Wade Miley will take the mound for the Reds tonight, who is coming off of a 2019 season that saw him go 14-6 as a starter with a 3.98 ERA. Although some games around the league have been postponed due to a coronavirus outbreak within the Miami Marlins organization, this series between Chicago and Cincinnati is set to begin tonight. This series will be an interesting one to watch, as both teams enter 2020 with big expectations.

TV Section: Cincinnati Reds vs. Chicago Cubs, 7/27/20 6:40pm EST, Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, OH: TV: FOX Radio: ESPN Radio

Cubs Starting Lineup

  1. Kris Bryant (R) 3B
  2. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
  3. Javier Baez (R) SS
  4. Kyle Schwarber (L) LF
  5. Willson Contreras (R) C
  6. Jason Heyward (L) RF
  7. Nico Hoerner (R) 2B
  8. Victor Caratini (S) DH
  9. Ian Happ (S) CF

Cubs Analysis

chicago cubs

Cubs fans should be excited after their 2-1 series win over Milwaukee. They are coming off of a huge 9-1 win in the final game of that series and look to ride that momentum going into their first away trip of the year. With stars like Kris Bryant, Javi Baez, and Anthony Rizzo in your starting lineup, it would make sense that this team would have an explosive offense. However, 2nd-year player Nico Hoerner, who will make the start at 2nd base for the Cubs, is currently batting .429 on the season in seven at-bats. The youngster will hope to keep his impressive start going against the Reds. Cincinnati does boast a better starting rotation than Milwaukee, however, with Sonny Gray and Luis Castillo set to start on Tuesday and Wednesday after Wade Miley takes the mound tonight. It will be interesting to see if Hoerner can continue his success and if the Cubs’ stars can pick up their production. Baez is only hitting .167 after the Milwaukee series, and Bryant went a mere 1/14 in the first three games. If the Cubs want to continue upon their solid start to the season, they need production from their best hitters.

Reds Starting Lineup

  1. Jesse Winker (L) DH
  2. Joey Votto (L) 1B
  3. Eugenio Suarez (R) 3B
  4. Nick Castellanos (R) RF
  5. Josh VanMeter (L) 2B
  6. Shogo Akiyama (L) LF
  7. Freddy Galvis (S) SS
  8. Travis Jankowski (L) CF
  9. Curt Casali (R) C

Reds Analysis

cincinnati reds

After a disappointing series loss to the Detroit Tigers, the Reds are looking to get back on track with a series win over the Cubs. After signing Mike Moustakas (who is currently out with an illness), Nick Castellanos, and trading for Trevor Bauer last summer, the Reds enter the 2020 season with many experts and fans believing they could make a legitimate postseason push this year. The Cubs, who have been a solid team for the past several years, should undoubtedly be a test for this Reds ballclub. The Reds starters in their first series looked great, as Bauer, Gray, and Castillos all currently have a 1.50 ERA or lower after the first three games. If the Reds want to get their first series win of the new year, they will need to rely on their hitting. Despite his age, Joey Votto hit .417 in the Tigers series and was looking as good as ever. Moustakas was looking very good as well, raking in four RBIs in eight at-bats before he went down with an illness. Cincinnati will need more production from the middle of their lineup and Moustakas’ replacement if they want to beat these Cubs.

Reds Vs Cubs Fantasy Angle

Joey Votto

If I had to make a pick for a player to look out for in fantasy for this matchup, I’d have to go with Joey Votto. The 36-year-old began his 2020 campaign against the Tigers going 5-12 with two HRs and three RBIs. While there isn’t much to say about Detroit’s pitching, I think this matchup against Lester could be favorable for him. Jon Lester, a five-time All-Star and three-time World Series Champion, saw his production drop last year. Now at age 36 and entering his 15th season in the league, he might not be the same pitcher that he once was. It will be interesting to see how he looks tonight, but I wouldn’t bank on him coming out and playing as he did in his days with the Red Sox. Although Votto’s production did drop during the 2019 season, he looked like the player he once was in the first three games against the Tigers. For fantasy purposes, start Gallo tonight, and hopefully, he will continue to turn back the clock for both the Reds and your fantasy team.

Reds vs Cubs Betting Odds

Cubs Odds: -120
Reds Odds: +105
Over/Under: 10.5 (-105/-115)

The Cubs are favored to win this matchup, with the betting odds set at -120. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, as the Cubs currently have a better record and were a much better team than the Reds last season. If there were a game in the series that you should bet Chicago, it would be this one. The Reds are saving Sonny Gray and Luis Castillos for Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, so I think it would be wise to go with Cubs in this matchup. Given that the Reds aren’t pitching one of their aces and questions are surrounding Jon Lester, I would also advise taking the over in this matchup. I do not see this game being a 3-2 or 2-0 type of affair given the starting pitching and sluggers on both of these teams.

I am a rising junior at Butler University with a Sports Media major and a minor in Strategic Communication. I was born and raised in Bethesda, MD right outside Washington DC, and I’ve been a huge DC sports fan my whole life. I’ve been lucky enough to see both the Nats and Caps win titles in my lifetime, however I have a feeling that my Redskins and Wizards won’t be joining them as champions anytime soon.

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