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Preview: Reds (4-9) at Cubs (4-8)
BT Movements  ·  Line Movements
Game: 4
Venue: Wrigley Field
Date: June 13, 2013 2:20 PM EDT
  

The Cincinnati Reds have gotten back on track in their series against the Chicago Cubs, largely due to their performance on the mound.

The Reds appear to have a good chance to continue that outstanding pitching and their lengthy winning streak at Wrigley Field with Mat Latos taking the ball in Thursday's finale.

Mike Leake provided the latest strong outing Wednesday when he allowed one run and three hits in eight innings to lead Cincinnati to a 2-1 victory over the Cubs (25-38), who have lost eight of 10.

The Reds (40-26) are 19-3 in the last 22 meetings with Chicago, including a franchise-best 12 straight road wins - the longest streak by an opponent at Wrigley.

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"We're just having fun. That's the only thing I can say," said third baseman Todd Frazier, who homered for the second straight game and gave the Reds the lead in the seventh inning. "We're relaxed when we play here. We like playing here."

Though they had a 7.63 ERA in a stretch of four losses in five games, the Reds have bounced back with a 1.33 ERA in this series.

They should be feeling confident with Latos (6-0, 2.87 ERA) on the mound as they try for the four-game sweep. The right-hander has a chance to become the first Red to be unbeaten with an ERA below 3.00 after 14 starts.

He also hasn't lost in a team-record 20 starts, going 10-0 with a 2.65 ERA while leading Cincinnati to a 17-3 record.

Latos has earned two of those victories against the Cubs, yielding three runs over 12-plus innings versus them this season. He's 4-2 with a 2.91 ERA in seven career starts against Chicago, winning both outings at Wrigley.

Nate Schierholtz (4 for 24), Alfonso Soriano (3 for 14) and Darwin Barney (0 for 9 with four strikeouts) haven't been able to figure out Latos, while David DeJesus is 4 for 10 with two doubles.

Chicago has struggled at Wrigley with a .158 batting average while losing seven of eight there. They weren't able to get anything going again Wednesday, aside from Schierholtz's homer in the second.

Starlin Castro (1 for 26), Barney (4 for 28), Anthony Rizzo (2 for 23) and DeJesus (2 for 18) have gotten off to slow starts this month at home.

"It's frustrating because it's the same game," manager Dale Sveum said. "Starting pitchers pitching into the seventh inning, quality starts. And we're not having quality at_bats on an everyday basis."

Scheduled starter Jeff Samardzija (3-7, 3.18) has received three runs of support in his last two starts, though he hasn't been sharp.

He went 0-1 with a 5.11 ERA despite 18 strikeouts in those 12 1-3 innings after going 2-1 with a 1.13 ERA over his previous three outings.

Samardzija is 1-2 with a 2.55 ERA in four career starts versus the Reds, allowing two earned runs over 12 innings while going 0-1 in two outings against them this season.

Frazier and Shin-Soo Choo have taken the right-hander deep in 2013.

Samardzija, though, has done a nice job over his career against sluggers Brandon Phillips (2 for 19), Joey Votto (3 for 17) and Jay Bruce (3 for 14).

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Reds at Cubs
Mon, Jun 10 Final 6 to 2
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 2
Reds at Cubs
Tue, Jun 11 Final 12 to 2
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 3
Reds at Cubs
Wed, Jun 12 Final 2 to 1
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 4
Reds at Cubs
Thu, Jun 13 Final 5 to 6
 Boxscores    Recaps

 CURRENT LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 CIN  -125   +130   6.5 
 CHC  +115   -150   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CURRENT SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 CIN  -132   +125   6.5 
 CHC  +122   -145   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 CIN  78%   68%   64% 
 CHC  22%   32%   36% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 Jun 12, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 CIN 2 Cover: +100 
 CHC 1 Under: 3 
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 Jun 11, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 CIN 12 Cover: +100 
 CHC 2 Over: 14 
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 Jun 10, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 CIN 6 Cover: +100 
 CHC 2 Over: 8 
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 May 26, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 CHC 5 Cover: +170 
 CIN 4 Over: 9 
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 May 25, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 CHC 2 Under: 7 
 CIN 5 Cover: +100 
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 May 24, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 CHC 4 Over: 11 
 CIN 7 Cover: +100 
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 May 5, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 CIN 7 Cover: +100 
 CHC 4 Over: 11 
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 May 4, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 CIN 6 Cover: +100 
 CHC 4 Over: 10 
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 May 3, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 CIN 6 Cover: +104 
 CHC 5 Over: 11 
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 Apr 24, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 CHC 0 Under: 1 
 CIN 1 Cover: +100 
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 MLB PREVIEWS
 Thursday, Jun 13
 
    Cardinals at Mets
1:10 PM EDT
    Reds at Cubs
2:20 PM EDT
    Nationals at Rockies
3:10 PM EDT
    Yankees at Athletics
3:35 PM EDT
    Red Sox at Orioles
7:05 PM EDT
    Giants at Pirates
7:05 PM EDT
    Royals at Rays
7:10 PM EDT
    Blue Jays at Rangers
8:05 PM EDT
    Phillies at Twins
8:10 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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