Money Line: 110.00 Chi Cubs (Away)
After getting trounced 12-7 last night by the Reds, the Cubs respond here. Cincinnati's Luis Castillo is a strong starter but there is a reason the early line move has been toward the Cubs in this one. First off, Castillo's first start this season came against Detroit. The Tigers are coming off a 47-114 season! Secondly, Chicago's Yu Darvish recorded 45 strikeouts in 31 and 1/ 3 innings against the Reds last season. Entering last night's game Cincinnati was just 1-4 on the season while the Cubs were 4-1. Last night's game doesn't completely change that early season trending of these two teams. Getting the Cubs at an underdog price here, while understood because Castillo is on the mound for the Reds, is a value spot worthy of consideration for investment. Look for Darvish to again pile up the strikeouts against Cincinnati and the road team pulls away late against a struggling Reds bullpen. ASA FREE PLAY: Bet Chicago Cubs as a small road dog on the money line Thursday.