In a game that is starting soon, get ready for a clash in the NL Central division as the mighty Cincinnati Reds take on the formidable Chicago Cubs tonight. This should be an intense showdown on Monday evening (8:05 PM ET), as these two powerhouses go head-to-head. They are in one another’s way for a playoff spot in the National League.

The Reds, currently leading the NL Central division, may be considered slight underdogs. Their odds are set at an enticing EVEN odds (+100) according to bet365 sportsbook. Yet, they are more than capable of pulling off an upset. On the other side of the diamond, we have the Cubs, who are priced at -120. The Cubs host this game, one that is bound to be a nail-biter.

Cincinnati vs Chicago Prediction: Abbott makes the difference

The stage is set. Fans should expect an epic pitching duel. Keep an eye on Andrew Abbott, the rising star of the Reds. He has been making waves recently with his impressive performances. Sporting a strong 6-2 record and a phenomenal 1.90 ERA, Abbott has been a force to be reckoned with in limited action this Major League Baseball season. In just 61.2 innings, he boasts an outstanding WHIP of 0.96.

On the other side, the formidable Marcus Stroman will be taking the mound for the Cubs. With a solid 10-7 record, a 3.51 ERA, and a 1.20 WHIP, Stroman is no slouch either. However, if we have to make a call, Abbott seems to have the edge as the superior pitcher for this particular game. With the starting time soon approaching, we’ll get to the conclusion. Take the Reds because of the good odds and the better pitcher on the mound.

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