The Reds enter Monday's tilt in Chicago as owners of a .500 season record thanks to winning 8 of their last 11 games.
More importantly, Bryan Price's club has climbed to within three games of the Wild Card-leading Dodgers, although they remain 8.5 games back of the division-leading Brewers.
It's still a longshot for the Reds to capture their first World Series title since 1990, but for what it's worth, the oddsmakers in Las Vegas (c/o Bovada) currently lists the Reds odds of winning it all at 40/1. For those keeping score at home, this represents the 16th-best odds (or 14th-worst) among all 30 MLB teams.
Furthermore, Bovada currently has the Reds at 20/1 odds to claim the National League pennant, which ranks seventh among the league's 15 clubs. They are nestled right ahead of Pittsburgh (22/1) and right behind Atlanta (8/1).
The natural question would be to ask how these odds stack up against the preseason ones? For those of you that are curious, Bovada gave Cincinnati 22/1 World Series odds and 10/1 pennant odds back in late-February, so bettor confidence in the Reds has cooled off since the season began. But could the club's recent resurgence be reason to jump back on the betting bandwagon?