|CINCINNATI ( LEAKE )|
CHICAGO CUBS ( VILLANUEVA )
|901||CINCINNATI||-115||Ov 7,-120||+100||Ov 7,-105|
|902||CHICAGO CUBS||+105||Un 7,+100||-110||Un 7,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||8-10||-4.9||9-9||4.1||0.231||0.303||3.7||0.254||0.308|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2.8||2-4||2.0||0.187||0.236||3.4||0.254||0.307|
|vs Right-handed Starters||8-12||-3.5||9-11||4.0||0.242||0.295||4.6||0.227||0.299|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.4||2-5||4.4||0.271||0.331||4.6||0.236||0.293|
|4/22/2013||LEAKE(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)||5-4||W||-160||8.5 un||O||9||9||3||11||12||0|
|4/23/2013||CINGRANI(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||VILLANUEVA(R)||2-4||L||-170||7.5 ov||U||6||7||2||9||5||1|
|4/24/2013||LATOS(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)||1-0||W||-165||7 ev||U||8||7||0||5||5||0|
|4/25/2013||ARROYO(R)||@ WASHINGTON||GONZALEZ(L)||1-8||L||125||7.5 un||O||1||2||2||12||6||0|
|4/26/2013||BAILEY(R)||@ WASHINGTON||ZIMMERMANN(R)||0-1||L||115||7 ev||U||1||3||0||6||3||1|
|4/27/2013||LEAKE(R)||@ WASHINGTON||HAREN(R)||3-6||L||-105||8 un||O||9||6||1||10||8||1|
|4/28/2013||CINGRANI(L)||@ WASHINGTON||DETWILER(L)||5-2||W||-105||7 ov||P||11||10||1||5||8||2|
|4/29/2013||LATOS(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||2-1||W||120||7 un||U||6||5||0||7||10||0|
|4/30/2013||ARROYO(R)||@ ST LOUIS||GARCIA(L)||1-2||L||130||7.5 ov||U||7||4||0||7||4||0|
|5/1/2013||BAILEY(R)||@ ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||2-4||L||105||7 ov||U||6||5||0||10||7||1|
|5/3/2013||LEAKE(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||VILLANUEVA(R)|| |
|5/4/2013||CINGRANI(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)|| |
|5/5/2013||LATOS(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)|| |
|5/10/2013|| ||MILWAUKEE|| || |
|4/19/2013||SAMARDZIJA(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||ESTRADA(R)||4-5||L||100||7.5 un||O||10||5||1||7||2||0|
|4/20/2013||JACKSON(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||BURGOS(R)||1-5||L||-105||8.5 ov||U||7||5||3||6||7||0|
|4/21/2013||FELDMAN(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||PERALTA(R)||2-4||L||120||8.5 ev||U||5||6||2||3||3||1|
|4/22/2013||WOOD(L)||@ CINCINNATI||LEAKE(R)||4-5||L||150||8.5 un||O||11||12||0||9||9||3|
|4/23/2013||VILLANUEVA(R)||@ CINCINNATI||CINGRANI(L)||4-2||W||160||7.5 ov||U||9||5||1||6||7||2|
|4/24/2013||SAMARDZIJA(R)||@ CINCINNATI||LATOS(R)||0-1||L||155||7 ev||U||5||5||0||8||7||0|
|4/25/2013||JACKSON(R)||@ MIAMI||SLOWEY(R)||4-3||W||-115||7.5 un||U||6||4||0||6||9||1|
|4/26/2013||FELDMAN(R)||@ MIAMI||LEBLANC(L)||4-2||W||100||7.5 un||U||10||6||0||9||7||0|
|4/27/2013||WOOD(L)||@ MIAMI||SANABIA(R)||3-2||W||-115||7.5 un||U||8||6||0||5||5||1|
|4/28/2013||VILLANUEVA(R)||@ MIAMI||NOLASCO(R)||4-6||L||-115||7 ov||O||7||5||0||7||3||0|
|4/29/2013||SAMARDZIJA(R)||SAN DIEGO||RICHARD(L)||5-3||W||-160||9 un||U||10||6||1||8||11||0|
|4/30/2013||JACKSON(R)||SAN DIEGO||VOLQUEZ(R)||7-13||L||-125||10.5 ov||O||11||6||2||17||8||0|
|5/1/2013||FELDMAN(R)||SAN DIEGO||CASHNER(R)||6-2||W||+105||9 ev||U||9||9||1||3||3||1|
|5/2/2013||WOOD(L)||SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)||2-4||L||-125||7.5 un||U||9||9||0||7||6||0|
|5/7/2013||WOOD(L)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)|| |
|5/8/2013||VILLANUEVA(R)||ST LOUIS||WESTBROOK(R)|| |
|5/10/2013|| ||@ WASHINGTON|| || |
|CINCINNATI: HITTING: 2B BRANDON PHILLIPS sparked the Reds offense after moving to the top of the order. But his free-swinging makes him a bad fit there. SS ZACK COZART played in only 11 games for the Reds before wrecking his non-throwing elbow, but it was still enough to convince the team they'd seen enough of PAUL JANISH in the starting role. 1B JOEY VOTTO keeps punishing pitchers. OF JAY BRUCE is in his gawky, teenage phase, but he's already emerged as a major power source. OF DREW STUBBS must cut down on his MLB-leading 206 strikeouts. He's out of the leadoff spot now, but those whiffs don't play well anywhere in the lineup. OF CHRIS HEISEY should get the starting nod in left now that Yonder Alonso is out of the picture. 3B SCOTT ROLEN is a permanent health question mark. His backup, JUAN FRANCISCO, swings for the fences. C DEVIN MESORACO is the most hyped catching prospect since Matt Wieters. RYAN HANIGAN will split squatting responsibilities with him. |
STARTING PITCHING: Considered a source of strength entering the 2011 campaign, the Reds rotation directly caused their undoing. The first step toward a remedy was trading for MAT LATOS, who began 2011 slow and got stronger as the year went on. The 24-year-old threw at least six innings with 5+ K in 16 of his final 17 starts (2.94 ERA). But that was in a much more pitcher-friendly environment. He has a decent career road ERA (3.57), and Cincy will surely give him much better run support than he received in San Diego. Last year's pitching problems began with BRONSON ARROYO, who gave up more home runs in a season than any pitcher in this millennium. He allowed more HR (46) than walks (45). JOHNNY CUETO was the one big bright spot; he hasn't maintained the strikeout rates he flashed early in his career, but he's All-Star caliber. HOMER BAILEY was a disappointment, going 9-7 with a 4.43 ERA. MIKE LEAKE actually pitched pretty well after he got his first taste of the minors to get his mechanics worked out.
RELIEF PITCHING: With Francisco Cordero flying the coop, and newcomer RYAN MADSON lost for the season with Tommy John Surgery, Cincinnati will use a closer-by-committee approach. The Reds gave up three players, including starter Travis Wood, to acquire SEAN MARSHALL, who should fit in nicely as a set-up man who's tough on both right-and left-handed batters. AROLDIS CHAPMAN is listed as the main set-up man for Marshall, but he missed out on winter ball and could be too raw to trust in the ninth inning. LOGAN ONDRUSEK is also capable of being a decent closer, with a big fastball.
|CHICAGO CUBS: HITTING: 'Under New Management' is the motto in Wrigleyville, where Epstein, Hoyer, Sveum and Co. aim to turn SS STARLIN CASTRO and a bunch of straw into gold. OF DAVID DeJESUS was an underrated first pick-up. But OFs ALFONSO SORIANO and MARLON BYRD are overpaid and over the hill. C GEOVANY SOTO has lost his mojo. New 3B IAN STEWART has a lousy career OPS of .737 away from Coors Field. 1B BRYAN LaHAIR is tagged as part of a 'youth movement,' but he's almost 30. The other youths'2B DARWIN BARNEY, IF JEFF BAKER, and IF BLAKE DEWITT 'are interchangeable guys with low ceilings. Fourth OF TONY CAMPANA is fast but one-dimensional. And minor-league reinforcements are scarce. OF BRETT JACKSON is solid, but blocked in the lineup. And former uber-prospect 3B JOSH VITTERS has done nothing to justify his third-overall draft status. This rebuilding process will take time. Meanwhile, somewhere in the Chicago suburbs, Jim Hendry quietly sobs into a pile of Cubs-themed stuffed animals. |
STARTING PITCHING: RYAN DEMPSTER should bounce back from an unlucky year in which there was nearly a full-run difference between his ERA and his FIP. He's no ace in good times, but he's an underrated and dependable source of innings and strikeouts. MATT GARZA didn't disappoint in his debut season on the North Side, but he was an odd acquisition to begin with: the Cubs dealt top prospects from a thin system when all signs pointed to a belly-flop of a season. He's already trade bait again. JEFF SAMARDZIJA is moving to the rotation after a strong year in the bullpen (2.97 ERA, 87 K in 88 IP), but he needs to cut down on his walks (5.1 per 9 IP). What killed TRAVIS WOOD in 2011 was uncharacteristic wildness. His walk total spiked by over 50 percent from 2010. He's better than this, though it's hard to say how much. It could be that a 40-inning jump from 2010 to 2011 aided his freefall. Subpar newcomers PAUL MAHOLM and CHRIS VOLSTAD will also compete for rotation spots. The lefty Maholm is coming off his best season in Pittsburgh (3.66 ERA, 1.29 WHIP), but was awful after the All-Star break (0-5, 5.75 ERA, .355 Opp. BA). The 6-foot-8 Volstad was 5-13 with a 4.89 ERA for the Marlins last year, but still has time to figure things out at age 25.
RELIEF PITCHING: Because of his contract and the head-scratching faith in the 'closer mentality' that still pervades even the most enlightened front offices, CARLOS MARMOL will enter the 2012 campaign with a near-ironclad grip on ninth-inning duties for the Cubs. Trading away Sean Marshall, arguably Chicago's best reliever last season, is yet another vote of confidence for Marmol. His lack of command leads to more hittable pitches (along with tons of walks), though his ceiling for strikeouts and saves is sky-high. KERRY WOOD will be the main set-up man again after a triumphant return to Chicago last season (3.35 ERA, 57 K in 51 IP).
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (CINCINNATI-CHICAGO CUBS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Reds-Cubs Preview* ===================
By ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
Cincinnati (15-14) at Chicago (11-16), 2:20 p.m. EDT
Struggling to win away from home, the Cincinnati Reds are hoping to change their fortunes by adding to their recent dominance at Wrigley Field.
The Reds, though, will face the pitcher who started them on their current hitting slump, Carlos Villanueva, when they try to match their longest road win streak against the Chicago Cubs on Friday.
With three wins away from home, Cincinnati (15-14) is one of the worst road teams in the majors. The Reds haven't helped themselves by hitting .195 with 17 runs in the last nine games, including the first seven of a 10-game trip.
Cincinnati had six hits in a 4-2 loss to St. Louis on Wednesday, and Brandon Phillips was the only player to drive in runs with a solo homer and double.
"Hopefully, we'll regroup in Chicago and come home victorious," manager Dusty Baker told the team's official website. "I'd like a sweep before we get home."
The Reds would appear to have a good chance to salvage their trip as they've won six in a row at Wrigley Field. Cincinnati recorded its only seven-game win streak there June 25, 2002-April 14, 2003.
Cincinnati, though, will face Villanueva (1-1, 2.29 ERA) in the series opener. The right-hander yielded a solo homer, two singles and two walks to the Reds in a career high-tying 8 1-3 innings April 23, but he did not get a decision in a 4-2 road win.
Villanueva had a 1.53 ERA in his first four starts with Chicago before giving up four runs over six innings in Sunday's 6-4 loss in Miami. He's 1-2 with a 2.50 ERA in six starts against the Reds.
The Cubs (11-17) nearly headed into this game having won six of eight, but they allowed four runs in the eighth inning of a 4-2 loss to San Diego on Thursday.
Welington Castillo allowed the tying run to score when he failed to hustle after a passed ball.
"I want to apologize to my teammates for doing that. That's not going to happen anymore," Castillo said.
Chicago will seek to bounce back by recording its sixth win in 23 games against the Reds. Mike Leake will try to help Cincinnati add to that dominance while rebounding from the shortest start of his career.
Leake (1-1, 4.34) lasted three innings and gave up four runs, six hits and three walks in a 6-3 loss in Washington on Saturday.
The right-hander is 0-1 with a 5.11 ERA in his last four starts against Chicago but gave up two runs over seven innings in a 5-4 victory April 22. He's 0-2 with a 4.68 ERA in his last five outings at Wrigley.
Starlin Castro is 12 for 32 (.375) against Leake, his most hits versus any pitcher. Castro singled off him in last month's loss while David DeJesus, 5 for 12 versus Leake, and Nate Schierholtz (5 for 10) each had two hits.
Anthony Rizzo, batting .400 in his last seven games, is 4 for 8 against Leake, while Alfonso Soriano is 2 for 21. Phillips has struggled against Villanueva, going 3 for 21.
The Cubs' Carlos Marmol is seeking to surpass Lee Smith with a franchise-best 453rd career relief appearance.
|Last Updated: 9/30/2014 7:24:45 AM EST|