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Saturday 5/4/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore
-1.5  +130

+1.5  -150



CINCINNATI (16 - 14) at CHICAGO CUBS (11 - 18)
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Saturday, 5/4/2013 1:05 PM
Board OpeningLatest
951CINCINNATI-125Ov 7,-110-115Ov 7,-110
952CHICAGO CUBS+115Un 7,-110+105Un 7,-110
CINCINNATI - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
All Games16-14-1.516-134.50.2440.3213.70.2440.294
Road Games4-10-77-63.40.2180.2974.80.2870.338
vs Right-handed Starters9-10-3.910-94.20.2320.3073.70.2610.315
Past 7 Games3-4-0.82-42.70.2160.2733.00.2620.316
Grass Games16-14-1.516-134.50.2440.3213.70.2440.294
Day Games8-6+0.99-44.90.2580.3404.70.2590.318
CINCINNATI - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
All Games4.50.2440.32130103025179270.03124117237822631142413
Road Games3.40.2180.297144581003080.024651102396166117
Righty Starters4.20.2320.3071962814645180.03726815151301941110
CINCINNATI - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
All Games4.021.23787.34239781330866-77277.8%
Road Games6.001.66736242443517251-33175%

CHICAGO CUBS - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
All Games11-18-6.210-193.60.2430.2924.20.2290.302
Home Games5-8-3.26-74.80.2850.3425.20.2560.326
vs Left-handed Starters3-5-1.60-82.50.2250.2653.10.2310.298
Past 7 Games3-4-1.73-44.60.2860.3485.10.2340.304
Grass Games11-18-6.210-193.60.2430.2924.20.2290.302
Day Games4-10-5.65-93.50.2410.2944.40.2240.302
CHICAGO CUBS - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
All Games3.60.2430.2922999224197360.04101692142319127232525
Home Games4.80.2850.3421345212957180.0459398512991411138
Lefty Starters2.50.2250.2658258582190.032014599449585
CHICAGO CUBS - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
All Games4.321.42977373777933655-38657.1%
Home Games5.451.56936.3222241416313-12340%
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
4/20/2013ARROYO(R)MIAMILEBLANC(L)3-2W-2208 unU13171870
4/21/2013BAILEY(R)MIAMISANABIA(R)10-6W-2458 unO11801182
4/22/2013LEAKE(R)CHICAGO CUBSWOOD(L)5-4W-1608.5 unO99311120
4/23/2013CINGRANI(L)CHICAGO CUBSVILLANUEVA(R)2-4L-1707.5 ovU672951
4/24/2013LATOS(R)CHICAGO CUBSSAMARDZIJA(R)1-0W-1657 evU870550
4/25/2013ARROYO(R)@ WASHINGTONGONZALEZ(L)1-8L1257.5 unO1221260
4/26/2013BAILEY(R)@ WASHINGTONZIMMERMANN(R)0-1L1157 evU130631
4/27/2013LEAKE(R)@ WASHINGTONHAREN(R)3-6L-1058 unO9611081
4/28/2013CINGRANI(L)@ WASHINGTONDETWILER(L)5-2W-1057 ovP11101582
4/29/2013LATOS(R)@ ST LOUISWAINWRIGHT(R)2-1W1207 unU6507100
4/30/2013ARROYO(R)@ ST LOUISGARCIA(L)1-2L1307.5 ovU740740
5/1/2013BAILEY(R)@ ST LOUISLYNN(R)2-4L1057 ovU6501071
5/3/2013LEAKE(R)@ CHICAGO CUBSVILLANUEVA(R)6-5W1007 unO910015121
5/11/2013 MILWAUKEE  

 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
4/20/2013JACKSON(R)@ MILWAUKEEBURGOS(R)1-5L-1058.5 ovU753670
4/21/2013FELDMAN(R)@ MILWAUKEEPERALTA(R)2-4L1208.5 evU562331
4/22/2013WOOD(L)@ CINCINNATILEAKE(R)4-5L1508.5 unO11120993
4/23/2013VILLANUEVA(R)@ CINCINNATICINGRANI(L)4-2W1607.5 ovU951672
4/24/2013SAMARDZIJA(R)@ CINCINNATILATOS(R)0-1L1557 evU550870
4/25/2013JACKSON(R)@ MIAMISLOWEY(R)4-3W-1157.5 unU640691
4/26/2013FELDMAN(R)@ MIAMILEBLANC(L)4-2W1007.5 unU1060970
4/27/2013WOOD(L)@ MIAMISANABIA(R)3-2W-1157.5 unU860551
4/28/2013VILLANUEVA(R)@ MIAMINOLASCO(R)4-6L-1157 ovO750730
4/29/2013SAMARDZIJA(R)SAN DIEGORICHARD(L)5-3W-1609 unU10618110
4/30/2013JACKSON(R)SAN DIEGOVOLQUEZ(R)7-13L-12510.5 ovO11621780
5/1/2013FELDMAN(R)SAN DIEGOCASHNER(R)6-2W+1059 evU991331
5/2/2013WOOD(L)SAN DIEGOSTULTS(L)2-4L-1257.5 unU990760
5/3/2013VILLANUEVA(R)CINCINNATILEAKE(R)5-6L-1107 unO151219100
5/11/2013 @ 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* ===================


Cincinnati (15-14) at Chicago (11-17), 1:05 p.m. EDT

The Cincinnati Reds had one of their more productive days at the plate in recent games in their series opener against the Chicago Cubs. Judging by his first three starts in the majors, Tony Cingrani might not need too much support from his teammates.

The rookie left-hander will try to improve to 3-0 while leading the Reds to a franchise-record eighth consecutive road win over the Cubs on Saturday.

Cincinnati registered its highest run total in 11 games in a 6-5 win Friday and needed all of those runs after closer Aroldis Chapman gave up a season-high three in the ninth.

The Reds (16-14) scored four of their runs with two outs in their 18th victory in 23 games against Chicago (11-18). Cincinnati batted .195 with 17 runs in its previous nine games.

"The team that gets the two-out hits is the team that wins the games," manager Dusty Baker said after the Reds improved to 4-10 on the road. "Those are big, big clutch hits when you get two out.

"We had some guys swing the bat pretty good today."

Cincinnati will try to duplicate that effort and help Cingrani (2-0, 1.50 ERA) remain undefeated through his first four starts. He had his first scoreless one Sunday, tossing six innings and striking out a career-high 11 in a 5-2 victory in Washington.

Cingrani gave up two runs over seven innings and fanned nine against the Cubs on April 23, but the Reds fell 4-2 in 10 innings.

Cingrani, called up April 18 to replace an injured Johnny Cueto, is trying to become the 10th Cincinnati rookie starter since 1921 to win his first three decisions. Current teammate Mike Leake was the most recent to pull off that feat by starting 5-0 in 2010.

Cubs scheduled starter Jeff Samardzija (1-4, 3.35) will try to prevent that while avoiding a career-worst fifth consecutive loss. The right-hander has allowed three runs or fewer in three of his last four outings, giving up one over six innings at Cincinnati in a 1-0 loss April 24.

Samardzija allowed three runs and struck out eight in five innings against San Diego on Monday, but he also matched a season high with four walks as the Cubs rallied for a 5-3 victory.

"Too many walks," Samardzija, who walked three in Cincinnati last month, told the Cubs' official website. "You can't put that many guys on for free. Just pitching in a lot of situations where you have to battle and make bigger pitches makes it harder on yourself."

Samardzija has a 2.89 ERA in three career starts against Cincinnati but has lost the past two in part because he's gotten a combined two runs of support.

Joey Votto, who had two hits and scored two runs Friday, is batting .375 in his last 11 at Wrigley Field. He's 2 for 14 with five strikeouts against Samardzija.

The Cubs' Carlos Marmol is seeking to surpass Lee Smith with a franchise-best 453rd career relief appearance.

Last Updated: 4/24/2018 12:11:26 AM EST

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