|CHICAGO CUBS ( GARZA )|
CINCINNATI ( CUETO )
|951||CHICAGO CUBS||+160||Ov 7.5,-110||+175||Ov 7.5,+110|
|952||CINCINNATI||-170||Un 7.5,-110||-185||Un 7.5,-130|
|vs Right-handed Starters||14-20||-5||18-16||4.4||0.258||0.309||4.2||0.231||0.297|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-5.6||3-4||3.3||0.237||0.277||4.0||0.241||0.301|
|vs Right-handed Starters||22-11||+7.6||19-14||5.0||0.256||0.333||3.4||0.246||0.303|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+4.6||3-4||5.6||0.280||0.344||2.3||0.212||0.279|
|5/12/2013||FELDMAN(R)||@ WASHINGTON||GONZALEZ(L)||2-1||W||160||7.5 un||U||7||6||1||5||8||1|
|5/17/2013||JACKSON(R)||NY METS||HARVEY(R)||2-3||L||+130||7 ov||U||6||3||2||8||5||1|
|5/18/2013||FELDMAN(R)||NY METS||HEFNER(R)||8-2||W||-130||8.5 un||O||11||6||1||9||7||1|
|5/19/2013||WOOD(L)||NY METS||GEE(R)||3-4||L||-160||9 ev||U||8||5||0||7||3||0|
|5/21/2013||GARZA(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||RODRIGUEZ(L)||4-5||L||135||7.5 un||O||11||8||1||8||9||0|
|5/22/2013||SAMARDZIJA(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||LIRIANO(L)||0-1||L||125||7.5 un||U||4||8||1||3||5||2|
|5/23/2013||JACKSON(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||GOMEZ(R)||2-4||L||120||7.5 ov||U||7||5||1||9||8||1|
|5/24/2013||FELDMAN(R)||@ CINCINNATI||ARROYO(R)||4-7||L||140||8 ov||O||10||9||1||10||4||0|
|5/25/2013||WOOD(L)||@ CINCINNATI||BAILEY(R)||2-5||L||160||7.5 un||U||6||7||0||7||6||0|
|5/26/2013||GARZA(R)||@ CINCINNATI||CUETO(R)|| |
|5/27/2013||SAMARDZIJA(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)|| |
|5/28/2013||JACKSON(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)|| |
|5/29/2013||FELDMAN(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)|| |
|5/30/2013||WOOD(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||PEAVY(R)|| |
|6/1/2013|| ||ARIZONA|| || |
|6/2/2013|| ||ARIZONA|| || |
|5/14/2013||BAILEY(R)||@ MIAMI||NOLASCO(R)||6-2||W||-165||7 ev||O||10||8||0||6||4||0|
|5/15/2013||LEAKE(R)||@ MIAMI||SANABIA(R)||4-0||W||-175||8 un||U||11||9||0||11||12||0|
|5/16/2013||LATOS(R)||@ MIAMI||FERNANDEZ(R)||5-3||W||-160||7 un||O||8||7||0||6||4||1|
|5/17/2013||CINGRANI(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||LEE(L)||3-5||L||110||7 un||O||8||8||1||6||6||0|
|5/18/2013||ARROYO(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||KENDRICK(R)||10-0||W||-105||8 un||O||16||12||0||6||7||0|
|5/19/2013||BAILEY(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||PETTIBONE(R)||2-3||L||-150||8 ev||U||9||8||1||9||7||1|
|5/20/2013||CUETO(R)||@ NY METS||MARCUM(R)||4-3||W||-145||7.5 ev||U||8||9||0||5||6||1|
|5/21/2013||LEAKE(R)||@ NY METS||NIESE(L)||4-0||W||-110||8 ov||U||7||7||0||3||6||1|
|5/22/2013||LATOS(R)||@ NY METS||HARVEY(R)||7-4||W||110||6.5 ov||O||12||9||1||9||7||0|
|5/24/2013||ARROYO(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||FELDMAN(R)||7-4||W||-150||8 ov||O||10||4||0||10||9||1|
|5/25/2013||BAILEY(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)||5-2||W||-170||7.5 un||U||7||6||0||6||7||0|
|5/26/2013||CUETO(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||GARZA(R)|| |
|5/29/2013||ARROYO(R)||@ CLEVELAND||MASTERSON(R)|| |
|5/30/2013||BAILEY(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KAZMIR(L)|| |
|5/31/2013||CUETO(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||RODRIGUEZ(L)|| |
|6/1/2013|| ||@ PITTSBURGH|| || |
|6/2/2013|| ||@ PITTSBURGH|| || |
|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).
|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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (CHICAGO CUBS-CINCINNATI) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Cubs-Reds Preview* ===================
By TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer
Chicago (18-29) at Cincinnati (30-18), 1:10 p.m. EDT
Off to their best start in 18 years, the Cincinnati Reds aren't showing any signs of slowing down against a Chicago Cubs team they've dominated in recent years.
The Reds look to match their longest win streak of the season and beat their NL Central rivals for the 17th time in 19 games Sunday at Great American Ball Park.
Behind a four-run sixth and Homer Bailey's six solid innings, Cincinnati (31-18) won its fifth straight with a 5-2 victory over sinking Chicago (18-30) on Saturday.
The Reds have won 12 of 14 for their best start since winning the Central in 1995.
"This team has some big boys, veterans out on the field, and their pitching is some of the best in baseball," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said of the Reds. "It's tough to score on them. We're in all the games, but you can't add on or score on their bullpen."
With Johnny Cueto (2-0, 3.22 ERA) taking the ball in the series finale, Cincinnati appears to have a good chance to win its seventh in a row versus Chicago.
The right-hander, who had missed a little over a month because of a strained muscle in his upper back, overcame a season-high four walks and allowed three runs over five innings to beat the New York Mets 4-3 on Monday.
He fanned eight, including six of the last seven batters he faced.
"I told myself I have to start pitching the way I am," said Cueto of his strong finish. "Then after that, I said, `That is me."'
Cueto has had his own run of success against the Cubs, winning four straight starts and going 6-1 with a 1.75 ERA over his last 10 outings.
This time, he faces a Chicago team that has managed just 15 runs and a .200 batting average with runners in scoring position during its season-worst six-game losing streak.
Anthony Rizzo ended an 0-for-22 stretch by going 3 for 3 with two doubles Saturday, but he's 1 for 9 lifetime against Cueto.
Starlin Castro, who is 4 for 30 over his last seven contests, has also struggled with six hits in 27 at-bats in this matchup.
Chicago counters with right-hander Matt Garza (0-0, 0.00), who pitched well in his season debut following a 10-month layoff.
After being sidelined since July 21 because of a stress reaction in his right elbow and, later, a strained upper back, Garza struck out five and allowed one hit over five shutout innings before Pittsburgh rallied late for a 5-4 win Tuesday.
"He was really good," Sveum said. "He had a really good slider. His command, for it being his first time back, was outstanding. Even when he missed, he didn't miss by much. His velocity was good, too, consistently at 93-94."
Garza is 1-2 with a 3.80 ERA in four career starts against the Reds, though he hasn't faced them since 2011. He's allowed four earned runs over 10 innings in two Chicago losses at Great American Ball Park.
Shin-Soo Choo may have a tough time breaking out of his 1-for-19 funk since he's 1 for 8 with four strikeouts all-time against Garza.
Ryan Hanigan went 2 for 4 with an RBI double Saturday, raising his average to .381 with two doubles and nine RBIs in his last six games against the Cubs.
|Last Updated: 9/17/2014 12:31:09 AM EST|