|CHICAGO CUBS ( WOOD )|
CINCINNATI ( ARROYO )
|951||CHICAGO CUBS||+180||Ov 8,-105||+170||Ov 7.5,-115|
|952||CINCINNATI||-190||Un 8,-115||-180||Un 7.5,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||40-63||-17.8||49-49||4.0||0.237||0.294||4.4||0.246||0.313|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-2.1||2-3||4.7||0.243||0.309||4.4||0.246||0.322|
|vs Left-handed Starters||24-23||-2.3||17-27||3.8||0.240||0.306||3.5||0.229||0.279|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+5||2-4||4.0||0.254||0.344||2.3||0.181||0.217|
|8/26/2013||ARRIETA(R)||@ LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)||2-6||L||230||7 ev||O||5||4||0||9||9||0|
|8/27/2013||WOOD(L)||@ LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||3-2||W||250||6 ov||U||9||13||1||7||9||2|
|8/28/2013||JACKSON(R)||@ LA DODGERS||NOLASCO(R)||0-4||L||190||7.5 un||U||3||6||1||6||4||1|
|9/9/2013||WOOD(L)||@ CINCINNATI||ARROYO(R)|| |
|9/10/2013||JACKSON(R)||@ CINCINNATI||CINGRANI(L)|| |
|9/11/2013||SAMARDZIJA(R)||@ CINCINNATI||LEAKE(R)|| |
|9/12/2013||RUSIN(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||LOCKE(L)|| |
|9/13/2013||ARRIETA(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||MORTON(R)|| |
|9/14/2013||BAKER(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||COLE(R)|| |
|9/15/2013||WOOD(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||LIRIANO(L)|| |
|9/16/2013|| ||@ MILWAUKEE|| || |
|8/26/2013||LEAKE(R)||@ ST LOUIS||LYONS(L)||6-8||L||-105||9 un||O||6||5||0||8||3||1|
|8/27/2013||LATOS(R)||@ ST LOUIS||KELLY(R)||1-6||L||-120||8 ov||U||8||8||1||11||6||0|
|8/28/2013||BAILEY(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||10-0||W||130||7.5 ov||O||13||7||1||5||7||0|
|8/30/2013||ARROYO(R)||@ COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)||6-9||L||-130||10 un||O||11||8||0||19||9||0|
|8/31/2013||REYNOLDS(R)||@ COLORADO||NICASIO(R)||8-3||W||105||10.5 un||O||13||7||1||7||3||0|
|9/1/2013||LEAKE(R)||@ COLORADO||CHATWOOD(R)||4-7||L||-120||10 un||O||15||11||0||12||7||0|
|9/2/2013||LATOS(R)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||7-2||W||-120||7.5 un||O||12||10||0||4||3||0|
|9/3/2013||BAILEY(R)||ST LOUIS||WACHA(R)||1-0||W||-140||8 un||U||5||6||0||2||4||0|
|9/4/2013||ARROYO(R)||ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)||4-5||L||-115||8 un||O||10||9||1||12||7||0|
|9/5/2013||CINGRANI(L)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||6-2||W||-150||8 un||P||10||11||0||5||4||0|
|9/6/2013||LEAKE(R)||LA DODGERS||CAPUANO(L)||3-2||W||-120||9 un||U||7||6||0||5||2||0|
|9/7/2013||LATOS(R)||LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)||4-3||W||-120||7.5 ov||U||11||11||1||10||9||0|
|9/8/2013||BAILEY(R)||LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||3-2||W||+115||6.5 ov||U||6||7||1||6||4||0|
|9/9/2013||ARROYO(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)|| |
|9/10/2013||CINGRANI(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)|| |
|9/11/2013||LEAKE(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)|| |
|9/13/2013||LATOS(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||LOHSE(R)|| |
|9/14/2013||BAILEY(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||HELLWEG(R)|| |
|9/15/2013||ARROYO(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||GALLARDO(R)|| |
|9/16/2013|| ||@ HOUSTON|| || |
|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 NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Chicago (60-81) at Cincinnati (81-62), 7:10 p.m. EDT
While the Cincinnati Reds sit comfortably atop the NL wild-card standings, they have their sights set on winning the Central.
Facing the division's last-place team isn't likely to hurt their cause.
The surging Reds try to continue their recent domination of the Chicago Cubs in Monday night's series opener at Great American Ball Park.
Cincinnati (82-62) enters this three-game set seeking a fifth consecutive victory after sweeping the Los Angeles Dodgers over the weekend. Jay Bruce hit two solo homers and Ryan Hanigan drove in Zack Cozart with a walkoff double in Sunday's 3-2 victory, moving the Reds into a virtual second-place tie in the division.
Cincinnati and Pittsburgh are 1 1/2 games behind first-place St. Louis.
"Man, guys are excited in there and they should be," said manager Dusty Baker, whose team is eight games ahead of third-place Washington in the wild-card race. "We've just got to keep going. We're in second place now, hopefully headed toward first."
Cincinnati would appear to have a good chance to do just that against the Cubs (60-82). The Reds have averaged 5.2 runs and hit 27 homers in taking 22 of 26 from Chicago, which is an NL-worst 12-27 since July 29.
"You never want to be a spoiler, and not that there's really any spoiling going on," Cubs manager Dale Sveum told MLB's official website. "You're getting in that playoff-type atmosphere when you're trying to win a division. ... It's good for everybody to see that and play in those atmospheres. It's different."
Chicago is hoping to avoid a third straight loss after falling 3-1 to Milwaukee on Sunday. Rookie Junior Lake went 2 for 3 with his sixth homer, but the rest of the team was 1 for 27.
The Cubs could be in for another long day at the plate against Reds starter Bronson Arroyo (13-10, 3.62 ERA). The right-hander, who has won four consecutive starts in the series, is 9-3 with a 2.75 ERA in his last 15 outings versus Chicago.
Arroyo has also shined at home, going 9-3 with a 3.16 ERA. He recorded his 15th quality start in 17 outings there Wednesday, allowing three runs over seven innings in a 5-4, 16-inning loss to St. Louis.
Arroyo will be opposed by Travis Wood (8-11, 3.17), who is 2-5 with a 3.99 ERA in nine starts since representing Chicago in the All-Star game. The left-hander surrendered four runs and nine hits in seven innings last Monday in a 4-3 loss to Miami.
Wood, who spent the first two seasons of his career with Cincinnati, is still trying to beat his former team. He allowed two runs over a season-high eight innings in a hard-luck 2-0 loss Aug. 12, dropping to 0-4 with a 4.15 ERA in six starts against the Reds.
Cozart is 1 for 16 in their matchups, and Shin-Soo Choo and Joey Votto are both 1 for 10. Bruce and Todd Frazier, though, are a combined 10 for 28 with four homers.
Cozart is batting .373 during a career-best 13-game hitting streak.
The Cubs will also need to be wary of speedster Billy Hamilton, who has wreaked havoc on the basepaths since getting called up last Monday. Hamilton, still seeking his first at-bat, has stolen four bases in as many tries and scored three runs as a pinch runner.
"The more you try to stop it, the more bad pitches you throw," Sveum said. "You don't really stop that kind of speed, otherwise people would've stopped it."
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 11:18:08 AM EST|