|CHICAGO CUBS ( JACKSON )|
CINCINNATI ( CINGRANI )
|903||CHICAGO CUBS||+200||Ov 8,-105||+200||Ov 8,+100|
|904||CINCINNATI||-220||Un 8,-115||-220||Un 8,-120|
|vs Left-handed Starters||20-19||+7.4||13-23||3.5||0.242||0.302||3.9||0.245||0.316|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.4||2-3||4.0||0.232||0.292||4.3||0.255||0.322|
|vs Right-handed Starters||58-39||+5.2||51-42||4.6||0.257||0.330||3.7||0.239||0.294|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.2||1-5||3.0||0.232||0.315||2.3||0.190||0.228|
|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)||2-0||W||165||7.5 ov||U||7||6||0||7||9||0|
|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||JACKSON(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||PERALTA(R)|| |
|9/17/2013|| ||@ MILWAUKEE|| || |
|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)||0-2||L||-175||7.5 ov||U||7||9||0||7||6||0|
|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||CINGRANI(L)||@ HOUSTON||COSART(R)|| |
|9/17/2013|| ||@ 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 (60-82) at Cincinnati (82-62), 7:10 p.m. EDT
While the Cincinnati Reds were hoping to continue their playoff push against the last-place Chicago Cubs, manager Dale Sveum's club played the role of spoiler in the opener of this three-game set.
Another victory, though, could be hard to come by for Chicago, which hasn't posted back-to-back wins over Cincinnati in almost two years.
The Reds try to avoid consecutive home losses for the first time in well over a month as these NL Centrals rivals meet again Tuesday night.
Cincinnati (82-63) had won four straight overall and 22 of 26 against Chicago (61-82) before falling 2-0 on Monday. The Reds went 0 for 10 with runners in scoring position, dropping one game behind Pittsburgh for the wild-card lead and two in back of division-leading St. Louis.
"We've been rolling and winning some ballgames," said losing pitcher Bronson Arroyo, who was outdueled by Travis Wood. "It was just a hard-fought game where you don't feel you pitched that bad, the guy on the other side just does a little better job than you."
Ryan Sweeney and Luis Valbuena both homered for the Cubs, who despite Monday's win are an NL-worst 13-27 since July 29. They haven't pulled out consecutive victories over Cincinnati since Sept. 7-12, 2011, while the Reds haven't dropped two in a row at home since July 21 and Aug. 2.
Chicago could have its hands full against rookie Tony Cingrani (7-3, 2.80 ERA). After missing two weeks with a strained lower back, Cingrani allowed two runs in 5 1-3 innings to beat St. Louis 6-2 on Thursday.
"Just getting out there and throwing it and getting that same torque on my back and that adrenaline, it was good," he told MLB's official website. "It felt pretty good to get back out there."
Cingrani also came up big at the plate, going 1 for 2 with a run scored and a stolen base. He is 7 for 28 with four runs on the season.
"Love him to death, man," third baseman Todd Frazier said of Cingrani. "I love his energy, I love his poise out there. I'm very happy with what he did, and he's healthy."
The left-hander has recorded a 3.60 ERA and a .182 opponents' batting average while going 1-0 in three starts against Chicago. He surrendered two runs over seven innings in a 12-2 road victory June 11.
Cingrani has held Starlin Castro hitless in nine at-bats, and Darwin Barney and Welington Castillo are both 0 for 7. Castro, hitless in his last 15 at-bats, is 11 for 71 (.155) against the Reds this year.
The Cubs give the ball to Edwin Jackson (7-15, 4.91), the league leader in losses. He is on the verge of a career-worst 16th defeat after going 0-4 with a 5.88 ERA in his last six starts.
The right-hander held Miami scoreless through four innings before giving up three runs in the fifth last Tuesday in a 6-2 loss.
"It's definitely been a disappointing season," he said. "But every lesson is a lesson learned. You either accept it and be complacent with it or you find ways to keep working harder and get ready to bounce back."
Jackson gave up four runs in five innings in a 7-4 loss to Cincinnati on May 5.
While Shin-Soo Choo is 10 for 25 with three doubles in their matchups, Jay Bruce and Ryan Ludwick are a combined 3 for 22. Zack Cozart, who is 0 for 6 against Jackson, is batting .382 during a career-high 14-game hitting streak.
|Last Updated: 10/21/2014 12:47:26 AM EST|