|CHICAGO CUBS ( LESTER )|
CINCINNATI ( ADLEMAN )
|955||CHICAGO CUBS||-180||Ov 8.5,-115||-180||Ov 8.5,+115|
|956||CINCINNATI||+170||Un 8.5,-105||+170||Un 8.5,-135|
|vs Right-handed Starters||4-7||-7.8||5-5||3.7||0.240||0.306||0.361||0.668||4.4||0.225||0.295||0.397||0.692|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-4.5||4-3||4.7||0.262||0.327||0.425||0.752||5.0||0.246||0.313||0.466||0.779|
|vs Left-handed Starters||0-2||-2.2||1-1||2.5||0.152||0.176||0.303||0.480||6.0||0.239||0.316||0.408||0.725|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3||3-4||3.4||0.197||0.263||0.350||0.613||4.4||0.234||0.300||0.421||0.721|
|4/7/2017||ANDERSON(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||NELSON(R)||1-2||L||-165||9 un||U||6||9||0||7||9||1|
|4/8/2017||HENDRICKS(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||MILONE(L)||11-6||W||-175||8.5 ov||O||17||11||0||7||4||0|
|4/9/2017||ARRIETA(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||DAVIES(R)||7-4||W||-170||8 ov||O||11||8||0||4||2||2|
|4/10/2017||LESTER(L)||LA DODGERS||WOOD(L)||3-2||W||-140||8.5 un||U||6||10||3||6||8||2|
|4/12/2017||LACKEY(R)||LA DODGERS||MCCARTHY(R)||0-2||L||-130||7.5 un||U||5||5||1||5||9||1|
|4/13/2017||ANDERSON(L)||LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||4-0||W||-120||7.5 un||U||8||6||0||6||9||0|
|4/21/2017||LESTER(L)||@ CINCINNATI||ADLEMAN(R)|| |
|4/22/2017||ARRIETA(R)||@ CINCINNATI||REED(L)|| |
|4/23/2017||LACKEY(R)||@ CINCINNATI||ARROYO(R)|| |
|4/24/2017||ANDERSON(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||KUHL(R)|| |
|4/25/2017||HENDRICKS(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||COLE(R)|| |
|4/26/2017||LESTER(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||GLASNOW(R)|| |
|4/28/2017|| ||@ BOSTON|| || |
|4/7/2017||GARRETT(L)||@ ST LOUIS||LEAKE(R)||2-0||W||155||8 ov||U||7||6||0||2||4||0|
|4/8/2017||ARROYO(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WACHA(R)||4-10||L||180||8.5 ev||O||7||3||0||10||12||0|
|4/9/2017||FELDMAN(R)||@ ST LOUIS||MARTINEZ(R)||8-0||W||170||8 ov||P||11||8||0||6||5||3|
|4/10/2017||FINNEGAN(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||GLASNOW(R)||7-1||W||120||8.5 ov||U||8||8||0||4||8||2|
|4/11/2017||DAVIS(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||TAILLON(R)||6-2||W||170||8 ov||P||10||6||1||6||11||0|
|4/12/2017||GARRETT(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||NOVA(R)||9-2||W||150||8 ov||O||15||8||0||7||6||1|
|4/21/2017||ADLEMAN(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||LESTER(L)|| |
|4/22/2017||REED(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||ARRIETA(R)|| |
|4/23/2017||ARROYO(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||LACKEY(R)|| |
|4/24/2017||GARRETT(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||GARZA(R)|| |
|4/25/2017||FELDMAN(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||DAVIES(R)|| |
|4/26/2017||ADLEMAN(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||PERALTA(R)|| |
|4/28/2017|| ||@ ST LOUIS|| || |
|CHICAGO CUBS: 2016: 103-58, won World Series
Manager: Joe Maddon (third season)
Who's new? OF Jon Jay, RHP Wade Davis, LHP Brett Anderson, RHP Koji Uehara, LHP Brian Duensing, RHP Eddie Butler
Who's gone? OF Dexter Fowler, IF/OF Jorge Soler, LHP Aroldis Chapman, LHP Travis Wood, RHP Trevor Cahill, RHP Jason Hammel
Projected lineup: LF Kyle Schwarber (.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI in two games), 3B Kris Bryant (.292, 39, 102), 1B Anthony Rizzo (.292, 32, 109), 2B Ben Zobrist (.272, 18, 76), SS Addison Russell (.238, 21, 95), RF Jason Heyward (.230, 7, 49, 11 SB), C Willson Contreras (.282, 12, 35), CF Jon Jay (.291, 2, 26 with Padres) or Albert Almora (.277, 3, 14 in 47 games)
Rotation: LH Jon Lester (19-5, 2.44 ERA), RH Jake Arrieta (18-8, 3.10), RH Kyle Hendricks (16-8, 2.13), RH John Lackey (11-8, 3.35), LH Brett Anderson (1-2, 11.91 in four games with Dodgers) or LH Mike Montgomery (4-5, 2.52 with Mariners and Cubs) or RH Eddie Butler (2-5, 7.17 with Rockies) or LH Rob Zastryzny (1-0, 1.13 ERA in eight games) or RH Alec Mills (0-0, 13.50 in three games with Royals)
Key relievers: RH Wade Davis (2-1, 1.87, 27/30 SV with Royals), RH Pedro Strop (2-2, 2.85), RH Hector Rondon (2-3, 3.53, 18/23 SV), RH Koji Uehara (2-3, 3.45, 7/9 SV with Red Sox), RH Carl Edwards Jr. (0-1, 3.75), RH Justin Grimm (2-1, 4.10), LH Brian Duensing (1-0, 4.05 with Royals)
Hot spots: Fifth Starter. Of all the candidates vying to replace Hammel, who signed with Kansas City as a free agent, most have plenty of upside but didn't log many innings last year. That includes Anderson, who had one productive season and one unproductive season for the Dodgers. Keep an eye on southpaw Montgomery, who tossed two shutouts as a starter for the Mariners in 2015, came to the Cubs last year in a midseason trade, then was effective as a reliever. Last time he was on the mound, he recorded the save in Game 7 of the World Series.
Outlook: There hasn't been a back-to-back champion this century. For opponents of the Cubs, that might be the most tangible nugget of hope. Most of the key players return from a powerhouse team that played historically good defense, got no fewer than 165 innings from each of its top five starters, and featured a deep lineup led by NL MVP Kris Bryant. In the bullpen, two-time All-Star Davis is capable of replacing closer Chapman if he's healthy. Among the Cubs' regular position players, only Zobrist and new center fielder Jay are over 30 ' everyone else is either entering or in the midst of his prime. This is a strong outlook.
|CINCINNATI: 2016: 68-94, fifth place
Manager: Bryan Price (third season)
Who's new? RHP Scott Feldman, RHP Drew Storen, RHP Lisalverto Bonilla, OF Ryan Raburn, OF Desmond Jennings, IF/OF Arismendy Alcantara
Who's gone? 2B Brandon Phillips, C Ramon Cabrera, RHP Dan Straily, RHP Ross Ohlendorf, RHP Alfredo Simon, LHP John Lamb, RHP Josh Smith
Projected lineup: CF Billy Hamilton (.260, 3 HR, 17 RBI, 58 SB), SS Zack Cozart (.252, 16, 50), 1B Joey Votto (.326, 29, 97), LF Adam Duvall (.241, 33, 103), RF Scott Schebler (.265, 9, 40), 3B Eugenio Suarez (.248, 21, 70), C Devin Mesoraco (.140, 0, 1 in 16 games), 2B Jose Peraza (.324, 3, 25, 21 SB)
Rotation: RH Anthony DeSclafani (9-5, 3.28 ERA), RH Scott Feldman (7-4, 3.97 with Astros and Blue Jays), LH Brandon Finnegan (10-11, 3.98), RH Tim Adleman (4-4, 4.00), RH Robert Stephenson (2-3, 6.08) or Cody Reed (0-7, 7.36) or Amir Garrett (2-5, 3.46 for Triple-A Louisville)
Key relievers: RH Raisel Iglesias (3-2, 2.53, 6/8 SV), RH Drew Storen (3-0, 3.44 with Mariners), RH Michael Lorenzen (2-1, 2.88), LH Tony Cingrani (2-5, 4.14, 17/23 SV), RH Jumbo Diaz (1-1, 3.14), RH Blake Wood (6-5, 3.99)
Hot spot: Rotation. The Reds' rebuilding effort is just beginning to bear fruit on the mound. DeSclafani, 26, made a big leap in his second full season in 2016. Finnegan, 23, will try to do the same this year. If the next wave of pitchers isn't ready for the major leagues, Stephenson, Reed, Garrett, Sal Romano and Rookie Davis would make a mean rotation at Triple-A. Meanwhile, 40-year-old Bronson Arroyo will try to hold down a job like it's 2004.
Outlook: After trading Phillips to the Braves, only Votto and pitcher Homer Bailey remain from the Reds' last season as a contending team. Cincinnati was basically a .500 team (36-37) after the All-Star break last season, so maybe a return to respectability isn't far off. Hamilton and infielder Jose Peraza, electric on the bases and in the field, have breakout potential. There might not be another star on the roster besides Votto, but that's OK for now. With no veterans blocking their best prospects, the Reds can use this season to figure out what their system holds.
|Reds look to reverse losing trend vs. Cubs|
CINCINNATI -- En route to their first World Series championship in 108 years, the Chicago Cubs thoroughly dominated the Cincinnati Reds.
Manager Joe Maddon's club went 15-4 last season against the Reds, including 8-2 at Great American Ball Park. The National League Central rivals will meet for the first time this season Friday night in the opener of a three-game weekend series.
The Cubs (8-7) have won 18 of the past 22 games vs. Cincinnati and six of the past seven series. Chicago hit 42 home runs against Reds pitching in 2016, the most in a single season against Cincinnati.
If the Reds (9-7) are going to continue their surprising start to 2017, they'll need to find a way to exorcise their Cubbie demons.
"We'd like to be a player in this division and, to do that, we've got to play better against every team in the division," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "We can't let them run roughshod over us for 19 games."
The Cubs enter Friday's game with a streak of 12 straight games with at least one homer at Great American Ball Park, four games shy of the record for consecutive games with a homer by an opponent.
Anthony Rizzo hit six homers along the banks of the Ohio River last year. Kris Bryant and Ben Zobrist each hit five.
Bryant went deep 10 times against Cincinnati last year, second-most by a Reds opposing player. Eddie Mathews hit 11 against them in 1953 and Earl Torgeson had 11 in 1950.
Cincinnati's pitching staff, in particular the bullpen, is more stable this season and better positioned to handle a lineup like the Cubs.
"I think we have a better-structured bullpen," Price said. "They beat us up last year, starting and relieving. It was hard to consistently get behind and expect to get back in the game."
Right-hander Tim Adleman will make his first start and second appearance of the season Friday night. He has faced the Cubs twice in his career, going 1-0 with a 3.97 ERA. Adleman was recalled from Triple-A Louisville on Sunday when left-hander Brandon Finnegan went on the disabled list with a shoulder strain.
Cincinnati has owned at least a share of first place in the NL Central for 16 straight days.
"The thing that shouldn't be overlooked is that we're getting good pitching, and we're going to need that compete in our division," Price said.
With an off-day Thursday, the Cubs switched Jon Lester's and Jake Arrieta's spots in the rotation. Lester will start Friday and Arrieta on Saturday.
Lester is coming off seven scoreless innings on Sunday against the Pirates, but it was another hard-luck effort. He ranks among the league ERA leaders with two earned runs in 18 innings over three outings, but he remains winless.
Lester is 3-1 with a 3.32 ERA in nine career starts against Cincinnati.
The Cubs are coming off an eventful homestand at Wrigley Field where they raised banners and distributed championship rings from the 2016 World Series title. The series was capped off by Addison Russell's walk-off, three-run homer Wednesday.
But, it's back to business now as Maddon told MLB.com: "It's been an emotional week. I like where we're at and what we're doing."
|Last Updated: 7/27/2017 7:45:55 PM EST|