|CINCINNATI ( BAILEY )|
CHICAGO CUBS ( LACKEY )
|907||CINCINNATI||+187||Ov 9.5,+105||+175||Ov 9,-125|
|908||CHICAGO CUBS||-205||Un 9.5,-125||-185||Un 9,+105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||43-47||+3.4||49-38||4.9||0.257||0.328||0.432||0.760||5.4||0.265||0.336||0.448||0.784|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+2.1||6-1||6.4||0.267||0.378||0.462||0.841||6.4||0.299||0.367||0.514||0.881|
|vs Right-handed Starters||43-46||-26.1||39-46||4.4||0.240||0.312||0.410||0.722||4.4||0.233||0.308||0.386||0.694|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-2.3||3-3||5.3||0.272||0.335||0.423||0.757||3.9||0.246||0.340||0.375||0.715|
|8/2/2017||STEPHENSON(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||WILLIAMS(R)||5-2||W||150||9 ov||U||10||9||0||5||7||0|
|8/3/2017||ROMANO(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||KUHL(R)||0-6||L||150||9 ov||U||4||7||1||13||7||0|
|8/4/2017||WOJCIECHOWSKI(R)||ST LOUIS||LEAKE(R)||3-2||W||-115||9.5 ev||U||9||4||0||9||10||0|
|8/5/2017||CASTILLO(R)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||1-4||L||-140||8.5 ov||U||5||7||0||4||7||0|
|8/6/2017||BAILEY(R)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||4-13||L||-120||9 ov||O||8||7||0||16||7||0|
|8/7/2017||ADLEMAN(R)||SAN DIEGO||CHACIN(R)||11-3||W||-125||9.5 un||O||8||2||0||8||6||0|
|8/8/2017||ROMANO(R)||SAN DIEGO||PERDOMO(R)||3-7||L||-135||9 ov||O||9||8||0||11||7||0|
|8/9/2017||WOJCIECHOWSKI(R)||SAN DIEGO||WOOD(L)||8-3||W||-150||9 ev||O||11||8||0||7||4||1|
|8/10/2017||CASTILLO(R)||SAN DIEGO||LAMET(R)||10-3||W||-140||8.5 ov||O||8||6||0||8||8||0|
|8/11/2017||BAILEY(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||NELSON(R)||11-10||W||165||8.5 ov||O||15||11||0||16||12||2|
|8/12/2017||FELDMAN(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||SUTER(L)||5-6||L||140||9 ov||O||6||6||0||12||12||0|
|8/13/2017||ROMANO(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||GARZA(R)||4-7||L||105||10.5 ov||O||8||8||1||8||4||1|
|8/14/2017||WOJCIECHOWSKI(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||QUINTANA(L)||5-15||L||185||9.5 un||O||8||11||1||17||10||1|
|8/15/2017||CASTILLO(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||HENDRICKS(R)||2-1||W||145||7.5 un||U||8||10||0||7||10||0|
|8/16/2017||BAILEY(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||LACKEY(R)|| |
|8/17/2017||FELDMAN(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||LESTER(L)|| |
|8/18/2017||ROMANO(R)||@ ATLANTA||DICKEY(R)|| |
|8/19/2017||WOJCIECHOWSKI(R)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)|| |
|8/20/2017||CASTILLO(R)||@ ATLANTA||NEWCOMB(L)|| |
|8/22/2017|| ||CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|8/23/2017|| ||CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|8/7/2017||ARRIETA(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||MOORE(L)||5-3||W||-175||8 ev||P||12||9||1||9||7||0|
|8/8/2017||QUINTANA(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||BLACH(L)||3-6||L||-185||7.5 un||O||8||7||1||9||5||2|
|8/9/2017||HENDRICKS(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)||1-3||L||105||7.5 un||U||6||6||0||9||8||0|
|8/11/2017||LACKEY(R)||@ ARIZONA||WALKER(R)||8-3||W||110||10.5 un||O||11||7||0||5||5||1|
|8/12/2017||LESTER(L)||@ ARIZONA||CORBIN(L)||2-6||L||105||9.5 un||U||9||11||1||12||9||2|
|8/13/2017||ARRIETA(R)||@ ARIZONA||GODLEY(R)||7-2||W||-105||9 ov||P||9||9||0||4||6||1|
|8/22/2017|| ||@ CINCINNATI|| || |
|8/23/2017|| ||@ CINCINNATI|| || |
|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.
|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.
|Reds hope to mount offense against Cubs' Lackey|
CHICAGO -- Given the deficit by which they lost to begin their visit to Wrigley Field, the Cincinnati Reds could have allowed their four-game series with the defending World Series champions to slip away before it really got started.
A 2-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday, however, may have changed that.
Now, the Reds look to string two victories together after dropping three consecutive games, including a 15-5 defeat to the Cubs on Monday. Game 3 of the four-game set is scheduled for Wednesday night at Wrigley Field.
"To come off a game like (Monday's) when we got beat really bad and (Tuesday) we had enough confidence to play the game, I feel like this win was big for us," said Billy Hamilton, whose ninth-inning RBI single was crucial in the Reds' victory Tuesday.
The Reds' attempt to maintain their momentum will face a challenge Wednesday from Cubs right-hander John Lackey, who has won each of his past five starts and hasn't lost since June 28.
Lackey (10-9, 4.82 ERA) is 1-1 with a 6.35 ERA in two starts against the Reds this season, and he is 6-5 with a 3.90 ERA in 15 career starts against Cincinnati.
The Reds will counter will Homer Bailey (4-6, 8.31 ERA), who will face the Cubs for the first time this season. Bailey, who is 8-3 with a 4.37 ERA in 16 career starts against the Cubs, has dropped four of his past six starts.
As Cincinnati continues to fight through a disappointing season, the Cubs are hoping to use a stretch against sub-.500 teams like the Reds to improve their playoff standing. Thanks to a St. Louis Cardinals loss Tuesday, the Cubs maintained their 1 1/2-game edge in the National League Central. The Milwaukee Brewers also climbed within 1 1/2 games of Chicago thanks to their win Tuesday.
Although the Cubs have struggled all season to play with any type of consistency, they are hoping that a tight race and tight games like Tuesday's might set them up for another lengthy postseason run.
"I think we've played a lot better the second half," Chicago second baseman Ben Zobrist said. "We can still play better, and we anticipate doing that. We're in a decent spot -- we're not exactly where we want to be ... but we'd like to be playing even better than we are and kind of run away with the division."
With a favorable stretch upcoming, the Cubs are in a position to make the kind of run that set them apart in the NL Central last season.
However, after leaving 10 runners on base Tuesday while going 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position, they know that even games against also-rans won't be easy.
"I'm hoping it's a dogfight and that we stay on top -- finish on top, that's it," Cubs right fielder Jason Heyward said after the Tuesday loss. "We're playing good baseball, we're battling on a daily basis, we're grinding, we're making adjustments and having fun competing, and that's all we can do."
|Last Updated: 2/17/2018 11:08:41 PM EST|