|CINCINNATI ( FELDMAN )|
CHICAGO CUBS ( LESTER )
|951||CINCINNATI||+210||Ov 12.5,-110||+225||Ov 12,+100|
|952||CHICAGO CUBS||-230||Un 12.5,-110||-250||Un 12,-120|
|vs Left-handed Starters||7-23||-16||16-12||3.9||0.242||0.304||0.409||0.713||5.8||0.274||0.353||0.489||0.843|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||+0.1||6-1||6.1||0.261||0.371||0.471||0.842||7.0||0.305||0.387||0.518||0.905|
|vs Right-handed Starters||44-46||-25.1||40-46||4.4||0.240||0.313||0.410||0.723||4.5||0.233||0.308||0.388||0.696|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.6||3-3||5.9||0.273||0.346||0.441||0.786||3.9||0.244||0.341||0.404||0.746|
|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)||6-7||L||175||10 un||O||9||5||0||8||5||0|
|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||BAILEY(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||LACKEY(R)|| |
|8/23/2017|| ||CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|8/24/2017|| ||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||LACKEY(R)||@ CINCINNATI||BAILEY(R)|| |
|8/23/2017|| ||@ CINCINNATI|| || |
|8/24/2017|| ||@ 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.
|Cubs' Lester looks to stay hot versus Reds|
CHICAGO -- Jon Lester hopes to resume a positive post-All-Star break run as the Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds wrap up a four-game series at Wrigley Field on Thursday.
Lester (8-7, 3.99 ERA) is 3-1 with a 3.26 ERA in six starts since the break with one blip -- allowing four runs (three earned) and seven hits over six innings in a 6-2 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday.
"It's like a start over for us at the break," Lester said recently. "As of now, that stuff is going well. There are some clunkers in there I wish I could take it back or grind through better and have a better outcome."
The Reds counter with ex-Cub right-hander Scott Feldman (7-7, 4.43 ERA).
The Cubs (63-56) will look for a third victory in the series win while the Reds (50-71) seek to avoid their fifth loss in six games.
The pressure at least will be off Joey Votto. The Reds first baseman went 1-for-4 on Wednesday and missed a chance to tie a record held by Ted Williams for the most consecutive games reaching base at least twice.
Votto's hot stretch -- which included a 17-game hitting streak -- was halted at 20 games, leaving intact Williams' 21-game record set in 1948.
"To me, he's the best guy going in baseball right now," Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta told WSCR-AM on Wednesday. "What he is able to do is hit quality pitches for power."
Feldman makes his second start since coming off a 25-day stay on the disabled list caused by right knee inflammation. He is tied with Michael Lorenzen for the Reds' lead in wins, and tied with Tim Adleman for the club lead in starts, and his nine quality starts are a team high.
Feldman pitched for the Cubs in 2013 before a trade to Baltimore. Since then, he has faced the Cubs twice -- both this season, going 1-1 with a 4.66 ERA. He allowed no runs on two hits over seven innings in a 5-0 victory on June 30.
"My hopes are that he'll be able to maintain what we saw those first couple of months, as far as being able to go out there and take the field and do all the little things that he had to do as a pitcher -- field your position, swing the bat, run the bases, et cetera, without too much issue," Reds manager Bryan Price said recently.
Lester is 4-3 with a 3.76 ERA in 14 home starts compared to 4-4, 4.27 in 11 appearances away from Wrigley Field. Lefties are batting only .184 against him while right-handers are hitting .264.
Lester is 4-1 with a 4.79 ERA in 11 career starts against Cincinnati, all coming since he joined the Cubs. Lester is 2-0 with a 3.94 in five Wrigley Field starts against the Reds.
The Cubs continue their homestand with a three-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays starting Friday.
The Reds next travel to Atlanta for their first games at SunTrust Park. That three-game series also opens Friday.
|Last Updated: 9/26/2017 1:30:34 PM EST|