|CHICAGO CUBS ( MONTGOMERY )|
CINCINNATI ( WOJCIECHOWSKI )
|959||CHICAGO CUBS||-155||Ov 11,+100||-140||Ov 10,-105|
|960||CINCINNATI||+145||Un 11,-120||+130||Un 10,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||47-47||-24.6||43-47||4.6||0.242||0.315||0.414||0.729||4.6||0.235||0.311||0.391||0.702|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+1||5-2||6.9||0.289||0.370||0.450||0.820||6.0||0.265||0.353||0.426||0.779|
|vs Left-handed Starters||8-24||-14.8||17-13||4.1||0.245||0.311||0.409||0.720||6.0||0.278||0.356||0.505||0.861|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+3.2||4-3||6.7||0.294||0.386||0.488||0.874||7.1||0.300||0.379||0.510||0.889|
|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)||13-9||W||-155||10.5 ev||O||13||10||0||13||8||2|
|8/23/2017||MONTGOMERY(L)||@ CINCINNATI||WOJCIECHOWSKI(R)|| |
|8/24/2017||ARRIETA(R)||@ CINCINNATI||ROMANO(R)|| |
|8/25/2017||QUINTANA(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||LIVELY(R)|| |
|8/26/2017||HENDRICKS(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||PIVETTA(R)|| |
|8/27/2017||LACKEY(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||NOLA(R)|| |
|8/28/2017|| ||PITTSBURGH|| || |
|8/29/2017|| ||PITTSBURGH|| || |
|8/30/2017|| ||PITTSBURGH|| || |
|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)||13-10||W||225||12 un||O||12||8||0||13||5||1|
|8/18/2017||ROMANO(R)||@ ATLANTA||DICKEY(R)||5-3||W||105||9.5 ov||U||9||8||0||8||8||0|
|8/19/2017||STEPHENSON(R)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)||11-8||W||150||10 ov||O||14||7||3||15||14||1|
|8/20/2017||CASTILLO(R)||@ ATLANTA||NEWCOMB(L)||1-8||L||100||9.5 ev||U||8||13||0||12||9||0|
|8/22/2017||BAILEY(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||LACKEY(R)||9-13||L||+145||10.5 ev||O||13||8||2||13||10||0|
|8/23/2017||WOJCIECHOWSKI(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||MONTGOMERY(L)|| |
|8/24/2017||ROMANO(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||ARRIETA(R)|| |
|8/29/2017|| ||NY METS|| || |
|8/30/2017|| ||NY METS|| || |
|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.
|Back in Cubs' rotation, Montgomery starts vs. Reds|
CINCINNATI -- Mike Montgomery's current stint in the Chicago Cubs' rotation isn't necessarily an audition for 2018. Manager Joe Maddon already is convinced that the 28-year-old left-hander's future isn't in the bullpen.
"He is a starter," Maddon said Tuesday. "I see him as a major league starter who we utilize in our bullpen. The reason that he's done so well is that he's accepted that (role). He knows his time is going to come. I tell him that all the time."
Montgomery (3-6, 3.63 ERA) is scheduled to make his ninth start of the season on Wednesday night in the second of three games against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. It will be his first start since he was inserted into the Cubs' rotation when Jon Lester went on the disabled list. Montgomery's last start was July 19 at Atlanta.
As a starter, Montgomery owns a 5.13 ERA. In his last outing, Montgomery tossed 4 1/3 shutout innings against the Reds, which tied the longest relief outing for a Cubs pitcher this season.
"The work he's done in the bullpen and his spot starts have been great," Maddon said. "He's got a lot of different weapons. As he learns not to force pitches in situations, he's going to get really good. The big thing is his fastball command. When his fastball is going exactly where he wants it to, he's really going to take off fast."
Right-hander Asher Wojciechowski hopes to be a part of the Reds' future plans as well. Wojciechowski (3-2, 5.36 ERA) will make his 17th appearance of the season and eighth start. He is one of four rookies currently in Cincinnati's rotation. It is his second career appearance and start against the Cubs. The first one didn't go so well.
On Aug. 14 at Wrigley Field, Wojciechowski lasted just 3 2/3 innings and allowed seven runs in a 15-5 loss. He yielded 10 hits, including two home runs. Wojciechowski didn't walk a batter while striking out five that day.
The Reds (53-73) are rebuilding around young pitching. They want to get a look at several of their top young arms, including Wojciechowski, in the closing weeks.
"They can't all make the team, but what we have to do is make sure that 2018 isn't another 2017, where we haven't moved the needle forward at all," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "If we have an open tryout in 2018, that will be a big mistake for us. A boost could come from having (Brandon) Finnegan back and having (Anthony) DeSclafani back."
Reds first baseman Joey Votto, a consummate Cubs killer, has reached base in 26 consecutive games, one shy of his season-best streak. Votto has three homers, five doubles and 13 RBIs in 14 games this season against the Cubs.
The Cubs (67-57) have won 27 of the past 36 games against the Reds, and they have a chance to clinch their eighth victory in the previous 12 series with a win on Wednesday. The teams split a four-game series at Wrigley Field last week.
|Last Updated: 2/21/2018 3:16:52 AM EST|