|CHICAGO CUBS ( ARRIETA )|
CINCINNATI ( ROMANO )
|907||CHICAGO CUBS||-170||Ov 9.5,-115||-165||Ov 9.5,-110|
|908||CINCINNATI||+160||Un 9.5,-105||+155||Un 9.5,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||48-47||-23.6||44-47||4.7||0.243||0.316||0.414||0.730||4.6||0.234||0.310||0.392||0.702|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+3.5||6-1||8.0||0.297||0.380||0.484||0.864||6.1||0.260||0.337||0.452||0.789|
|vs Right-handed Starters||45-49||+3.9||52-39||5.0||0.260||0.331||0.438||0.769||5.5||0.267||0.339||0.448||0.787|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||+0.8||5-2||6.9||0.289||0.370||0.514||0.884||8.3||0.307||0.388||0.541||0.929|
|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)||9-3||W||-130||10 un||O||10||7||0||7||4||2|
|8/24/2017||ARRIETA(R)||@ CINCINNATI||ROMANO(R)|| |
|8/25/2017||QUINTANA(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||EICKHOFF(R)|| |
|8/26/2017||HENDRICKS(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||LIVELY(R)|| |
|8/27/2017||LACKEY(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||NOLA(R)|| |
|8/30/2017|| ||PITTSBURGH|| || |
|8/31/2017|| ||ATLANTA|| || |
|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)||3-9||L||+120||10 un||O||7||4||2||10||7||0|
|8/24/2017||ROMANO(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||ARRIETA(R)|| |
|8/29/2017||WOJCIECHOWSKI(R)||NY METS||FLEXEN(R)|| |
|8/30/2017|| ||NY METS|| || |
|8/31/2017|| ||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.
|Cubs feel good about health entering series finale vs. Reds|
CINCINNATI -- Slowly but surely, the Chicago Cubs are getting healthy. And at just the right time.
Catcher Willson Contreras, shortstop Addison Russell and left-hander Jon Lester all have gotten positive reports from their side work at Great American Ball Park during the three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds, and all three are ready for the next steps toward being reinstated from the disabled list.
Cubs manager Joe Maddon said the silver lining to the sudden rash of injuries is that those guys should benefit from the rest.
"The guys that have been hurt will come back a little fresh," Maddon said. "We intend on playing another couple of months."
The Cubs and Reds play the final game of the series on Thursday night. Chicago (68-57) has won five straight games and is a season-high 11 games above .500.
"We've been able to hold serve well," Maddon said. "We've actually gotten better. The starters have gotten better. The bullpen's trending in the right direction. There's a lot of good stuff."
Russell should return soon, but he will need a couple of rehab starts. Contreras will take as much time as needed to make sure his hamstring is 100 percent. Lester is scheduled to throw a bullpen on Friday in Philadelphia.
So things are looking good for the defending World Series champions.
First things first: The Cubs are looking to complete the sweep of Cincinnati, with right-hander Jake Arrieta set to make his 26th start of the season.
Arrieta (13-8, 3.63 ERA) picked up his team-high 13th win on Friday against Toronto and has allowed two or fewer earned runs in each of his seven straight quality starts, going 5-1 with a 2.00 ERA in that stretch.
Arrieta has made five straight road starts against the Reds, and the Cubs have won all of them.
Reds right-hander Sal Romano (3-5, 5.32) doesn't turn 24 until October, but he will make his 10th career appearance and eighth straight start. He's one of four rookies in the Reds' rotation. It will be his first appearance against the Cubs.
The Reds (53-74) are expected to start rookie Jesse Winker on Thursday.
Winker is batting .309 in 14 appearances since being recalled on Aug. 1. In order to free up playing time for Winker, the Reds optioned outfielder Philip Ervin to Triple-A on Wednesday.
"We knew we were going to send (Ervin) to Louisville to get some regular at-bats before September," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "Winker already isn't getting regular at-bats, and it's harder with two guys."
The Cubs have won 28 of the past 37 games against Cincinnati and nine of the previous 12 series. The teams split a four-game series at Wrigley Field last week.
Chicago hopes to have third baseman Kris Bryant back in the lineup. He missed Wednesday's game after being hit on the left hand by a pitch on Tuesday night.
"We're in the latter part of August," Maddon said. "When you move into that next month, man, and you're in the running, it's a different vibe. You can see the finish line. The weather cools down. It's a different feeling coming to the ballpark every day."
|Last Updated: 9/24/2017 6:17:21 PM EST|