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Series Preview – Cubs @ Reds; May 24 – May 26, 2013

Reds preview

I think I mentioned that it was imperative for the Cubs to get off to a good start on this road trip to avoid a disaster, well that didn’t happen.  The Cubs limp into this weekend series against the Reds after getting swept by the Pirates and losing five out of their last six.  That’s why I said that the Mets series would have either been a step forward or a big step back, they lost that series and spiraled since, that would be a step back as they sit ten games under .500 now which is a low water mark.  Things aren’t going to get any easier as the Cubs start a three game series in Cincinnati tonight, a place where the Reds are 16-6 on the season, and have won eight of their last ten overall.  Reds preview 5-24If there is any good news heading into this series it’s that the Cubs have played the Reds tough all year-long, that doesn’t necessarily mean wins, guess we’ll have to rely on moral victories at this point.  The Reds are back to scoring runs in bunches again and have scored 225 on the season, that’s good for sixth in the majors.  They hold a huge edge in the department over the Cubs and the 179 runs they have scored this season.  Scoring runs isn’t the only thing the Reds do well, they are pretty good at preventing the other team from doing so.  They have a 3.31 team ERA which is third best in the Majors, you add up that kind of offense, and pitching and you get a team that is 29-18 on the season.  The Cubs will need a perfect series in order to take two out of three this weekend.

Last Series:

The Cubs were swept in Pittsburgh, three games that we should all just forget about.

The Reds are rolling as they have won three straight, and eight out of their last ten.  They are coming off a three game sweep of the Mets in New York.

Game Times and Broadcast Information:

  • Friday, May 24, 2013 – 6:10 PM CST on WGN
  • Saturday, May 25, 2013 – 3:10 PM CST on WGN
  • Sunday, May 26, 2013 – 12:10 PM CST on CSN Chicago

Starting Pitchers Scheduled:

Cubs:

Game One – Scott Feldman (4-3, 2.19)
– Career vs. Reds (first appearance)

Game Two – Travis Wood (4-2, 2.24)
– Career vs. Reds (3 GS) (0-1, 4.42)

Game Three – Matt Garza (0-0, 0.00)
– Career vs. Reds (4 GS) (1-2, 3.80)

Reds:

Game One – Bronson Arroyo (4-2, 3.25)
– Career vs. Cubs (28 appearances, 26 GS) (11-9, 2.99)

Game Two – Homer Bailey (2-3, 3.09)
– Career vs. Cubs (10 GS) (5-2, 5.12)

Game Three – Johnny Cueto (2-0, 3.22)
– Career vs. Cubs (18 GS) (8-6, 3.01)

Bold Prediction:

The Cubs send their number four, five, and one starters to the mound in this series, and oddly enough that might be their best chance to win.  Travis Wood, and Scott Feldman have been as good as any pitcher this year, not just on the Cubs either.  With that said, the Reds are finding their groove and the Cubs look disinterested so I think they lose two out of three this weekend.  HOWEVER, of course there is a however, I think if they can steal the first game tonight they could win two out of three, fingers crossed.Rizzo 5-24

Cub to Watch:

Time for Anthony Rizzo to get back on track as he has struggled since signing his big contract extension.  Could that be a product of Rizzo trying to justify his contract, I don’t think so, I think he is just pressing at the moment knowing he is a big part of this offense and is struggling.  Rizzo has had success against Arroyo in the past (3-for-8), if he has a big night tonight then expect a big series as Rizzo usually parlays one big game into a torrid week or so.

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Series Preview – Cubs @ Reds; April 22 – April 24, 2013

Time to start playing good baseball, and getting some wins, and no better time than right now.  The Cubs travel to Cincinnati to take on the first place Reds for a three game series beginning tonight.  The Reds have been playing solid baseball as of late as they are 6-4 in their last ten games, and have won seven of eight.  The Cubs are the exact opposite, having lost three straight and only winning three times in their last ten games.  The Reds are also clicking on all cylinders at home as they have an impressive 10-3 home record, if they could do anything on the road they might have a three or four game lead in the division, but they are only 1-5 away from Great American Ballpark.  As bad as the Cubs have been, they are only 4.5 games out of first in a tightly packed Central Division, time to get hot, hopefully it starts tonight.

Central Standings 4-22

Last Series:

The Cubs came up empty in Milwaukee, getting swept in the three game series.

The Reds took three out of four from the Marlins in Cincinnati.

Game Times and Broadcast Information:

  • Monday, April 22, 2013 – 6:10 PM CST on CSN Chicago
  • Tuesday, April 23, 2013 – 6:10 PM CST on WGN TV
  • Wednesday, April 24, 2013 – 11:35 AM CST on CSN Chicago, MLBN

Starting Pitchers Scheduled:

Cubs:

Game One – Travis Wood (1-1, 1.83)
– Career vs. Reds (2 GS) (0-1, 5.25)

Game Two – Carlos Villanueva (1-1, 1.83)
– Career vs. Reds (20 appearances. 5 GS) (2-2, 3.99)

Game Three – Jeff Samardzija (1-3, 3.38)
– Career vs. Reds (16 appearances, 2 GS) (1-1, 4.67)

Reds:

Game One – Mike Leake (1-0, 4.26)
– Career vs. Cubs (10 GS)  (4-2, 3.56)

Game Two – Tony Cingrani (1-0, 1.80)
– Career vs. Cubs (First appearance)

Game Three – Mat Latos (0-0, 2.73)
– Career vs. Cubs (5 GS) (2-2, 3.16)

Bold Prediction:

I’m going into this series extremely positive, the Cubs have been in too many close games to keep losing at the clip they are.  Unfortunately, this is a tough place to play and the Reds are playing well and have more talent, I think the Reds take two of three from the Cubs.  BUT, if the Cubs defense actually defends I think the Cubs take two out of three.  Keep an eye on Tony Cingrani in game two of the series, he is an outstanding young talent, and highly touted pitching prospect.  Soon the Cubs will have guys like that, at least I hope they will.

Thanks for reading,
– George

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