The Chicago Cubs and the Cincinnati Reds will continue a three-game NL Central series Wednesday night from the Great American Ball Park. The Cubs will send 32-year old right-hander Yu Darvish to the hill, and the Reds will give the call to 29-year old right-hander Sonny Gray. The Cubs went 11-8 against the Reds last season, and the Cubs won the series opener by a 3-1 score on Tuesday night.
Darvish Continues to Struggle with Control
The Cubs will have Yu Darvish on the hill for the ninth time of the year. Darvish worked out of trouble in his latest outing, issuing six walks to a weak Marlins lineup, although he limited them to just one run in four innings. The seventh-year right-hander is having big issues with his command this season, walking a total of 33 batters, and he enters this one with a weak 5.40 ERA and a 1.72 WHIP to go with a 2-3 record in 36.2 innings of work. He has shut down the Reds bats in his three career meetings, holding them to six runs (four earned) in 18.2 innings. Joey Votto is 2 for 7 against Darvish, while Eugenio Suarez is 0 for 4, and Derek Dietrich is 2 for 4.
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) May 13, 2019
Watch for Javier Baez in this series as he usually feasts on the Reds’ pitching. The 26-year old slugger registered a .362 average with four homers and 15 RBI’s in 69 at-bats against the Reds last season. Baez is having another strong year, hitting .323 with 11 home runs and 29 RBI’s on the season. Baez features a remarkable 1.075 OPS and seven RBI’s on the month. Anthony Rizzo sat out on Tuesday with a sore back, and he is questionable for this one.
The Cubs stand third in the Major Leagues with an average of 5.42 runs per game. The Chicago pitching staff holds a stellar 3.44 team ERA, good for third in all of baseball. The Cubs own a 9-8 road record entering Tuesday’s action.
Gray Still Searching for Elusive First Win of Season
Sonny Gray will be on the mound for the ninth time of the year in this one. Gray didn’t have his best stuff in his latest start, conceding four runs (three earned) in 4.1 innings against the Athletics, resulting in a no-decision in a 5-4 Reds loss. The veteran right-hander is pitching reasonably well, however, he is not pitching deep into games, and he owns an 0-4 record and a 4.15 ERA to go with a strong 1.21 WHIP in 39 innings of work on the season. Gray held the Cubs to only two runs in five innings in his lone career meeting back in the 2016 season.
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) May 13, 2019
Eugenio Suarez continues to establish himself as the Reds’ most dangerous hitter, crushing another five home runs along with 10 RBI’s in his last nine games, and he is hitting .319 this month. The 27-year old third baseman owns a .259 average with 12 homers and 26 RBI’s on the season. Suarez recorded four homers and 12 RBI’s in 63 at-bats against the Cubs last season.
The Reds are swinging the bats well, and they stand 22nd overall with an average of 4.17 runs per game on the season. The Cincinnati pitching staff has been a surprise, recording a 3.36 team ERA, placing them second in all of baseball. The Reds are 9-8 on their home field entering Tuesday.
The Chicago Cubs are:
- 1-4 in their last 5 road games against a team with a winning home record.
- 0-4 in their last 4 games in Cincinnati heading into Tuesday.
The Cincinnati Reds are:
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