The Chicago Cubs will host the Cincinnati Reds in the first of a three-game series Friday afternoon from Wrigley Field. The Reds will send 29-year old right-hander Anthony DeSclafani to the mound, and the Cubs will hand the ball to 29-year old right-hander Kyle Hendricks. The Reds won two of three against the Cubs in Cincinnati last week.
DeSclafani Serves Up 3 Homers in Defeat to Dodgers
Anthony DeSclafani will make his 10th start of the season, aiming for win number three. DeSclafani’s issues resumed in his previous outing, conceding four runs including three homers in four innings against the Dodgers, leading to the loss to even his record at 2-2. The four-year veteran right-hander isn’t pitching well, allowing four runs in back-to-back starts, and he enters this one with a 4.60 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP in 45 innings of work. He has been very competitive against the Cubs in his career, recording a 3-3 record and a solid 3.86 ERA in nine career starts. Javier Baez is 2 for 5 against DeSclafani, while Anthony Rizzo is 4 for 24, and Kyle Schwarber is 2 for 10.
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) May 22, 2019
Eugenio Suarez has made his presence felt against the Cubs this season, recording 5 hits in 12 at-bats with five RBI’s. The 27-year old third baseman continues to produce, driving in five runs in his last seven games, and he is hitting .254 with 13 homers and 31 RBI’s on the season. Suarez owns a .286 batting average on the month. The Reds continue to play without Scooter Gennett.
The Reds are currently averaging 4.10 runs per game, placing them down at 22nd overall. The Cincinnati pitching staff continues to excel, sporting a 3.50 team ERA, good for third in the big leagues. The Reds hold a 10-16 road record on the season.
Hendricks Seeks Third Straight Victory
The Cubs will have Kyle Hendricks on the mound for the 10th time of the year in this contest. Hendricks wasn’t quite at his best in his latest outing, however, he came away with the win after allowing four runs in 5.2 innings against the Nationals. The sixth-year right-hander is having a dominant month of May where he features a 1.47 ERA, and he stands at 4-4 with a 3.21 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP in 56 innings logged on the season. Hendricks recently faced the Reds and he tossed eight innings of one-run ball in a 3-1 win, and he holds a 6-2 record with a sharp 3.23 ERA in 14 career starts against the division rivals. Yaisiel Puig is 2 for 9 against Hendricks, while Joey Votto is 9 for 21, and Eugenio Suarez is 6 for 29.
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Kris Bryant has enjoyed success against Reds’ starter Anthony DeSclafani in his career, collecting 5 hits in 15 at-bats with two RBI’s. The 27-year old star third baseman had a three home run game last week, and he has belted eight jacks on the month. Bryant owns .280 average with 11 homers and 32 RBI’s on the season, and he is 4 for 13 with zero RBI’s against the Reds this year.
The Cubs are scoring an average of 5.33 runs, good for fourth in the Major Leagues. The Chicago pitching staff is carrying a strong 3.51 team ERA, placing them fifth in the Majors. The Cubs feature a 17-8 record at Wrigley Field.
The Cincinnati Reds are:
- 7-22 in their last 29 games in Chicago.
- 1-5 in DeSclafani’s last 6 starts against the NL Central.
- 3-7 in DeSclafani’s last 10 starts against a team with a winning record.
The Chicago Cubs are:
- 4-0 in Hendricks’ last 4 starts.
- 4-1 in their last 5 home games.
- 24-9 in their last 33 games overall.