Cincinnati Reds at Chicago Cubs
When and Where: Sunday, May 26, Wrigley Field, Chicago, Ill., 2:20 p.m. EDT.
Both Tanner Roark and Jose Quintana failed to pitch well enough to earn victories in the previous series between the Cincinnati Reds and the Chicago Cubs. The two get the opportunity for a win over the other Sunday when these NL Central rivals wrap up a three-game series.
Roark out to avoid third straight loss for Reds
Roark (3-3, 3.51) labored through five innings versus Chicago on May 14, giving up three runs and eight hits and done in mostly by counterpart Kyle Hendricks’ two-run double that contributed to his 3-1 defeat.
The right-hander will not have to worry about Quintana as a hitting threat as much as Hendricks — Quintana is 1 for 18 with 10 strikeouts on the season.
Roark did not pitch all that badly against the Los Angeles Dodgers last Sunday, giving up two runs and two hits in five innings, but he was outpitched by Hyun-Jin Ryu in Cincinnati’s 8-3 defeat.
The Reds starter was also visibly upset David Bell opted for a pinch-hitter in the fifth trailing 2-0 rather than give Roark a chance to hit for himself and start the sixth.
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“No, I didn’t want to come out,” Roark told the club’s official website. “They had a different plan. Sometimes, everybody’s not happy all the time. On to the next one.”
Roark is 0-1 with a 4.58 ERA in four starts versus division rivals, part of a winless six-start run that dates back to last year. Prior to that drought, the righty had reeled off five wins in as many starts versus NL Central foes.
He is 4-3 with a 3.70 ERA in eight career starts against the Cubs, and the “Friendly Confines” have been just that for Roark — he is 3-1 with a 2.61 ERA in five starts at Wrigley.
Quintana also looking to avoid third straight loss
Quintana (4-3, 3.30) had a near-similar line to Roark the day after the Reds pitcher lost, giving up three runs and six hits in five innings. The left-hander was his own worst enemy in Cincinnati’s three-run fifth, allowing a solo homer and a run to score on a wild pitch before yielding an RBI single.
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Quintana deserved a better fate than the no-decision he got Tuesday versus Philadelphia. He scattered two hits and three walks in six shutout innings before the Cubs’ bullpen squandered a two-run lead in their eventual 3-2 walk-off win.
The southpaw is 2-3 with a 5.20 ERA in five starts versus division rivals, though his earned run average is inflated by the eight runs he yielded in three innings against Milwaukee on April 24. Quintana has split six decisions in seven starts versus Cincinnati since joining the Cubs in 2017, posting a 3.93 ERA.
Joey Votto has given Quintana fits, going 8 for 17 with four doubles.
The Reds are:
- 5-11 in their last 16 games vs. left-handed starters.
- 5-15 in their last 20 road games vs. teams with an above-.600 home record.
- 8-24 in their last 32 road games vs. the Cubs.
The Cubs are:
- 21-7 in Quintana’s last 28 home starts.
- 16-5 in Quintana’s last 21 starts during game 3 of a series.
- 15-6 in their last 21 home games.