Hey guys, Chris here. This is my first time writing for HFS and I’m excited to be doing it!
I’ll be taking a look at the upcoming series our beloved Redlegs have in Wrigleyville against the Cubbies. After the brutal series over the weekend, the Reds will look to have a rebound series, and what better team to have that against than the Cubs!?
The Cubs are coming off a series loss to the Bucs, while the Reds are coming off a series loss to the Cardinals. In this four game series, the matchups should be as follows:
Homer Bailey (3-4 with a 3.83 ERA) vs. Scott Feldman (5-4 with a 2.84 ERA)
*Feldman and Bailey are both coming off no decisions their last time out. The first time Scott Feldman faced the Reds, he did not make it out of the sixth inning, yielding five runs.*
Tony Cingrani (2-0 with a 3.27 ERA) vs. Matt Garza (1-0 with a 4.03 ERA)
*With Cueto back on the disabled list, Cingrani is the expected starter to be recalled. Tony did have a few good starts for the Reds and he did have recent success against the Cubbies lineup as well.*
Mike Leake (5-3 with a 2.93 ERA) vs. Travis Wood (5-4 with a 2.65 ERA)
*Travis Wood has been one of the better Cubs starters this year, despite the low amount of run support he has received. Leake will be looking to go deeper than 5 innings in his last start, being pegged with this 3rd loss.*
Mat Latos (6-0 with a 2.87 ERA) vs. Jeff Samardzija (3-7 with a 3.18 ERA)
*Latos comes off another brilliant start, the only Reds win against St. Louis over the weekend. Samardzjia will be looking for his first win in over two weeks.*
Taking a quick glance at the Cubs lineup, no one’s numbers really jump out at you. As I said before, this should be a series that the Reds can, and need, to take full advantage of.
I’ve seen some people clamor about giving Votto an extra day off, but he has been on fire at Wrigley this season. I wouldn’t mind seeing him get an extra day of rest, or get pulled from the game early, if the Reds can handle the Cubs easily.
– Chris (@CincinnatiChris)