Alfredo Simon (0-1, 12.15 ERA) and the Cincinnati Reds (9-9) meet Jason Hammel (2-0, 1.00 ERA) and the Chicago Cubs (13-5) in the last of a four-game division series at the Great American Ball Park. The Reds won the last game 13-5, and Chicago leads the series 2-1. The game starts at 1:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, Apr. 24 and will air on WGN and FSOH.
In his last start, Simon pitched 1.0 inning, giving up four runs (one unearned) and striking out one in a 14-3 loss to the Cardinals. Eugenio Suarez (.303, 14 Rs, 5 HRs, 14 RBIs, 3 SBs) played well again yesterday, going 3 for 4 with three runs, one home run, and four RBIs. The Cubs were victorious the last time Hammel pitched. He had a good outing, pitching 6.0 innings, allowing one run and striking out six in a 2-1 victory over the Cardinals. Dexter Fowler (.385, 17 Rs, 3 HRs, 13 RBIs, 2 SBs) has been doing well offensively for the Cubs, going 2 for 4 yesterday with two runs, one RBI, and one stolen base.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game an even matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is unavailable at the moment.
Against divisional rivals, the Cubs are 4-8 SU.
The Cubs have gotten the best of the Reds in head-to-head matchups this season, going 5-1.
Predictions: SU Winner - CHC
The Cubs sit at 7-2 against the division, while the Reds are 4-8
When leading after seven innings, Chicago is 10-0, while Cincinnati is 4-5.
The Cubs managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Reds who are heading in with a 3-4 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Reds are 7-2. The Cubs have an 11-0 record when outhitting opponents.
Chicago tops the league in runs with 110 this season. Cincinnati ranks in the top half at 12th with 77.
Ranking first in walks, Chicago has earned 93 this season. Cincinnati ranks 24th with 46 walks.
When the Reds hit at least one home run, they are 7-4. When the Cubs hit at least one homer, they have an 11-2 record.