Dan Straily (0-0, 2.70 ERA) and John Lackey (3-0, 3.66 ERA) start in the third of a four-game series between the Cincinnati Reds (8-9) and the Chicago Cubs (13-4) at the Great American Ball Park. The Cubs won the last game 8-1, and Chicago leads the series 2-0. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Apr. 23 and can be seen on CSCh and FSOH.
Straily pitched 5.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering one run, striking out four and walking two in a 5-1 defeat to the Rockies. Jay Bruce (.286, 8 Rs, 4 HRs, 15 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday. Lackey went 7.0 innings, surrendering zero runs, striking out 11 and walking one in a 5-0 win over the Cardinals in his most recent start. Dexter Fowler (.377, 15 Rs, 3 HRs, 12 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 5 yesterday with one run and one RBI.
The odds for Cincinnati and Chicago are Chicago -165, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 8.5. Within its division, Cincinnati has a record of 6-1 SU. Opponents have consistently been struck out by the Reds, who rank fourth in the NL in strikeouts per game with 7.2.
The Cubs are 3-7 against NL Central foes. Offensively, they average 0.0 runs per game, which is good for second in the NL. Chicago is excellent at drawing walks with an NL-best 5.0 per game. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Cubs are the best in the league with a WHIP of 0.916 for the season.
The Cubs lead the season series, 5-0.
Predictions: SU Winner - CHC
The Cubs hold a 7-1 record against the NL Central Division this season, while the Reds have a 3-8 record against the division.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Reds are going to have to step it up if they want to win this matchup. The Cubs have a 7-0 record in games where opponents scored one run or less.
It looks like the Cubs have a slight leg up on the Reds, as the Cubs have won their last two games while the Reds have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Reds are 6-2. The Cubs have an 11-0 record when outhitting opponents.
Chicago tops the league in runs with 105 this season. Cincinnati ranks in the top half with 64.
Ranking first in walks, Chicago has earned 85 this season. Cincinnati ranks 24th with 42 walks.
When the Reds hit at least one home run, they are 6-4. When the Cubs hit at least one homer, they have an 11-1 record.