Jon Lester (9-3, 2.10 ERA) starts for the Chicago Cubs (49-26) as they square off against John Lamb (1-4, 4.78 ERA) and the Cincinnati Reds (29-48) in the second of a three-game series at the Great American Ball Park. The Cubs won the last game 11-8, and Chicago leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Jun. 28 and can be seen on CSCh and FSOH.
Lamb pitched 5.1 innings in his last outing, surrendering four runs (one unearned), striking out four and walking three in a 7-4 defeat to the Padres. Adam Duvall (.255, 42 Rs, 21 HRs, 53 RBIs, 2 SBs) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 5 with one run and two RBIs. Lester went 7.0 innings, surrendering two runs, striking out seven and walking three in a 4-2 defeat to the Marlins in his most recent start. Anthony Rizzo (.287, 44 Rs, 18 HRs, 55 RBIs, 2 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Cubs, going 2 for 3 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
The Cubs are a -250 favorite for this NL Central showdown with a total of 8.5 runs.
Pick - ChC
The Cubs hold a 22-9 record against the NL Central Division this season, while the Reds have a 10-19 record against the division.
After a weak showing last week where they got in eight hits, the Reds need to step it up. The Cubs have a record of 41-14 when opponents get eight hits or less.
When they are outhit, the Reds are 8-38. The Cubs have a 5-17 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 16th in home runs, Cincinnati has hit 88 this season. Chicago ranks ninth with 97 home runs.
Chicago tops the league in walks with 323 this season. Cincinnati ranks near the bottom at 26th with 201.
When the Reds hit at least one home run, they are 24-27. When the Cubs hit at least one homer, they have a 39-11 record.