Jason Marquis (1-1, 7.20 ERA) and Travis Wood (1-1, 3.24 ERA) start in the second of a two-game series between the Cincinnati Reds (8-9) and the Chicago Cubs (9-7) at the Great American Ball Park. The Cubs won the last game 7-3 and Chicago leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 1:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, Apr. 26 and can be seen on WGN and FSN-OH.
Marquis is 4-8 with a 4.36 ERA, 1.51 WHIP, and 54 strikeouts against the Cubs. Wood is 3-5 with a 2.69 ERA when pitching against the Reds. He takes on a below-average Cincinnati offense which is hitting just .221 this season. Anthony Rizzo (.345, 13 Rs, 2 HRs, 7 RBIs, 4 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Cubs, going 3 for 4 Friday with two runs, one home run, two RBIs, and one stolen base.
The odds for Cincinnati and Chicago are even, while the Over/Under (O/U) is sitting at eight runs. Within its division, Cincinnati has a record of 8-9 SU. Cincinnati leads the MLB in steals, swiping 20 bases. Crossing over to the pitching staff, opponents have consistently been struck out by the Reds, who rank fourth in the NL in strikeouts per game with 8.5.
The Cubs are 6-4 against teams in their division. Offensively, they average 4.6 runs per game, which is good for second in the NL. The Cubs are an excellent base stealing team with 18 stolen bases, ranking third in the MLB. The Cubs average 4.1 runs allowed per game, but does better whenever another team from the NL Central is on the schedule. They bring that runs allowed average down to 3.4 against division foes. The Cubs have established a reputation of overwhelming hitters with an NL-best 8.9 strikeouts per game, making them one of the top five teams in the league.
The Cubs lead the season series, 3-1. Marquis (RHP) will be on the hill against the Cubs, who have an 8-5 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - CHC, O/U - Over
The Reds hold an 8-9 record this season against teams in the NL Central Division. The Cubs' record in these matchups is 6-4.
When the Cubs play into extra innings, they have a 4-0 record. The Reds are 1-3 when their games exceed nine innings.
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 3-2 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Reds are 4-3. The Cubs have a 5-1 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 18th in runs, Cincinnati has earned 66 this season. Chicago ranks 10th with 73 runs.
Ranking 13th, Cincinnati is in the top half of the league in walks, notching 52 this season. Chicago ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 59.
When the Reds hit at least one home run, they are 6-5. When the Cubs hit at least one homer, they have a 7-1 record.