Travis Wood (0-1, 5.79 ERA) and Jason Marquis (0-0, 4.50 ERA) start in the last of a three-game series between the Chicago Cubs (4-3) and the Cincinnati Reds (5-3) at Wrigley Field. The Reds won the last game 3-2 and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 8:05 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Apr. 15 and can be seen on FSN-OH and WPWR.
Wood is 2-5 with a 2.98 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, and 51 strikeouts against the Reds. Jorge Soler (.308 ) went 1 for 3 yesterday. When pitching against the Cubs, Marquis is 4-7 with a 4.13 ERA, 1.46 WHIP, and 48 strikeouts. Joey Votto (.375 ) has been successful at the plate to the start the season for the Reds, going 2 for 3 yesterday with one RBI.
Chicago is a -124 favorite against Cincinnati and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is currently unavailable. The Cubs have an overall money line of +190 and a record as the favorite of 2-1. Chicago is one of the best in the NL in terms of walks, earning an average of 3.5 per game.
In games where it is the underdog, Cincinnati has a 2-2 record and an overall money line of +109. They are 2-2 as the underdog against NL Central rivals, and 4-3 SU. The Reds are tough outs for opponents, leading the NL with 13.0 hits per road game. The Reds are an excellent base-stealing team with an MLB-best 12 stolen bases.
Predictions: SU Winner - CIN, O/U - Under
The Reds have a 5-3 record against the NL Central Division, while the Cubs have split their meetings with divisional opponents, 2-2.
Cincinnati has won 50% (1-1) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Chicago has won all of its games (1-0) when taking a late lead.
The Cubs are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Reds have a 2-2 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Cubs are 3-3. The Reds have a 2-1 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 19th, Chicago is in the bottom half of the league in runs, scoring 27 this season. Cincinnati ranks in the top half at 13th with 33.
Chicago and Cincinnati both rank in the top half of the league in walks. Chicago sits at 11th with 26 this season and Cincinnati ranks 13th with 23.
When the Cubs hit at least one home run, they are 3-1. When the Reds hit at least one homer, they have a 4-2 record.