Jake Arrieta (1-0, 0.00 ERA) and Anthony DeSclafani (0-0, 3.00 ERA) are on the hill in the second of a three-game series between the Chicago Cubs (4-2) and the Cincinnati Reds (4-3) at Wrigley Field. The Cubs won the last game 7-6 and Chicago leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 8:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Apr. 14 and can be seen on FSN-OH and CSN-CHI.
Arrieta pitched 0.0 inning in his most recent start, surrendering zero runs in a 6-5 defeat to the Rockies. Chris Coghlan (.375 ) kept up his hot start yesterday, going 3 for 4 with two runs, one home run, and one RBI. When pitching against the Cubs, DeSclafani is 0-0 with a 5.68 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, and five strikeouts. Joey Votto (.345 ) has been successful at the plate to the start the season for the Reds, going 2 for 5 yesterday with one run.
Chicago is a -148 favorite against Cincinnati and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is currently unavailable. The Cubs have an overall money line of +90 and a record as the favorite of 1-1. Opposing batters know they're in for a battle when they play Chicago. The Cubs are one of the top teams when it comes to pitching, allowing just 1.5 runs per home game. Opponents have consistently been struck out by the Cubs, who rank fourth in the NL in strikeouts per game with 8.8.
In games where it is the underdog, Cincinnati has a 2-1 record and an overall money line of +209. They have been playing solid baseball as the underdog with a 2-1 record against NL Central opponents, and a 4-2 record SU. The Reds can change the game with one swing of the bat, ranking fifth in the league with nine home runs. The Reds are an excellent base-stealing team with an MLB-best 11 stolen bases. Cincinnati's pitching staff has set the standard for its league, with an NL-low 0.00 ERA on the road. When it comes to preventing batters from getting hits, the Reds are the best in the NL on the road with an average of 0.0 hits allowed per away game. The Reds have established a reputation of overwhelming hitters with an NL-best 9.7 strikeouts per game, making them one of the top five teams in the league.
The Cubs have the edge in the season series, 1-0.
Predictions: SU Winner - CIN, O/U - Under
The Cubs hold a 2-1 record in matchups against NL Central rivals, while the Reds currently sit at 4-3 in these games.
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 Chicago batters brought in a solid 10 hits last game. Cincinnati has a record of 1-2 when their opponents get that many hits or more.
It looks like the Cubs have a slight leg up on the Reds, as the Cubs have won their last three games while the Reds have lost their last three.
Chicago ranks in the top half of the league at 11th when it comes to home runs, hitting seven this season. Cincinnati ranks in the top five at fifth with nine.
Ranking 15th, Chicago is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 6.20 per game. Cincinnati ranks in the top 10 at ninth with 7.17.
Chicago and Cincinnati both rank in the top half of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. Chicago sits at 12th with an OPS of .696 and Cincinnati ranks 15th with an OPS of .673.
When the Reds allow at least one home run, they are 3-3, well-matched with the Cubs who are 1-1 when allowing at least one homer.