Game One Hundred Twenty: Cubs (47-72) vs. Reds (73-48)
Game Time – 12:05pm CDT
Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 184/914
Location – Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati
Chris Volstad (0-9, 6.96/1.55) vs. Mat Latos (10-3, 3.63/1.18)
Can the Cubs make it two in a row over the Reds? With splitting Saturday’s day-night doubleheader the Cubs have a chance to leave Cincinnati with two wins in four games. But in order to accomplish that feat, Chris Volstad will have to keep the Reds off the board while the offense tries to figure out Mat Latos.
The Reds acquired Mat Latos from the Padres last December 17 for Yonder Alonso, Brad Boxberger, Yasmani Grandal and Edinson Volquez. The deal has worked out well for both teams and also for the Chicago Cubs. By acquiring Yonder Alonso, the Padres made Anthony Rizzo available and the Cubs acquired him three weeks later (January 6) along with Zach Cates from San Diego for Andrew Cashner and Kyung-Min Na.
With Welington Castillo nursing a sore right foot, Steve Clevenger should be in the starting lineup for this afternoon’s finale. Alfonso Soriano received Saturday night off and will be back in there today. Will Josh Vitters be at third?
The Cubs’ last game of the year in Cincinnati all starts with Chris Volstad .. After showing improvement in the two starts following his recall from Triple-A Iowa, Chris Volstad returned to form in his last start. Volstad set the tone for the night against the Astros and the Cubs ended up on the wrong end of a 10-1 blowout. Volstad not only allowed four runs on eight hits in five innings but he missed his spots and appeared to lose any confidence he may have had early on.
Chris Volstad’s biggest issue is between his ears and he will continue to lose ballgames until he is able to get past his mental hurdles.
Volstad is 0-2 in his last three starts with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP … and outside of Wrigley, 0-4 in five starts with a 6.44 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP.
Chris Volstad had one of his better starts of the season against the Reds two starts ago. Volstad allowed three runs on six hits in six innings. Volstad walked two, struck out two and the Cubs won the game … the first (and only) win for the Cubs in a game started by Chris Volstad this season.
Chris Volstad is 0-1 against the Reds this season with a 6.55 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP, for his career 1-3 in five starts with a 5.16 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP.
Reds Career Numbers against Chris Volstad
- Jay Bruce – 3-for-14 with a double and a walk
- Miguel Cairo – 0-for-6 with a walk
- Zack Cozart – 2-for-6 with a home run
- Todd Frazier – 2-for-3 with a double and a home run
- Ryan Hanigan – 0-for-2 with a walk
- Chris Heisey – 1-for-3
- Ryan Ludwick – 2-for-4 with a double and two walks
- Devin Mesoraco – 1-for-4 with a walk
- Xavier Paul – 1-for-3 with a home run
- Brandon Phillips – 5-for-10 with a double and two walk
- Scott Rolen – 0-for-5 with a walk
- Drew Stubbs – 2-for-8 with a double and a walk
- Wilson Valdez – 6-for-14 with two walks
The Cubs will get their first look at Mat Latos in a Reds’ uniform this afternoon. After struggling early in the season (7-2 in 17 starts with a 4.13 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP), Latos has been lights out of late (1-0 in three starts with a 0.42 ERA and a 0.84 WHIP) and has allowed one earned run in his last three outings (21 1/3 innings).
Mat Latos received a no decision in his last outing. The Reds walked off the Mets 3-0 on a three-run shot off the bat of Jay Bruce. Latos tossed seven innings of shutout ball and surrendered just five hits and two walks while striking out four. Latos has been excellent and the Reds are 7-3 in his last 10 starts.
Mat Latos is 6-2 in 13 starts at Great American this season with a 3.23 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP.
The Cubs have not had much success against Mat Latos. In four career games, Latos is 2-2 with a 3.47 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP.
Cubs Career Numbers against Mat Latos
- Darwin Barney – 0-for-3
- Starlin Castro – 2-for-9
- Steve Clevenger – 0-for-3
- Bryan LaHair – 0-for-3
- Alfonso Soriano – 1-for-8 with a home run
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