Game Forty-Seven: Cubs (18-28) vs. Reds (29-18)
- Game Time – 6:10pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 184/844
- Location – Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati
Scott Feldman (4-3, 2.19/1.16) vs. Bronson Arroyo (4-4, 3.28/1.11)
The Cubs difficult eight game road trip continues tonight with the first of three against the Reds. The Cubs will shoot to end their four-game losing streak behind Scott Feldman and kickoff the weekend series on a positive note.
The Cubs have beaten the Reds just once in six tries this season (1-5) and it will not get any easier for the offense over the next three days. After tonight’s matchup of Scott Feldman and Bronson Arroyo, Travis Wood faces Homer Bailey on Saturday afternoon. Matt Garza is scheduled to wrap up the series on Sunday against Johnny Cueto.
The Reds are playing very good ball right now and enter play tonight behind the Cardinals in the central.
Look for Dale Sveum to load his lineup with as many lefties as he can tonight. Bronson Arroyo struggles with left-handed hitters to the tune of a .270/.308/410 slash line while right handers have managed only a .227/.256/.333 line this season.
Tonight it all begins with Scott Feldman …
Scott Feldman is coming off his fourth straight victory and his second outing in three starts in which he did not allow a run. Feldman picked up the only win in the series with the Mets and was the winning pitcher the last time the Cubs posted a victory. Feldman kept the Metropolitans off the board over 6 2/3 innings and allowed seven hits. Feldman made the big pitches when he needed to and walked one batter while striking out six. Feldman must not make the same mistakes he has over his last two starts. If he does, the Reds will cash them in and Feldman’s final line will not look as good.
Feldman is 3-0 in his last four starts with a 0.94 ERA and a 0.80 WHIP. Feldman has been more than serviceable outside of Wrigley Field. Feldman is 1-2 in four road starts with a 3.22 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP. Feldman faces the Reds for the first time this season and for the first time in his career tonight.
Shin-Soo Choo (1-for-8 with a walk), Jack Hannahan (3-for-20 with a double and a walk) and Cesar Izturis (2-for-11 with a walk) are the only players on the Reds active roster that has faced Scott Feldman in a regular season game.
Some of the best starts of Bronson Arroyo’s career with the Reds have come against the Cubs. To say Arroyo has owned the Cubs since 2006 would be an understatement.
Bronson Arroyo is coming off back-to-back shutout performances over the Phillies and Brewers and will be looking for his third straight shutout tonight. Arroyo had a rough four start stretch in which he lost three of his four games. But he has been at the top of his game … and that is not good news for the Cubs.
Bronson Arroyo is 3-1 in five starts at Great American this season with a 2.94 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP.
Tonight marks the 27th time that Bronson Arroyo has started a game against the Cubs. Arroyo is 11-9 in 28 games, 26 starts, with a 2.99 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP. Arroyo was 2-1 in three starts against the Cubs a year ago with a 3.54 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP.
Cubs Career Numbers against Bronson Arroyo
- Darwin Barney – 2-for-15
- Starlin Castro – 5-for-20 with a double and a home run
- David DeJesus – 3-for-19 with two walks
- Scott Hairston – 1-for-5 with a home run
- Dioner Navarro – 0-for-5
- Anthony Rizzo – 3-for-8
- Nate Schierholtz – 3-for-10 with two doubles and a walk
- Alfonso Soriano – 10-for-50 with five doubles, a home run and three walks
- Ryan Sweeney – 0-for-3
- Luis Valbuena – 3-for-8 with two doubles, a home run and a walk
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