Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Reds – 05/25/13

Game Forty-Eight: Cubs (18-29) vs. Reds (30-18)

  • Game Time – 3:10pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 184/844
  • Location – Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati

Travis Wood (4-2, 2.24/0.93) vs. Homer Bailey (2-3, 3.09/1.11)

The Cubs will shoot to put an end to their season-long five-game losing streak tonight behind Travis Wood. The middle of the lineup is not hitting right now and until Starlin Castro, Anthony Rizzo and Alfonso Soriano start hitting again, the Cubs will continue to lose games. Rizzo is hitless over the last four games and has not made much contact in nearly a week. The Cubs have lost their last five games by a total of eight runs while having plenty of chances to score runs … and it will not get any easier for the offense this afternoon with Homer Bailey on the mound for the Reds.

The Reds are playing good ball right now while beating the teams they should. The Cubs have lost six of the seven games against the Redlegs this season while only being outscored 34-25.

Travis Wood is off to an excellent start to his season. Wood posted his ninth straight quality start the last time out against the Mets and became the first Cubs pitcher to begin a season with at least nine straight quality starts since Mordecai “Three Fingers” Brown in 1908. Brown began the season with 11 straight quality starts, all complete games.

The Cubs are 2-15 in the last 17 games against the Reds and not only will the offense have  to put runs on the board but it will be up to Travis Wood to set the tone early in order for the Cubs’ losing streak to come to an end. This afternoon all starts with Travis Wood.

Travis Wood is coming off a very disappointing outing and this afternoon will be a big test for the young left-hander. Wood was in total control for 6 2/3 innings but a bloop and a blast turned an excellent start into just a quality one. Wood sat in the dugout during the bottom of the seventh inning and the smoke coming from his ears could be seen on the broadcast. Wood has been better than anyone expected to this point of the season and once again this afternoon will be very telling as to where he is with his development. Not only is he coming off the rough end to an otherwise excellent start but he is facing the team that gave up on him in a very hitter friendly ballpark.

Travis Wood is 2-1 in his last four starts with a 2.22 ERA and a 0.88 WHIP … and outside of Wrigley, 2-0 in three starts with a 1.96 ERA and a 0.71 WHIP.

Travis Wood put together a very good outing at Great American Ball Park last month. Wood held the high-powered Reds offense to two runs on four hits with two walks and five strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. The second run that Wood was charged with came after he left the game. Pinch-hitter Jack Hannahan tripled off James Russell and drove in the tying run. Wood has not beaten his old team in three tries. Wood is 0-1 with a 4.42 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP.

Reds Career Numbers against Travis Wood

  • Jay Bruce – 2-for-5 with two home runs
  • Shin-Soo Choo – 0-for-3 with a walk
  • Zack Cozart – 1-for-10 with a double
  • Todd Frazier – 4-for-8 with a home run and a walk
  • Ryan Hanigan – 2-for-5
  • Jack Hannahan – 1-for-2
  • Devin Mesoraco – 2-for-2
  • Brandon Phillips – 1-for-9 with a double
  • Joey Votto – 0-for-2 with a walk

Homer Bailey is off to an excellent start to his season. Bailey is coming off a gem against the Phillies that was on the heels of a complete game, 10-strikeout performance against the Marlins. As with so many starting pitchers, Bailey’s win-loss record is very misleading. In 58 1/3 innings this season, Bailey has struck out 55 batters, allowed just 50 hits and has issued only 15 walks. If the Cubs thought they were getting a break with Bailey on the mound that is the furthest thing from reality.

Bailey has been just about unhittable in his home park this season. Bailey is 1-0 in four starts with a 2.16 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP. In his last four starts, Homer Bailey is 1-1 with a 3.42 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP.

Like many of the Reds’ pitchers, Homer Bailey has beaten the Cubs over the years and while his numbers are not that good, he’s been very effective when facing the Cubs. Bailey is 5-2 in 10 career starts with a 5.12 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP. Bailey was a perfect 3-0 in four starts against the Cubs a year ago with a 3.12 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Homer Bailey

  • Darwin Barney – 7-for-17 with a walk
  • Welington Castillo – 1-for-3 with a double
  • Starlin Castro – 5-for-18 with two home runs and two walks
  • David DeJesus – 3-for-13
  • Scott Hairston – 4-for-13 with a double and a home run
  • Cody Ransom – 1-for-8 with a home run
  • Anthony Rizzo – 1-for-4
  • Nate Schierholtz – 2-for-6 with a double
  • Alfonso Soriano – 5-for-22 with two doubles, a home run and a walk
  • Luis Valbuena – 0-0for-7 with a walk

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