Game Sixty-One: Cubs (25-35) vs. Reds (37-26)
- Game Time – 7:05pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 183/844
- Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Scott Feldman (5-4, 2.84/1.17) vs. Homer Bailey (3-4, 3.84/1.17)
The Cubs difficult seven-game homestand continues tonight with the first of four against the Reds. The Cubs are coming off a solid win and avoided the sweep at the hands of the Pirates on Sunday, now the trick is to post a win against a team that has had their number at Wrigley Field.
The Reds have dominated the Cubs at the old ballyard and have treated Wrigley as their second home over the past two seasons. Dusty Baker’s team has won nine straight at Wrigley and 12 straight day games in the Cubs’ home park. The Cubs seemed to gain some confidence with the comeback victory over the Reds in Cincinnati. The extra innings win propelled the Cubs to a five-game winning streak but Dale Sveum’s team is just 2-5 in the seven games since the streak ended on June 1.
There could be a lot of fireworks over the next four days. While the Reds do not view the Cubs as much of a division rival, at least according to Brandon Phillips, words were exchanged through the press after the finale in Cincinnati that could lead to a heated series.
After tonight’s match-up of Scott Feldman and Homer Bailey, Matt Garza is expected to square off against lefty Tony Cingrani on Tuesday night. The Reds will reportedly call-up Cingrani to take the DL’d Johnny Cueto’s spot in the rotation. Travis Wood is scheduled to face Mike Leake on Wednesday afternoon while Jeff Samardzija and Mat Latos face off again in the finale on Thursday afternoon.
The Cubs are just 2-7 in the nine games against the Reds this season while being outscored by only nine runs (43-32). As was the case with the Pirates, until the Cubs figure out how to play better ball against the NL Central (7-18), the losses will continue to mount.
Tonight all starts with Scott Feldman.
Scott Feldman has been on a roll. Not only are the Cubs 6-2 in his last eight starts but Feldman has posted seven quality starts in his last eight outings. Feldman received a no decision in his last game in Anaheim after giving up two runs on six hits in six-plus innings with a walk and a strikeout.
After a shaky start to his season, Feldman posted a 4-1 record in six starts with a 2.25 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP. Over his last seven starts, Feldman has surrendered 36 hits with 40 strikeouts and only eight walks in 46 innings (3.91 ERA, 0.96 WHIP).
Scott Feldman has had only one bad start since April 21 and that came in Cincinnati on May 24. Feldman gave up five runs on seven hits with a walk and five strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.
Scott Feldman has pitched rather well at Wrigley this season. In five starts, Feldman is 4-1 with a 1.64 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP with a better than 5:1 strikeout to walk ratio (31 strikeouts, 6 walks). Feldman must limit the free passes tonight in order to beat the Reds in what has become their second home park.
Reds Career Numbers against Scott Feldman
- Jay Bruce – 1-for-3
- Shin-Soo Choo – 1-for-11 with a walk
- Zack Cozart – 2-for-3
- Todd Frazier – 0-for-2 with a walk
- Ryan Hanigan – 1-for-2 with a home run
- Jack Hannahan – 3-for-20 with a double and a walk
- Cesar Izturis – 2-for-11 with a walk
- Xavier Paul – 1-for-2
- Brandon Phillips – 1-for-3
- Joey Votto – 1-for-3 with a home run
Homer Bailey is coming off a no decision against the Rockies in a game he pitched rather well in. Bailey allowed three runs on six hits with a walk and seven strikeouts in seven innings. Bailey bounced back rather nicely after suffering his worst start of the season. The Indians lit up Bailey in Cleveland to the tune of seven runs, all earned, on seven hits in 3 2/3 innings.
Homer Bailey has struggled outside of Great American Ball Park and is just 1-4 in six road starts with a 5.11 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP (41 hits, 29 strikeouts and six walks in 37 innings). Bailey beat the Cubs in his only start against Sveum’s team this season. Bailey allowed two runs on five hits with three walks and eight strikeouts in six innings. Bailey is 3-1 in four career starts at Wrigley with a 3.20 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP.
Cubs Career Numbers against Homer Bailey
- Darwin Barney – 7-for-19 with a walk
- Welington Castillo – 1-for-5 with a double and a walk
- Starlin Castro – 5-for-21 with two home runs and two walks
- David DeJesus – 3-for-15 with a walk
- Scott Hairston – 4-for-13 with a double, a home run and two walks
- Cody Ransom – 1-for-8 with a home run
- Anthony Rizzo – 3-for-6 with a double
- Nate Schierholtz – 4-for-9 with a double
- Alfonso Soriano – 6-for-25 with two doubles, a home run and a walk
- Luis Valbuena – 0-for-10 with a walk
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