Game Sixty-Two: Cubs (25-36) vs. Reds (38-26)
- Game Time – 7:05pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 185/844
- Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Matt Garza (1-0, 4.03/1.16) vs. Tony Cingrani (2-0, 3.27/1.03)
Weather permitting … Tonight’s game could have more than its fair share of fireworks. Not only is Matt Garza facing the Reds for the first time since he called out Johnny Cueto for throwing over the head of David DeJesus but one would think that the Cubs will eventually get tired of losing to the Reds in their home park.
The Reds utter domination of the Cubs at Wrigley is beyond ridiculous. For as difficult as it is to win games on the road in the big leagues, the Reds have made it look easy at Wrigley Field. Dusty Baker’s team has won ten straight games at Wrigley, 12 straight day games, and 17 of the last 20 games against the Cubs.
Dale Sveum’s team not only has problems with the Reds but, for the most part, they look like a different team when they face other teams in the central. The Cubs enter play tonight with a 7-19 record against the central and an 18-17 record against the rest of the league.
One thing is certain. Until Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo start hit again, the Cubs will continue to struggle offensively. Castro is 2-for-24 in June while Rizzo is 4-for-25 with nine walks. Rizzo has reached base in 14 straight.
Look for Dale Sveum to run out his right-handed lineup with Tony Cingrani on the hill and Welington Castillo is expected back behind the plate.
Tonight it all starts with Matt Garza …
Matt Garza is making his fifth start since returning from the DL. Garza has put together two very good starts, one not so good and another one in which he pitched better than his final line. Garza is coming off a no decision in Anaheim and he threw the ball much better than the four runs on seven hits he was charged with over 6 1/3 innings. Garza allowed all four runs in two different innings with the first two coming on a homer off the bat of Howie Kendrick. Garza settled down after it looked like he was in for a short night and kept his team in the game.
Matt Garza likes pitching at Wrigley Field, which should figure into the front office’s decision to keep him or trade him next month. Garza makes his second start in his home park tonight. Not only did Garza win his first start of the season at Wrigley back on May 31 but Garza owns a 10-6 record in 25 career starts at Wrigley with a 2.37 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP.
Tonight will be Garza’s second start of the season against the Reds. To say Garza did not fare too well the first time in Cincinnati would be an understatement. Garza labored through a four inning start in which he gave up four runs on four hits with four walks and seven strikeouts.
Matt Garza owns a 1-2 career mark against the Reds with a 4.55 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP.
Reds Career Numbers against Matt Garza
- Jay Bruce – 4-for-13 with a double, two home runs and a walk
- Shin-Soo Choo – 1-for-10 with a walk
- Zack Cozart – 1-for-3 with a double
- Todd Frazier – 0-for-1
- Ryan Hanigan – 2-for-3 with a walk
- Jack Hannahan – 0-for-2 with a walk
- Cesar Izturis – 4-for-15 with a double and two walks
- Devin Mesoraco – 0-for-3
- Xavier Paul – two walks
- Brandon Phillips – 4-for-13 with a double and two walks
- Joey Votto – 3-for-13 with two walks
When an organization is able to send down a pitcher like Tony Cingrani to work on his secondary stuff it is obvious how far behind the Cubs are in the pitching department. The Reds have a lot of young pitching depth and Cingrani is just one of the very good arms in their system. Cingrani has been in Triple-A making adjustments after a very good run at the big league level.
Tony Cingrani last pitched in the big leagues nearly a month ago. Cingrani received a no decision after allowing three runs on five hits with two walks and four strikeouts … and in his last three starts before the demotion, Cingrani recorded three no decisions with a 5.40 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.
Tonight will be Cingrani’s third start of the season against the Cubs. Cingrani has not won or lost a game against the Cubs and has allowed six runs on eight hits in 13 innings with one walk and 14 strikeouts (4.15 ERA and a 0.69 WHIP).
Cubs Career Numbers against Tony Cingrani
- Darwin Barney – 0-for-4
- Welington Castillo – 0-for-4
- Starlin Castro – 0-for-6
- Scott Hairston – 0-for-4
- Cody Ransom – 2-for-6 with a double and a home run
- Anthony Rizzo – 1-for-5 with a double
- Alfonso Soriano – 4-for-6 with two home runs
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