Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Reds – 06/23/14

Game Seventy-Four – Cubs (31-42) vs. Reds (37-37)

  • Game Time – 7:05pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: WCIU – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 184, 844
  • Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Jeff Samardzija (2-6, 2.60/1.21/2.89) vs. Alfredo Simon (10-3, 3.05/1.11/4.44)

Weather permitting … The Cubs 10-game homestand continues with the first of three night games against the Reds. Even with dropping the last two games and losing the series to the Pirates, the Cubs have a .500 record at Wrigley Field (16-16) this season. But the Cubs have to deal with another NL Central team for the next three days and one that has made Wrigley its new home park.

The Cubs are 14-22 versus the NL Central and enter play tonight 11 games under .500. Until the Cubs start beating teams within their own division, the losing will continue.

The Reds have owned the Cubs over the last several years. The Cubs are 2-3 versus the Redlegs this season but have lost 17 times in their last 19 games (2-17) against the Reds at Wrigley Field. And it will not get any easier for the Cubs over the next three games.

After tonight’s match-up of Jeff Samardzija and Alfredo Simon, the offense will have to deal with Homer Bailey while Jake Arrieta tries to keep the Reds off the board on Tuesday night. Edwin Jackson is scheduled to face Mat Latos in the finale of the three-game set Wednesday night.

The Cubs bats went cold Sunday afternoon and the offense is looking at three more challenging days in front of them.

Tonight all starts with Jeff Samardzija

Jeff Samardzija was not sharp in his last outing in Miami and a scoring change Wednesday removed two earned runs off Samardzija’s stats for the season. Samardzija ended up being charged with three runs, zero earned runs, on seven hits with three walks and eight strikeouts in seven innings. Samardzija received a no-decision after the Cubs’ pen blew the lead.

Jeff Samardzija is 1-2 in his last four starts with a 5.73 ERA and a 1.68 WHIP. Samardzija has allowed 17 runs, 14 earned, on 29 hits with eight walks and 26 strikeouts over his last 22 innings. Samardzija has pitched rather well at Wrigley this season (1-3 in seven starts with a 1.64 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP) and faces the Reds for the third time in 2014 tonight.

Samardzija is 0-2 in two starts versus the Redlegs this year with a 2.84 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP. Jeff Samardzija has allowed six runs, four earned, on 14 hits with six walks and 11 strikeouts in 12 2/3 innings. For his career, Samardzija is 1-5 in 23 games against the Reds, nine starts, with a 4.54 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP.

Reds Numbers against Jeff Samardzija in 2014

Alfredo Simon is in the middle of a career year. Simon is getting a chance to start and is making the most of it. Simon has been terrific this season and is coming off another quality start. Simon held the Pirates to three runs on five hits with three walks and five strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. Simon has not lost a game since May 27 and the Reds are 11-3 in his 14 starts this year. And Simon is 4-0 in his last four starts with a 3.38 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP.

Alfredo Simon has been better on the road this season than at home. Simon is 7-1 in eight starts outside of Great American Ball Park with a 2.66 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP. Simon makes his third start of the season against the Cubs tonight. Simon is 2-0 in the first two games against the Cubs with a 1.50 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP.

Cubs Numbers against Alfredo Simon in 2014

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