Game One Hundred Thirty-One – Cubs (58-72) vs. Reds (63-68)
- Game Time – 6:10pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 186, 844
- Location – Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati
Travis Wood (7-11, 4.91/1.52/4.21) vs. Johnny Cueto (15-7, 2.20/0.94/3.25)
Weather permitting … The Cubs return to the field tonight after a much needed day off and open a seven-game road trip with the first of three in Cincinnati. The two-city trip ends Sunday in St. Louis after four games in three days that includes a day-night doubleheader Saturday.
Starlin Castro will be back with the team for tonight’s opener. Castro was placed on the bereavement list last week in order to take care of his family in the Dominican Republic.
While the focus will be on when Jorge Soler will be activated and what position will he play when he makes his big league debut, the Cubs will play a Reds team for the next three days that has owned the Cubs for three-plus seasons. The Redlegs have had a very disappointing season and begin play tonight six games back in the NL Wild Card race and 9 1/2 games behind the first place Brewers in the NL Central. The Reds have only five more wins this year than the Cubs … and the Cubs are 4-9 in the first 13 games of the season against the Reds with six left on the schedule.
The Reds have not officially announced the starters for Wednesday and Thursday. Jacob Turner is scheduled to make his first start with the Cubs Wednesday night and could face Mat Latos. Jake Arrieta is expected to pitch the finale of the series and season at Great American Ball Park on Thursday morning and could square off against Dylan Axelrod.
Tonight all starts with Travis Wood …
Travis Wood’s season-long struggles continued his last time out. Travis Wood gave up four runs on eight hits with a walk and six strikeouts to the Giants in six innings. Wood issued only one free pass for the first time in a month (July 25) but had trouble putting batters away and with his command.
Wood has shown improvement over his last four starts comparted to the way the pitched in the previous 17 starts. Wood is 0-2 in his last four starts with a 3.86 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP. Wood is 4-7 in 13 road starts with a 6.03 ERA and a 1.76 WHIP. And he faces his old team for the second time this year.
Travis Wood took the loss on July 8 at Great American after he gave up four runs, three earned, on eight hits with two walks and five strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings. For his career, Wood is 1-5 in eight starts against the organization that drafted him with a 3.68 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP.
Reds Career Numbers against Travis Wood
The Reds’ ace had a bad start in St. Louis his last time out. Johnny Cueto gave up five runs, four earned, on seven hits with four walks and four strikeouts in five innings to the Cardinals. Cueto lasted just five innings for the first time since July 20. Cueto was lights out in the five starts leading up to his outing against the Cardinals. Cueto followed up two excellent seven inning starts with a complete game against the Indians and two eight-inning outings. Cueto is 5-1 in seven games since the All-Star break with a 2.39 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP … 50 strikeouts with 18 walks and 36 hits allowed in 49 innings.
Johnny Cueto has owned the Cubs of late and beat them on July 8 at Wrigley Field after allowing two runs on six hits with a walk and four strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. Cueto is 9-6 in 20 career starts against the Cubs with a 2.90 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP.
Cubs Career Numbers against Johnny Cueto
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