Game Sixty-Three: Cubs (25-37) vs. Reds (39-26)
- Game Time – 1:20pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 185/844
- Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Travis Wood (5-4, 2.65/1.01) vs. Mike Leake (5-3, 2.93/1.32)
Weather permitting … The Cubs will try to do something they have not done in a long time, beat the Cincinnati Reds at Wrigley Field. The Cubs have lost 11 straight to the Reds at Wrigley and 12 straight day games. The Reds seem to take their game up a notch when they face the Cubs while Dale Sveum’s team goes the other way. While games early in the season were rather close, the Reds have outscored the Cubs 18-4 over the last two days. The Reds have won 18 of the last 21 versus the Cubs.
The Cubs must figure out a way to play better ball against the NL Central. The same team that is 18-17 versus the rest of baseball is just 7-20 inside the division … the seven victories are tied for the fewest wins for any club in its own division this season.
Outside of Cody Ransom, the Cubs have stopped hitting and it will not get any easier for the offense today with Mike Leake on the hill.
Travis Wood has been very good this season. Wood has 11 quality starts in 12 tries this year with the only blemish being his start in Cincinnati back on May 25. This afternoon would be an opportune time for Wood to beat his old team for the first time and keep his team from reaching a season-low 13 games under .500.
Zach Putnam is headed for the DL after leaving Tuesday night’s game with an arm injury. Putnam is scheduled to have an MRI on his right elbow on Wednesday. The newly acquired Henry Rodriguez should take his spot in the bullpen and active roster at some point.
This afternoon all begins with Travis Wood …
Travis Wood is coming off another quality start, his 11th in 12 games this season, but Wood received no run support whatsoever and took the loss after allowing one run on four hits with two walks and six strikeouts in six innings.
Wood has followed his excellent start to the season (2-1 in first five starts with a 2.25 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP) with a 3-3 record in his last seven starts with a 2.93 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP. Wood has allowed only 33 hits in his last 46 innings with 15 walks and 33 strikeouts. Wood has continued to improve but must start limiting his walks and work up to a 3:1 strikeout to walk ratio.
Travis Wood is 3-3 in eight starts at Wrigley with a 2.33 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP and will face his old team for the third time this season.
Wood has put together both a good outing against the Reds and a not-so-good outing. Wood limited the Reds to two runs on four hits with two walks and five strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings back on April 22 in Cincinnati then had his worst start of the season in the Queen City back on May 25. Wood gave up five runs on seven hits with three walks and five strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings. For his career, Wood has never beaten his old team in four tries. Wood is 0-2 with a 5.25 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.
Reds Career Numbers against Travis Wood
- Jay Bruce – 3-for-8 with two home runs
- Shin-Soo Choo – 0-for-6 with a walk
- Zack Cozart – 1-for-13 with a double
- Todd Frazier – 5-for-10 with a home run and a walk
- Ryan Hanigan – 4-for-8 with a double
- Jack Hannahan – 1-for-2
- Cesar Izturis – 1-for-1
- Mike Leake – 0-for-1
- Devin Mesoraco – 2-for-2
- Brandon Phillips – 2-for-11 with a double and a walk
- Derrick Robinson – 1-for-1 with a walk
- Joey Votto – 0-for-4 with two walks
Mike Leake has really put together a good two-plus months when it looked like he would start the season in the minors. Leake was just 1-1 in his first five starts with a 4.34 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP but posted an outstanding 3-1 record in his next five starts with a 1.87 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP. Leake is coming off his first loss in nearly a month but is still 1-1 in his last two games with a 2.45 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP.
The Cardinals beat Leake his last time out. Leake lasted just five innings, his second shortest outing of the season. Leake allowed three runs on six hits with a walk and three strikeouts.
For as good as Leake has been this season, he’s even been better on the road. Leake is 4-1 in six road starts with a 2.62 ERA and a 1.54 WHIP.
Mike Leake faces the Cubs for the third time this season. Leake 1-0 in two starts versus the Cubs this season with a 2.84 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP, for his career Leake is 5-2 in 12 starts against the Cubs with a 3.44 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP. At Wrigley, Leake is 2-2 in seven starts with a 4.47 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.
Cubs Career Numbers against Mike Leake
- Darwin Barney – 8-for-28 with two doubles
- Welington Castillo – 1-for-8
- Starlin Castro – 12-for-35 with three double, a triple and a walk
- David DeJesus – 5-for-15 with a double, a home run and a walk
- Anthony Rizzo – 6-for-11 with two double
- Nate Schierholtz – 7-for-13 with a double and a walk
- Alfonso Soriano – 4-for-24 with a double, a home run and two walks
- Ryan Sweeney – 1-for-3 with a double
- Travis Wood – 0-for-1 with a walk
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