Game One Hundred Forty-Three: Cubs (60-82) vs. Reds (82-62)
- Game Time – 6:10pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet Plus – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 184/844
- Location – Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati
Travis Wood (8-11, 3.17/1.12/3.96) vs. Bronson Arroyo (13-10, 3.62/1.13/3.93)
The Cubs kick-off a very difficult 11-game road trip tonight with the first of three in Cincinnati. The 11-game, three city trip continues on Thursday with the first of four in Pittsburgh then wraps up with four in Milwaukee on September 19. The Cubs have not played good ball against the central division this season (20-39) but at least the next 11 games will be on the road instead of at Wrigley Field. The Cubs are 31-36 outside of Wrigley this year and just 29-46 in their home park.
The Cubs have really struggled against the Reds this season (3-13) over the first 16 games and wrap up their season series with the Reds on Wednesday. After tonight’s match-up of Travis Wood and Bronson Arroyo, Edwin Jackson is scheduled to face lefty Tony Cingrani on Tuesday. Jeff Samardzija and Mike Leake square off in the finale on Wednesday afternoon.
Welington Castillo and Dioner Navarro will have the pleasure of trying to slow down Billy Hamilton over the next three days. Dusty Baker has used the speedster as a pinch-runner late in games but he is expected to receive a lot of playing time against the Cubs.
Dale Sveum is expected to mix and match throughout this series as the coaching staff and front office continue their evaluations for the remainder of the season. With Arroyo on the hill today, look for Sveum to run out a left-handed heavy lineup.
The Cubs have 20 games remaining on their schedule, 14 on the road and six at Wrigley Field.
Tonight all starts with Travis Wood …
Travis Wood will look to bounce back tonight against his former team following a not-so-good outing against the Marlins his last time out. Wood gave up two home runs, one to Christian Yelich and the other, a three-run shot, to pitcher Henderson Alvarez, that accounted for all four runs he surrendered in seven innings. Wood could not build off his excellent start at Dodger Stadium in which he outpitched Clayton Kershaw.
Travis Wood is 2-5 in nine starts since the break with a 3.99 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP and is 4-3 in 11 starts outside of Wrigley with a 2.60 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP.
Travis Wood faces the Reds for the fifth and final time this season. Wood is 0-3 in four starts against the Redlegs this season with a 3.67 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP. Wood has never beaten his former organization and is 0-4 in six tries with a 4.15 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP.
Reds Numbers against Travis Wood in 2013
- Jay Bruce – 3-for-12 with a home run
- Shin-Soo Choo – 1-for-8 with a double and three walks
- Brandon Phillips – 3-for-11 with a home run and a walk
- Joey Votto – 1-for-10 with two walks
- Zack Cozart – 0-for-9
- Devin Mesoraco – 3-for-8
- Derrick Robinson – 1-for-4 with a walk
- Cesar Izturis – 2-for-4
- Ryan Hanigan – 2-for-3 with a double
- Chris Heisey – 1-for-3
- Ryan Ludwick – 0-for-3
Bronson Arroyo is coming off a solid outing against the Cardinals but received a no decision in a Reds’ loss. Arroyo allowed three runs, two earned, on seven hits with no walks and four strikeouts in seven innings. The Reds are 6-4 in Arroyo’s last 10 starts and he has been very good over that span.
Since the break, Arroyo is 5-3 with a 4.07 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP but a majority of those runs came in two starts … one in Colorado and the other against the Cardinals in Cincinnati on August 2. Arroyo was charged with 13 earned runs on 17 hits in seven innings in the two outings against the Rockies and Redbirds.
Bronson Arroyo is 9-3 in 17 starts at Great American Ball Park this season with a 3.16 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP and makes his third start of the season against the Cubs tonight. Arroyo has owned the Cubs over the years and is 2-0 this season with a 2.08 ERA and a 0.77 WHIP.
Cubs Numbers against Bronson Arroyo in 2013
- Anthony Rizzo (.257) – 0-for-6
- Nate Schierholtz (.275) – 1-for-5
- Starlin Castro (.287) – 1-for-4
- Darwin Barney (.227) – 0-for-2
- Welington Castillo (.354) – 0-for-3
- Darnell McDonald (.304) – 1-for-3
- Dioner Navarro (.304) – 1-for-2 with a walk
- Ryan Sweeney (.324) – 0-for-3
- Luis Valbuena (.242) – 1-for-2 with a double and a walk
- Donnie Murphy (.313) – 0-for-2
- Logan Watkins (.231) – 0-for-2
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