Game Twenty-Five – Cubs (8-16) vs. Reds (11-14)
- Game Time – 6:10pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: WCIU – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 183, 844
- Location – Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati
Jeff Samardzija (0-2, 1.53/1.10/2.78) vs. Alfredo Simon (3-1, 1.30/0.94/3.88)
Weather permitting … The Cubs six-game road trip continues tonight in Cincinnati with the first of three against the Reds. The Cubs dropped two of three to the Reds last week at Wrigley Field and will face the same three starters during this series as they did last week in Chicago.
After tonight’s match-up of Jeff Samardzija and Alfredo Simon, if the two teams are able to get the game in, Edwin Jackson is scheduled to face Tony Cingrani on Tuesday. Jake Arrieta and Homer Bailey are expected to close out the series on Wednesday night.
The Cubs are 3-8 on the road this season and will face a Reds team that begins play tonight one game under .500 at home. The Reds are starting to get healthy and Bryan Price’s team will have to start playing better ball, and soon, if they want to keep up with the Brewers and Cardinals.
Rick Renteria should run out a right-handed heavy lineup tonight. Right handers have hit better (.208/.240/.314) than lefties (.137/.254/.203) this season against Alfredo Simon. Over the course of Simon’s career, right handers have hit .262/.322/.405 while left handed hitters have managed a .254/.331/.367 line.
Tonight it all starts with Jeff Samardzija …
Jeff Samardzija is coming off a very good outing and what should have been his first win of the season. The bullpen, and defense, imploded on the 100th Anniversary of the first game at Wrigley Field, and a frustrated Samardzija received a no decision after allowing two runs on seven hits with two walks and five strikeouts in a season-high 7 1/3 innings. Samardzija was not as good against the Diamondbacks as he had been in his previous four starts, but he still put his team in position to win the game. And was even in line to pick-up a game winning RBI, until …
Samardzija has completed at least seven innings in each of his five starts and is coming off a season-high 7 1/3 innings against the Diamondbacks the last time out. Samardzija is throwing strikes and has maintained a 3:1 strikeout to walk ratio (27 strikeouts, nine walks in 35 1/3 innings) which is key to any starting pitcher having success. And while the strikeout totals may be down, he is pitching deeper into games and is still giving up less hits (30) than innings pitched (35 1/3).
Jeff Samardzija had a good outing against the Reds back on April 18 at Wrigley Field. Samardzija was hung with the loss after allowing three runs, one earned, on six hits with two walks and seven strikeouts in seven innings.
For his career, Samardzija is 1-4 in 22 games, eight starts, against the Reds with a 4.52 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP … at Great American Ball Park, Samardzija is 1-3 in 10 games, four starts, with a 5.52 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.
Reds Career Numbers against Jeff Samardzija
- Joey Votto: 6-for-28 with two doubles and five walks
- Brandon Phillips: 7-for-31
- Jay Bruce: 7-for-25 with four doubles and three walks
- Zack Cozart: 6-for-24 with one double and one walk
- Todd Frazier: 6-for-19 with one double, two home runs and four walks
- Roger Bernadina: 2-for-12
- Chris Heisey: 3-for-7
- Ryan Ludwick: 2-for-6
- Billy Hamilton: 1-for-4 with one double
- Alfredo Simon: 0-for-3
- Ramon Santiago: 0-for-2
Alfredo Simon followed up his stellar outing against the Cubs with an even better start in Pittsburgh. Simon held the Pirates to two runs on four hits but he issued five walks while striking out only four batters. Simon and the Reds still picked up the win against the struggling Pirates and he will look to keep his strong start to his season going tonight against the Cubs.
Simon beat Samardzija and the Cubs on April 18 after allowing one unearned run on four hits. Simon issued two walks and struck out four batters in six innings.
Alfredo Simon makes his second start of the year in his home park tonight. Simon lost his other outing after he allowed one run on five hits in eight innings to the Rays.
Tonight is Simon’s second career start against the Cubs. Alfredo Simon is 2-0 in 11 appearances, one start, with a 2.16 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.
Cubs Career Numbers against Alfredo Simon
- Ryan Sweeney: 1-for-9 with one walk
- Starlin Castro: 2-for-9 with one double
- Darwin Barney: 3-for-6
- Nate Schierholtz: 0-for-5
- Anthony Rizzo: 1-for-5
- Emilio Bonifacio: 1-for-3 with one walk
- Luis Valbuena: 2-for-3 with one double, one home run and one walk
- Welington Castillo: 1-for-3 with one double
- Junior Lake: 0-for-3
- John Baker: 1-for-2
- Jeff Samardzija: 0-for-2
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