Game Eighty-Eight – Cubs (38-49) vs. Reds (46-42)
- Game Time – 12:10pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 185, 844
- Location – Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati
Travis Wood (7-6, 4.62/1.46/4.16) vs. Johnny Cueto (8-6, 1.99/0.87/2.89)
Weather permitting … The Cubs and Reds have a long day of baseball ahead of them with a day-night doubleheader. The first of two is a make-up from the game that was postponed on April 28. Jeff Samardzija was scheduled to face Alfredo Simon on the Monday night in late April.
Travis Wood will start game one and the offense will have the pleasure of facing Johnny Cueto for this first time this season. Cueto has really had the Cubs number over the last six seasons, but at least the lineup will have another bat in it with Travis Wood on the hill.
LHP Tsuyoshi Wada makes his Major League debut in game two. Wada will be recalled from Triple-A Iowa and added to the team’s active roster as the 26th man. Wada will be sent back to Iowa following tonight’s game. The Cubs will face LHP David Holmberg in game two. Holmberg was the White Sox second round pick in the 2009 draft and was traded to Arizona in the Edwin Jackson deal.
Game one all starts with Travis Wood …
Travis Wood is coming off one of his worst starts of the season. Even with a big lead in Boston, Wood could not make it through the fourth inning and the bullpen had to cover the remainder of the second longest game, time wise, in Cubs history. Wood’s command was slightly off again and he was missing his spots just enough to run up his pitch count. Wood was charged with three runs on seven this with four walks and three strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings.
Travis Wood has really struggled outside of Wrigley Field this season and if he struggles early he could end up taking one for his team. Rick Renteria needs at least seven and a quality start from Wood today with a second game tonight.
Travis Wood makes the eighth start of his career against his former team today. Wood is 1-4 in the first seven with a 3.52 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP. Wood has missed his old mates this season and will face the Redlegs for the first time in 2014 today.
Reds Career Numbers against Travis Wood
Johnny Cueto is simply one of the best in the business and he is having an excellent season. Cueto is coming off a rare poor outing, at least by his standards. Cueto gave up three runs on seven hits to the Padres in seven innings with three walks and eight strikeouts. Cueto did not complete at least eight innings for the first time in three starts. Cueto finished June with a 3-1 record in five starts with a 2.43 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP.
The strikeout-prone Cubs’ offense will have to make Cueto work while trying to keep him from adding to his 130 strikeouts (32 walks) this season.
Johnny Cueto is 5-3 in nine starts in his home park this season with a 1.61 ERA and 0.73 ERA. Cueto has allowed 14 runs, 12 earned, on 38 hits with 11 walks and 77 strikeouts in 67 innings at Great American Ball Park.
The Cubs face Johnny Cueto for the first time this year. Cueto has dominated the Cubs and is 8-6 in 19 career starts against the Cubs with a 2.91 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP.
Cubs Career Numbers against Johnny Cueto
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