Game Seventeen: Cubs (9-7) vs. Reds (8-9)
- Game Time – 12:10pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: WGN TV Ch. 9 – Radio: WBBM 780, Cubs Radio Network, XM Radio Channels 184, 844
- Location – Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati
Jake Arrieta (2-1, 1.74/0.87/1.81) vs. Anthony DeSclafani (2-0, 0.86/0.62/2.87)
What was once a three-game series was reduced to a two-game set with Saturday’s rainout. And the Cubs will go for the series sweep this afternoon behind Jake Arrieta.
The Cubs sat around the clubhouse at Great American Ball Park for most of Saturday because the Reds didn’t want to call the game. Most of the players reportedly took the day in stride. But Jake Arrieta was not happy, at least that’s what he said on Twitter. The good news for the Cubs after the wasted day, Arrieta did not start his 40-minute pre-game routine.
The Reds are expected to have Anthony DeSclafani start today despite the fact he went to the Reds pen two different times to start preparing for the game.
With Bryan Price not changing his starter, Joe Maddon is expected to run out the same lineup that was announced for Saturday’s game: Dexter Fowler CF, Jorge Soler RF, Anthony Rizzo 1B, Kris Bryant 3B, Miguel Montero C, Starlin Castro SS, Chris Coghlan LF, Jake Arrieta P and Addison Russell 2B.
The biggest positive from Saturday’s rainout was the bullpen got a chance to catch its collective breath. And Pedro Strop received an extra day to give his foot more time to heal. Maddon should have all of his relievers today in order to mix and match at the end of the game if the Cubs have a lead.
This afternoon all starts with Jake Arrieta …
Jake Arrieta makes his fourth start of the season today. Jake Arrieta bounced back from his one-bad inning outing against the Reds and was very good in Pittsburgh. Arrieta limited the Pirates to one run on four hits in seven innings. Arrieta did not walk a batter and his seventh and final strikeout of the game, Francisco Cervelli, was the 500th strikeout of his career.
The Reds beat Arrieta two starts ago for two reasons. The offense could not string any hits together against Anthony DeSclafani and the three runs Arrieta allowed in the fourth inning. Joey Votto, Jay Bruce and Marlon Byrd delivered the run scoring hits. Arrieta settled back in and pitched into the seventh inning. Arrieta allowed three runs on seven hits with a walk and five strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings.
Jake Arrieta makes his second start on the road this afternoon in his fifth career game against the Reds. Arrieta is 2-2 in the first four with a 3.71 ERA and a 0.86 WHIP. One of Arrieta’s worst starts of the season a year ago came in Cincinnati. The Reds ran all over Arrieta and John Baker. Arrieta lasted only four innings and gave up six runs on six hits with four walks and eight strikeouts. Today is Arrieta’s second career start at Great American Ball Park.
Reds Career Numbers against Jake Arrieta
- Todd Frazier: 2-for-12
- Billy Hamilton: 3-for-9 with three walks
- Jay Bruce: 2-for-11 with one double
- Zack Cozart: 3-for-9 with one double
- Brayan Pena: 0-for-7 with one walk
- Brandon Phillips: 3-for-8 with two doubles
- Skip Schumaker: 1-for-6 with one walk
- Brennan Boesch: 1-for-6 with one double
- Marlon Byrd: 2-for-6
- Devin Mesoraco: 1-for-5 with one walk
- Joey Votto: 2-for-6 with one double
- Anthony DeSclafani: 0-for-3
- Kristopher Negron: 0-for-1 with one walk
Anthony DeSclafani is off to a good start to his Reds career. In one of the better and underrated moves of the off-season, the Reds acquired DeSclafani from the Marlins for Mat Latos and the young right hander hasn’t allowed a run in his last two starts.
Following his dominant performance against the Cubs on April 14 in which he gave up two hits over seven shutout innings, DeSclafani tossed eight innings of shutout ball against the Brewers. In his last two starts (15 innings), DeSclafani has allowed no runs and just four hits with three walks and 10 strikeouts.
This afternoon is DeSclafani’s third career start against the Cubs. DeSclafani is 1-0 in the first two with a 2.70 ERA and a 0.83 WHIP.
Anthony DeSclafani makes his second start of the season in his new home park today. It will be interesting to see what adjustments the Cubs have made, especially in the more hitting friendly environment of Great American Ball Park.
Cubs Career Numbers against Anthony DeSclafani
- Starlin Castro: 1-for-5 with one double and one walk
- Anthony Rizzo: 0-for-6
- Chris Coghlan: 1-for-4
- Dexter Fowler: 1-for-3
- Miguel Montero: 0-for-2 with one walk
- Jorge Soler: 1-for-3
- Jake Arrieta: 0-for-2
- Jonathan Herrera: 0-for-2
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