Cincinnati Reds vs. Chicago Cubs
The Cincinnati Reds and the Chicago Cubs meet for game two of their weather shortened series in Cincinnati. The Reds are -135 favorites over the Cubs with an over/under run total set at 8.
After having their game on Tuesday rained out the Reds finally made it the field on Wednesday but they dropped the game to the Cubs. On Wednesday Brandon Phillips, Jay Bruce, and Chris Heisey all had hits but that was all of the offense the Reds could muster as they scored just once on three hits for the night. On the mound Bronson Arroyo wasn’t bad as he allowed nine hits and three earned runs while striking out three over six innings to take his first loss of the year. For Thursday’s game the Cincinnati starts Homer Bailey who has a win and a no decision in his last two starts. For the season Bailey has allowed 25 hits and 10 earned runs while striking 16 in 25 innings of work.
The Chicago Cubs are in last place in the N.L. Central but they have won six of their last 10 games and appear to be playing better baseball than they did earlier this season. On Wednesday Bryan Lahair and Ian Stewart hit solo home runs and Alfonso Soriano, Geovany Soto, and Starlin Castro had two hits each as the Cubs pounded out 10 hits and scored three times. Jeff Samardzjia had a monster outing on the mound allowing three hits and a run while striking out seven over 7.2 innings of work and Carlos Marmol picked up his second save. For Thursday’s game Chicago starts Ryan Dempster who returns from the 15 day disabled list. For the season Dempster has allowed 11 hits and five earned runs while striking out 23 over 20.1 innings of work for a 1.33 ERA.
Cincinnati is 7-4 in their last 11 home games, 18-8 in their last 26 games as a home favorite, and 20-8 in Bailey’s last 28 home starts. Chicago is 5-9 in their last 14 games against a right handed starter, 3-7 in their last 10 road games, and 0-4 in Dempster’s last four starts. Chicago is 2-5 in their last seven meetings against the Reds.
With the total set at eight I have this one staying under the number.