Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds
The Chicago Cubs and the Cincinnati Reds face off on Thursday at Wrigley Field as they close out their four game series. The Reds are -120 favorites over the Cubs with an over/under run total set at 6.5.
The Chicago Cubs are fading fast in the National League Central and they need to win on Thursday to avoid being swept by the Reds. On Friday Nate Schierholtz hit a home run and Ryan Sweeney and Darwin Barney had hits as the Cubs scored one run on three hits. Starting pitcher Travis Wood allowed four hits and two runs while striking out four over 7.0 innings to take the loss and fall to 5-5 on the year. For Thursday’s game the Cubs start Jeff Samardzjia who never seems to get enough support. For the season Samardzjia has allowed 67 hits and 30 earned runs while striking out 98 over 85 innings for a 3-7 record and a 3.18 ERA.
The Cincinnati Reds have had their way with the Chicago Cubs this series and they look to close it out with a four game sweep. On Wednesday Todd Frazier hit a home run and Derrick Robinson, Shin-Soo Choo, and Brandon Phillips each had hits as the Reds scored two runs on six hits. Starting pitcher Mike Leake was outstanding allowing three hits and a run while striking out six over eight innings to get the win and go to 6-3 on the year and Aroldis Chapman earned his 17th save. For Thursday’s game Cincinnati starts Mat Latos who hasn’t lost a game this season but he has seven no decisions. For the year Latos has allowed 77 hits and 27 earned runs while striking out 74 over 84.2 innings for a 6-0 record and a 2.87 ERA.
Chicago is 1-6 in their last seven games, 1-8 in their last nine home games, and 3-9 in Samardzjia’s last 12 starts. Cincinnati is 6-1 in their last seven road games, 10-4 in their last 14 game four of a series, and 22-6 in Latos’ last 28 starts. Cincinnati is 23-7 in their last 30 games in Chicago.
We have two pitchers who can strike them out and this should be a quick game and low scoring.