Series Preview: Cincinnati Reds at the Chicago Cubs
Finally, the Chicago Cubs are going to get by their home stadium. Today will make game one of a ten game home stand that they desperately need just so they can sleep in their own beds. Maybe that will be enough to get their minds right after dropping the last three series. The Cubs will host a pretty good Reds team who started out on fire but have since have fallen back a bit carrying a 19-18 record. But as I’m writing this I just remember that the Chicago Cubs at 18-19.
The Reds might actually contend down the stretch for the National League Central, led by Joey Votto who is batting .291 with 10 HR and 33 RBIs. His stats are good enough to rank amount league leaders. Votto has been outstanding at Wrigley carrying a .317 batting average with 13 HRs, 29 doubles, and 48 RBIs in 78 games.
The Cubs haven’t been very good at home batting .233 at Wrigley with a 7-9 record. The pitchers have a bad 4.13 ERA in the 16 games.
“We’ve done well on the road,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “The problem is we haven’t done well at home. If we’d had a decent home record right now, we’d be in a pretty good shape.
“We do need to get back on track at Wrigley. That’s been the anchor, playing at Wrigley. It’s that internal feeling that you create, when you start creating your own magic, things start going your way because you’re playing the game well and properly daily. You get that belief if it’s tight late, you’re going to win it somehow. That’s who we are.”
Tonight at 7:05 pm on CSN, the bane of my Cubs fandom will be on the mound and that is Bronson Arroyo. Every time he pitches against the Cubs I say this, He is an absolute Cubs Killer. I don’t know what it is from this 40 yr old who can barely throw but it’s def a thing. On our side, we will see John Lackey take the mound who has moved up a start. The move will allow Lester to pitch on his regular rest. Eddie Butler will get the start Friday against the Brewers.
Tonight’s line up
Here’s how we’ll line up to open our 10-game homestand.
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) May 16, 2017
Wednesday at 7:05 pm WGN
RH Scott Feldman (2-3 3.59 ERA) vs RH Kyle Hendricks (2-2 3.40 ERA)
Thursday at 1:20 pm CSN
RH Lisalverto Bonilla (0-1 3.45 ERA) vs LH Jon Lester (1-2 3.45 ERA)