Cincinnati Reds at Chicago Cubs
|Date & Time||Sunday May 26, 2019, 2:20 PM (EDT)|
Chicago Cubs -153 / Cincinnati Reds +143
The Cincinnati Reds and the Chicago Cubs will meet up on the MLB circuit Sunday to finish their series.
In the opener of this set, the Reds eked out a 6-5 win. On Saturday, Chicago returned the favor with an 8-6 victory to even it up.
For the Sunday rubber match, the Reds will be sending out Tanner Roark in the start. Over 51.1 innings and a 3-3 mark so far, Roark has a 3.51 ERA with 50 Ks and 23 BBs.
Cincinnati poured in 14 hits in the loss Saturday, but coughed up two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning and sealed their collective fate. Joey Votto, Eugenio Suarez and Tucker Barnhart each had three hits in that one, with four RBI and three runs between them.
Over on the Cubs’ side, they’re going with Jose Quintana on Sunday. In his 57.1 innings and 4-3 record this year, Quintana has a 3.30 ERA with 54 Ks and 18 BBs.
Chicago spread their 11 hits out pretty evenly Saturday, as only two players had more than one knock. Addison Russell was the leader there, notching three hits, two runs and a two-run homer.
The Reds Are 36-77 in their last 113 Sunday games and 5-11 in their last 16 versus a lefty starter. Cincinnati is 13-6 in the last 19 versus a team with a winning record and 16-36 in their last 52 versus the NL Central.
Meanwhile, the Cubs are 5-0 in their last five Sunday games and 6-1 in their last seven in game one of a series. Chicago is 13-6 in their last 19 home games and 24-11 in their last 35 overall.
Roark had a couple of good starts this month with two earned over 12.2 innings, but since then he’s given up five earned in 10.0 innings on 10 hits and has lost two straight outings.
As for Quintana, he’s put up quality starts in three of his last four (and 5.0 innings with three earned in the other one), but is 1-2 in that span.
I like Quintana to come out and pitch well here and put the Cubs in position for a win, so long as their offense shows up. Still, I’ll stick with Chicago.