Chicago Cubs (42-31) at Cincinnati Reds (30-45)
|Date & Time||Saturday June 23, 2018, 4:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Cincinnati Reds / Chicago Cubs --- Over/Under:
The Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds meet Saturday in MLB action at Great American Ball Park.
The Chicago Cubs could use a victory here after splitting their last eight games. The Cubs have allowed 12 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last 10 games. The Chicago Cubs have lost four straight games when allowing more than one run. Offensively, Kris Bryant leads the Cubs with 74 hits and 36 RBI while Javier Baez and Albert Almora Jr. have combined for 137 hits and 69 RBI. The Cubs didn’t list starting pitcher at the time this article was posted.
The Cincinnati Reds look to stay hot after winning eight of their last 10 games. The Reds have scored 17 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 11 of their last 13 games. The Cincinnati Reds have won eight straight games when scoring more than two runs. Scooter Gennett leads the Reds with 91 hits and 50 RBI while Joey Votto and Jose Peraza have combined for 156 hits and 56 RBI. Anthony DeSclafani gets the ball, and he is 2-1 with a 4.60 ERA and 15 strikeouts this season. DeSclafani is 2-2 with a 3.70 ERA and 41 strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.
The Cubs are 4-1 in their last 5 Saturday games, 43-18 in their last 61 road games vs. a right-handed starter and 11-5 in their last 16 road games. The Reds are 4-1 in their last 5 during game 3 of a series, 8-24 in their last 32 Saturday games and 5-2 in DeSclafanis last 7 starts with 5 days of rest. The Cubs are 20-9 in the last 29 meetings in Cincinnati, 46-20 in the last 66 meetings and the Reds are 1-4 in DeSclafanis last 5 starts vs. Cubs.
It's only a matter of time before the Chicago Cubs get back on track, and it's certainly a matter of time before the Cincinnati Reds return to being the Cincinnati Reds. The Reds aren't going to be this hot for much longer, and DeSclafani is a pitcher who has allowed 19 hits and nine runs in just 15.2 innings of work this season. In 74 career at bats against current Cubs, DeSclafani is allowing a .270 batting average with a .308 on base percentage. This feels like the game where the Cubs can do some damage offensively and get a win to kind of right the ship a bit.