Chicago Cubs at Cincinnati Reds
|Date & Time||Saturday August 10, 2019, 7:10 PM (EDT)|
Great American Ballpark
Cincinnati Reds -105 / Chicago Cubs -115
The Chicago Cubs and the Cincinnati Reds meet in game three of a four game NL Central division set in MLB action from Great American Ballpark on Saturday.
The Chicago Cubs will look to rebound after dropping game two by a final score of 5-2 on Friday. Nick Castellanos had a solo home run while Anthony Rizzo went 2 for 3 with an RBI to finish off Chicago’s scoring as a team in the loss. Jason Heyward added a double while Kris Bryant chipped in a base hit of his own as the Cubbies mustered up just five hits as a team in the loss. Yu Darvish took the loss, falling to 4-6 on the year after allowing four runs on four hits while striking out nine over six innings of work. Kyle Hendricks will start game three and is 8-8 with a 3.06 ERA and 112 strikeouts this season. In his career, Hendricks is 6-2 with a 3.29 ERA and 89 strikeouts against Cincinnati.
The Cincinnati Reds will look to build some steam after picking up the win in game two, evening up the series at one win apiece with the victory. Aristides Aquino had a home run and two RBIs while Joey Votto and Eugenio Suarez each added a solo home run. Jose Peraza had an RBI as well to finish off Cincy’s scoring as a team in the win while Josh VanMeter added a double and Nick Senzel added a base hit as well as the Reds had just six hits as a team in the winning effort. Trevor Bauer got his first win in a Reds uniform after allowing just one run on three hits while striking out 11 over seven innings of work. Raisel Iglesias closed out the 9th for his 23rd save of the season. Sonny Gray will start game three and is 6-6 with a 3.25 ERA and 137 strikeouts this season. In his career, Gray is 1-2 with a 3.63 ERA and 23 strikeouts against the Cubs.
Chicago is 9-20 in their last 29 road games and 2-6 in Hendricks’ last 8 starts while the over is 4-1-1 in their last 6 games overall. Cincinnati is 8-2 in Gray’s last 10 starts, 10-1 in Gray’s last 11 starts against a team with a winning record and 8-1 in Gray’s last 9 division starts while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 games overall. Chicago is 2-5 in Hendricks’ last 7 starts against Cincinnati and are 3-8 in the last 11 meetings between these two teams in Cincinnati.
Gray has a lower ERA on the road than at home, but he’s also gone 5-2 in 11 starts at home this season. The Reds are also one of the major league’s hottest offenses since the all-star break. Chicago has a solid lineup from top to bottom, including Hendricks who has allowed two runs or less in each of his last seven starts, but the Cubs haven’t had a lot of success with him on the mound and the Cubs still have some issues to figure out when it comes to playing on the road, so I’ll take a shot with Cincinnati to take the series lead on Saturday with a victory here.