The Cincinnati Reds (71-79) will travel to Wrigley Field to play the Chicago Cubs (65-84) for the final time in 2014. The Cubs have already been officially been eliminated from the postseason, while the Reds elimination numbers are 1 in the NL Central, and 5 in the wild-card.

The Cubs have certainly had a worse season than the Reds, but the Cubs are playing baseball in September with a young, vibrant group of talented players. The Reds are just trying to make it to the end of the season without any more serious injuries. The Cubs do come into this series having lost 8 of their last 9 games.

By this point in the season you know more than you could ever want to know about the Chicago Cubs, so I will just give you the pitching matchups and the Cubs projected lineup for the series.

Pitching Matchups

Reds Cubs SP

Projected Lineup

Cubs lineup

*Starlin Castro is likely out for the season with an ankle injury

*Anthony Rizzo is currently listed as day-to-day with a back injury, but is expected to play Monday night. Rizzo has been out since 8/26.

Who’s Hot (last 7 days)

  • Matt Szczur: .455/.500/.818, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 268 wRC+, 0.3 WAR
  • Wellington Castillo: .400/.409/.500, 3 RBI, 149 wRC+, 0.3 WAR
  • Mike Olt: .300/.391/.400, 2 BB, 2 RBI, 126 wRC+, 01 WAR

Who’s Cold (last 7 days)

  • Logan Watkins: .000/.077/.000, 0 for 12, -80 wRC+, -0.2 WAR
  • Chris Coghlan: .182/.217/.227, 4 for 22, 7 K, 20 wRC+, -0.2 WAR

 

9 Responses

  1. sultanofswaff

    Let’s not start shivering in our boots about the Cubs just yet. Alcantara and Baez both have a long ways to go before they prove they’re even worthy of a starting spot. That said, the pitching is more advanced than I thought it would be at this stage of the rebuild. Hendricks and Arrieta are a nice pair. I fully expect the Cubs to spend on a front line starter this winter as well.

    As much as I’d like to drive in from the exurbs to see Cueto pitch tomorrow, I’m not sure I could stomach seeing the Reds collect a smattering of hits vs. Arrieta. Bleacher tickets are $7, so there’s that.

    What to do?!?

  2. msanmoore

    3 night games in a row at Wrigley … better watch for great cracks forming in the Earth’s surface on Clark St.

    Let’s have some fun and sweep the Stupid Cubs!

  3. Jake

    Wonder which Reds team will show up for the series. The one that strikes out 9+times a game, the one that loses by one run or the one that everybody seems to be on the same page and we win by 4+ runs

  4. Shchi Cossack

    12 games remaining and tonight begins a 3 game series with the Stupider Cubbies. A sweep by the Cubs and there’s a fight on for 4th place in the NLCD. Anything else and the Reds 2014 season is pretty much in the books. The Reds will be officially eliminated from post season play during this series but the Reds will have a definite say regarding the 2nd NL WC team with the final 6 games against the Brew Crew and Bucos, meh. Phillips will probably win another GG and Hamilton may back into the NL ROY, but that’s it for the Reds 2014 season.

    • msanmoore

      Billy’s just looking tired lately. His tired hustle is still faster than most anybody else … but it does look tired. I agree he should be a backed-into-it lock for ROY though.

  5. George Mirones

    Something to think about;
    The opening day pitching staff for 2015, based on what we have now, and the combined thinking (trading Latos, Cueto, Bailey, Chapman and DFA; Hoover, Ondrusek, LeCure, Para) of the many commenters, would be the following;
    Starters;
    Leake
    Holmberg
    Corcino
    Cingrani
    Iglesias

    Relief;
    Simon
    Diaz
    Contreras
    Marshall
    Villarreal
    Dennick
    Axelrod
    12 Pitchers total

    Think about it.
    Just how many 150 wRC+ “bats” would the Reds need to overcome the pitching staff?

    • Drew

      There is zero chance this SP staff isn’t Leake/Bailey and either Cueto or Latos and Simon to start next season.

      • George Mirones

        While I don’t disagree totally with you I do think that the relief group will look close to reality and to build the line up and fill left field the Reds can only hope that Votto, Bruce, Phillips, are completely healthy even then, the Reds will be looking at
        diminished skill sets.

  6. vegastypo

    interesting starting lineup to start the series …

    CF: Billy Hamilton
    2B: Kristopher Negron
    1B: Todd Frazier
    C: Devin Mesoraco
    RF: Yorman Rodriguez
    LF: Jason Bourgeois
    3B: Ramon Santiago
    SS: Jake Elmore
    SP: Alfredo Simon