The Reds (5-3) are looking to rub off the sting from the last two losses and avoid the sweep this evening at the hands of the 1st place Chicago Cubs (7-1.) Reds Opening Day starter Raisel Iglesias is looking to continue his solid start to the 2016 season and stop the Reds losing ways in Wrigley.
The following stats are from 2015:
These two pitchers faced each other last September in Chicago. Raisel Iglesias performed then as he has in most of his starts: 6-7 innings, more strikeouts than innings pitched, a couple of walks, and a couple of runs. Both Cubs runs off him in that game came by way of two solo homeruns, including one from Anthony Rizzo. Iglesias has issued two walks and struck out 12 in 11.2 innings so far this season.
This is only Jason Hammel’s second outing this season. Last week against the Diamondbacks, he allowed one run while walking three and striking out six over six innings. In his September start against Cincinnati last year, he allowed four runs over five innings. He didn’t walk a batter in that game, but gave up seven hits including a 1st inning homerun to Jason Bourgeois.
|1. Billy Hamilton (CF)
2. Eugenio Suarez (SS)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Brandon Phillips (2B)
5. Jay Bruce (RF)
6. Adam Duvall (LF)
7. Jordan Pacheco (3B)
8. Tucker Barnhart (C)
9. Raisel Iglesias (P)
|1. Dexter Fowler (CF)
2. Jason Heyward (RF)
3. Ben Zobrist (2B)
4. Anthony Rizzo (1B)
5. Kris Bryant (LF)
6. Tommy La Stella (3B)
7. Miguel Montero (C)
8. Addison Russell (SS)
9. Jason Hammel (P)
ON-THE-ROSTER INJURY REPORT
Devin Mesoraco and Zack Cozart were held out of yesterday’s and today’s lineup, but neither are expected to be out long, per the Cincinnati Enquirer’s C. Trent Rosecrans:
Cozart and Mesoraco are both coming off major surgeries and early season cold weather has caused stiffness. Both complained of quadriceps tightness.
Temperatures today in Chicago are expected to top out at around 55 degrees, but drop into the 40’s again during the early part of tonight’s game.
COMING BACK FROM THE DL
Reds starter Jon Moscot has been announced as Sunday’s starter in St. Louis. He will be taking the spot that was previously occupied by Robert Stephenson. Rosecrans has an update for each of the other Reds starters currently on the DL:
— Homer Bailey appeared in extended spring training on Monday and took a comebacker off his foot. The Reds have not yet determined if it will impact his ability to pitch on his next scheduled appearance.
— Anthony DeSclafani threw a 45-pitch bullpen before yesterday’s game. The Reds are considering him for a rehab assignment.
— Michael Lorenzen (mononucleosis) is back in Arizona and is working back into pitching shape.
— John Lamb made a start in extended spring training on Monday and is expected to make a rehab start for AAA Louisville either Saturday or Sunday.
CUBS BEST START SINCE 1985
The Cubs are 7-1 for the first time since 1985. That 1985 club would go on to finish in 4th place, 23.5 games out of first.
Happy 23rd birthday to Cincinnati Reds pitcher, Brandon Finnegan!
I still find it weird to play a series in Wrigley without any day games. In fact, the Reds played the Cubs in more day games in GABP last season than the two played in Chicago. It’s one of those traditions that has gone the way of having Opening Day on Monday, I guess.
Anyway, the Reds have one of their good young pitchers on the mound tonight. It should be a much closer game than last night’s affair, and hopefully a much better outcome for our Redlegs!