The Cincinnati Reds (29-47) continue their seven game homestand as they begin a three game series against the Chicago Cubs (48-26) tonight at 7:10. The Reds lost the first three games of the homestand against the Padres, but were able to get a 3-0 win yesterday in the series finale.
The Cubs still hold a sizeable lead in the NL Central. They lead the second place Cardinals by 9.0 games. The Cubs have however lost 6 of their last 7 games. The Cubs no longer have the most wins in the MLB, as both the Rangers and Giants passed them yesterday with 49 wins.
The Reds are 1-6 this season against the Cubs. The Reds are just 7-19 against the Cubs since the start of 2015.
Dan Straily has struggled over his last two starts (10.1 IP, 10 H, 10 ER, 5 BB, 8 K). He will have a tough test tonight against one of the best offense’s in baseball. The Cubs hit Straily pretty hard too in his two appearances (1 start) against them: 7.0 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 6.43 ERA.
You know about Jake Arrieta. He no-hit the Reds earlier this year, and is the reining NL Cy Young winner. If you are looking for positives on Arrieta, he hasn’t pitched deep in his starts lately, and he is walking a lot of batters this year. He has found a way to pitch around the walks (mostly because he never, ever gives up a home run).
Reds batters are 0 for 27 against Jake Arrieta this season. They do have 4 walks though!!!
|1. Ben Zobrist (2B)
2. Jason Heyward (CF)
3. Kris Bryant (3B)
4. Anthony Rizzo (1B)
5. Willson Contreras (LF)
6. Miguel Montero (C)
7. Addison Russell (SS)
8. Chris Coghlan (RF)
9. Jake Arrieta (P)
|1. Zack Cozart (SS)
2. Billy Hamilton (CF)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Jay Bruce (RF)
5. Adam Duvall (LF)
6. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
7. Jose Peraza (2B)
8. Tucker Barnhart (C)
9. Dan Straily (P)
Jose Peraza gets the start in second base over Brandon Phillips. This is probably just an off day for Phillips, but I would certainly like to Peraza play at 2B regularly. Peraza has been playing a little bit of everywhere lately. He has played in LF, CF, 2B, SS, and DH in his 13 games with the Reds.
In his last 15 PA, Brandon Phillips has swung at 30 of the 40 pitches he's seen. He has 2 hits.
— Joel Luckhaupt (@jluckhaupt) June 27, 2016
It has been the Joey and Jay show for the Reds so far in June. Joey Votto is hitting .316/.464/.461 with a 153 wRC+ in June, while Jay Bruce is hitting .293/.337/.641 with a 151 wRC+. Bruce has 7 home runs in June. Bruce is also 5th in all of baseball this season with a .581 SLG.
Willson Contreras is the Cubs #2 prospect who was called up two weeks ago. All he has done is hit .348/.464/.783 with 3 HR in his first 28 PA. Contreras is a catcher, but has been hitting so well that Joe Maddon has been playing him in LF and 1B some.
Anthony Rizzo has been on fire for the Cubs in June. Rizzo is hitting .397/.471/.740 with 6 HR and 219 wRC+. Kris Bryant also has 7 HR for the Cubs this month.
Homer tries it again
For the second time this season, Homer Bailey will begin a rehab assignment. Bailey will be starting for the Louisville Bats against Buffalo tonight at 7:05. C. Trent Rosecrans broke down what is going on with Bailey. You can listen live to Bailey’s rehab start here.
Homer Bailey’s second rehab stint from Tommy John surgery will begin Monday at Triple-A Louisville with a two-inning appearance.
Bailey made two starts in April before elbow pain caused him to stop his rehab from his surgery performed last May. He will make a minimum of five starts before he could return to the Reds, manager Bryan Price said on Thursday.
If he made five starts, that would have him in line to start in the last week or so of July.
Price said he expects Bailey to make the majority — if not all — of his starts at the Triple-A level.
Bailey twice threw in Arizona over the last week, first two simulated innings of 15 pitches each and then two simulated innings of 20 pitches each.
Jumbo is back!
The Reds recalled our old pal Jumbo Diaz from AAA today. J.C. Ramirez was claimed off waivers from the Angels yesterday, which made room. Jumbo has literally been two different pitchers this year. He has been absolutely terrible in the majors, and has been absolutely dominant in the minors. This has been the case for Jumbo each of the last four years with the Reds. Jumbo has an ERA of 1.66, 1.35, 1.13, and 0.75 at AAA the last four seasons. In the majors, he has an ERA of 3.38, 4.18, and 6.30.
It sure would be nice to see the Reds beat around Jake Arrieta tonight. I don’t know if I would recommend putting money on that, but it would be nice nonetheless. Go Reds!
Nick is a lifelong Reds fan who was born and raised in Cincinnati. He acquired his love of baseball from his late grandfather. Nick moved to the Cleveland area in 2014 with his wife, and his currently fighting to convert his beautiful baby daughter Emma to Reds fandom. Nick has been writing for Redleg Nation since 2013. Follow Nick on Twitter @nicholaspkirby.