Game Thread

Reds at Cubs – August 14, 2017

The Cincinnati Reds (49-69) will kick off a four game series at Wrigley Field against the first place Chicago Cubs (61-55). The Reds are coming off two straight losses in Milwaukee. The Cubs had looked like they had finally kicked it into gear when they started the second half 13-3, but they are just 4-7 since. The Reds will fortunately miss the Cubs hottest starter, Jake Arrietta in the series.

Starting Pitchers

PITCHERS IP K/9 BB/9 ERA FIP fWAR
Asher Wojciechowski 44.2 9.27 1.81 4.23 4.50 0.4
Jose Quintana 134.1 9.58 3.15 4.42 4.06 2.3

Tonight’s pitching matchup will feature two starters who have never faced their opponent. Asher Wojciechowski has very good strikeout and walk numbers so far with the Reds. What has hurt him so far, is his 1.81 HR/9. That said, the league average ERA/FIP is 4.49/4.48, so the Reds have to be thrilled with what they have got from Woj so far. The only Cub he has faced in the MLB is Ben Zobrist, who is 1 for 2 (single, strikeout).

Jose Quintana has had mixed results so far since being traded to the Cubs. He pitched 7 shutout innings in his first start with the Cubs, but has a 7.36 ERA in two stats in August.

Starting Lineups

Reds Cubs
1. Billy Hamilton (CF)
2. Zack Cozart (SS)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Adam Duvall (LF)
5. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
6. Scooter Gennett (2B)
7. Devin Mesoraco (C)
8. Patrick Kivlehan (RF)
9. Asher Wojciechowski (P)
1. Jon Jay (CF)
2. Kris Bryant (3B)
3. Anthony Rizzo (1B)
4. Ben Zobrist (2B)
5. Kyle Schwarber (LF)
6. Alex Avila (C)
7. Jason Heyward (RF)
8. Addison Russell (SS)
9. Javier Baez (SS)
10. Jose Quintana (P)

Other news and notes

Scott Schebler will start his rehab tomorrow with the Bats.

Conclusion

The Reds are 3-6 against the Cubs so far in 2017. All that I see is four straight wins the next four days to get the Reds to 7-6, AMIRITE? Go Reds!

85 thoughts on “Reds at Cubs – August 14, 2017

  1. Seriously, why is Peraza not playing? Just when he was heating up and getting into a groove…. He gets benched? Why? Is he injured?

    Can someone explain why in this season of sorting one of the Reds’ supposed future starters is now riding the bench?

  2. Is it every night, or does it just seem like it, that our pitching gives up 10 runs or more? Monumentally – historically – infuriatingly inept.

    • Other than Castillo, whose stuff is so electric you continue starting him, no pitcher has improved at the MLB level this season.

      Why that is, and who is responsible is the biggest enigma, IMO, of the 2017 Reds season.

      Is Price merely “coaching the coaches” (a la John Cooper, OSU) (shudder)
      Mack Jenkins incompetent?
      Look at the Louisville Bats?

      Starting pitching is sooooo expensive, especially for tiny market Reds.

      Andrew Cashner is averaging less than 5Ks per 9, soft-tossing to 2.0 WAR on a 1 yr/$10 million deal for Texas. He’s getting paid this off-season

      The Reds have too much invested in their SP prospects, and can’t afford to replace them via FA, not to figure out why no one has developed this season.

  3. Gennett pitching.

    Holy cow.

    Is this part of the “sorting”? Part of the rebuild?

    This season is descending into farce. Still 6+ weeks to go.

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