Game Thread

Reds at Cubs – August 17, 2017

The Cincinnati Reds (50-71) will try to leave Wrigley Field with a series split against the Chicago Cubs (63-56). The two teams square off in the series finale today at 2:20 PM. The Reds had a big comeback last night, but still fell short 7-6 on a walk-off, wild-pitch in the bottom of the 9th. The game also sadly saw Joey Votto’s streak of reaching base at least twice end at 20 games.

Starting Pitchers

PITCHERS IP K/9 BB/9 ERA FIP fWAR
Scott Feldman 107.2 7.69 2.93 4.43 4.50 1.3
Jon Lester 146.2 9.51 2.76 3.99 3.62 2.8

Scott Feldman will be making his second start since returning from the DL. In his first start, he only lasted 4.0 innings, throwing 84 pitches. Feldman did however strike out 6 batters, and only walked 1. Feldman is certainly a possible trade candidate to watch over the next two weeks. There haven’t been any rumors, but you would have to think with his starter/reliever flexibility he would be attractive to many teams to help them down the stretch.

Feldman pitched for the Cubs back in 2013, and his two starts against the Cubs earlier this season were his only appearances of his career.

6/30 at CHC: 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K
5/17 vs CHC: 2.2 IP, 5 H, 7 R, 5 ER, 0 HR, 3 BB, 4 K


Jon Lester has not been the same pitcher of late. Since the start of July, Lester has a 4.67 ERA. He does however has 51 K/12 BB with a .310 BABIP (career .297 BABIP) over that span, so it could mostly just be bad luck.

Lester has a 3.79 ERA with 60 K and 11 BB in 11 starts against the Reds in his career. The Reds have however done well against him this season, as he has a 6.17 ERA and 1.63 WHIP in a pair of starts.

Starting Lineups

Reds Cubs
1. Billy Hamilton (CF)
2. Jose Peraza (SS)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Adam Duvall (LF)
5. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
6. Scooter Gennett (2B)
7. Phillip Ervin (RF)
8. Stuart Turner (C)
9. Scott Feldman (P)
1. Jon Jay (CF)
2. Kyle Schwarber (LF)
3. Kris Bryant (3B)
4. Anthony Rizzo (1B)
5. Ben Zobrist (RF)
6. Alex Avila (C)
7. Ian Happ (2B)
8. Javier Baez (SS)
9. Jon Lester (P)

Other news and notes

Conclusion

Last night was pretty brutal for our Redlegs. However, you will always take a series split at Wrigley Field, and the Reds can do just that today. Go Reds!

112 thoughts on “Reds at Cubs – August 17, 2017

  1. What do you know we just had a Winker sighting and he followed a Irvin walk with one of his own.Don’t these guys know it clogs up the base when they walk.

  2. Look for Ervin to be,sent down after today. We can’t have somebody come up and hit 400 with 2 bombs! Our leadoff Centerfielder needs to hit under 200 for the month. Like I said the other day Ervin and Winker need to be playing everyday for the rest of the year.

  3. Great team win.Pitching got it done the last 4 innings and they kept the pressure on offensively and split the series.Team showed me a lot after they could have easily mailed it in after blowing a nine run lead.

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