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.
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.
|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
Cubs' Kris Bryant calls Reds' Joey Votto 'the best player ever' – Chicago Tribune https://t.co/h6jxDYAJcG
— Dan Hoard (@Dan_Hoard) August 17, 2017
— Cut4 (@Cut4) August 17, 2017
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!
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.