Game 146 (Cincinnati v Chicago Cubs)

No need to explain, but Travis Wood is a good Cubs pitcher and the Reds bats went cold. The Cold factor has been around for 4 games, but consider the Dodgers pitching staff is top-notch. Here is my taste in medicine on Reds hitting for the past 4 games.

Friday, Los Angeles Dodgers went 2 runs ahead of Reds, but thanks to small ball and a Joey Votto home-run, the Reds won by 1.The AVG/OBP/SLG/OPS for this game was .250/.364/.357/.721

Saturday, Los Angeles and Cincinnati scored a run each in the 1st inning. After the 1st time through the lineup, Mat Latos for the Reds threw a pitch to Yasiel Puig that left the yard, making it 3-2. On to the 7th inning, Reds scored on a Cesar Izturis double that brought in the tying run. On to the 10th inning, Ryan Ludwick hits a single up the middle, putting Billy Hamilton in the game as a pinch runner. Todd Frazier at the place, Hamilton steals on A.J. Ellis, after the steal, Frazier hits a single to bring in the winning run. The numbers were .306/.390/.361/.751, the best out of the Los Angeles Series.

Sunday, Clayton Kershaw and Homer Bailey dueled to a No-Decision, but Jay Bruce broke way and hit solo home runs, but the Dodgers responded back with a Hanley Ramirez home run to tie the game. On to the 9th inning, the Reds put the winning run on 1st with a Cozart single, Ryan Hanigan was at the place to face sinker pitcher Ronald Bellisario. Bellisario threw the sinker, Hanigan got ahead of it and made Carl Crawford chase to the wall and Cozart beats Crawford throw at home plate, ensuing chaos at Great American Ballpark for a Reds sweep over Dodgers with a score of 3-2. The numbers were the worst in the series with a .207/.324/.448/.772.

The Dodgers series cumulated to a .258/.361/.387/.748, now to last night. Reds faced former Red who is an All-Star in the name of Travis Wood, he has faced the Reds four times prior to last night’s game versus Arroyo’s two games. Want to know the numbers? .206/.250/.206/.456, oh and the Reds were 0-10 with RISP.

It may be that the left hand pitchers have been a struggle for Reds, but thankfully, the Reds are facing right hand pitcher, Edwin Jackson today.

GRADES:

  • Bronson Arroyo: 7 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 6 SO & 2 HR. 2.57 ERA & 1.00 WHIP. Grade 80.16% (B)
  • Alfredo Simón and Logan Ondrusek: 2/3 IP. 0.00 ERA & 0.00 WHIP. Grade 100% (A)
  • Manny Parra: 1 1/3 IP, 2 BB & 2 SO. 0.00 ERA & 1.50 WHIP. Grade 91.67% (A)

Box Score (Chicago Cubs at Cincinnati) September 9, 2013

Game Preview (September 10, 2013) Chicago Cubs at Cincinnati

Game 2

Prediction:

Edwin Jackson:  5 2/3 IP, 7 H, 2 2B, HR, 3 R, 2 BB & 7 SO

Tony Cingrani: 7 2/3 IP, 2 H, 2B, 6 SO & 2 HBP

Things to Consider

  • Edwin Jackson has faced the Reds once this season, he has a 7.20 ERA and 1.80 WHIP in that game and grades to a 50% (F). His per 9’s, 14.4 H, 1.8 BB & 9 K. K/BB is 5.
  • Tony Cingrani has faced the Cubs three times this season, he has 20 IP, 12 H, 8 ER, 2 BB, 19 SO & 4 HR. Cingrani has a 3.60 ERA & 0.70 WHIP, his grade is a 76.11% (C). His per 9’s, 5.4 H, 0.9 BB, 8.55 K & 1.8 HR. K/BB is 9.5.
  • Reds, Cardinals and Pirates all have 6 games this week, a confident way to win the division for now being 2 back is to finish out 1 win above St. Louis, Reds are down a win, so a 5-1 Reds and 4-2 Cardinals gains a game from 1st. Baseball is a grind and patience is key!
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